By GREG MENGELT
Henryville won its first Class 2A sectional game in school history, beating Crawford County 52-40 on Friday.
It didn’t look good early against the winless Wolfpack. After winning three of their last four games, including a 59-36 win over Crawford County in their regular-season finale, the Hornets fell behind the Wolfpack 23-15 at the half in Tuesday’s Paoli Sectional quarterfinal.
“Defensively, they did a lot better job of making us play on our heels,” Henryville coach Josh Conrad said. “They hit more shots than they did the other night.”
Haley Huddleston and Emily Hollis scored 13 points apiece for Henryville, which outscored Crawford 24-11 in the third quarter and 13-6 in the fourth to advance to Friday’s second semifinal against Eastern.
“In the second half, we were more balanced defensively,” Conrad said. “We were able to get a couple of stops and get a couple of transition baskets and that helped a lot. It’s nice to get to play another day.”
In the first meeting against Eastern on Jan. 24, Henryville fell behind the Musketeers 32-15 after three quarters before outscoring them 20-9 in the fourth.
“We have to be able to score against them,” Conrad assessed. “In the last quarter [of the 41-35 loss], we were able to do that and it gives us some confidence against them.”
Chelsea LaMotte added 11 points and Lesha Dallas seven for Henryville, which improved to 14-9 with the victory.
Crawford’s season closed with an 0-22 mark.
GENERALS FALL TO NO. 4 PAOLI
After being tied 8-8 early with Clarksville, Class 2A No. 4 Paoli closed the first quarter on a 15-0 run en route to a 74-38 victory over the Generals.
“They upped the pressure and we just didn’t handle it very well,” Clarksville coach B.D. Ledbetter explained.
Paoli led 49-12 at the half. The Rams, who will face 11-10 Providence in Friday’s first semifinal, knocked down nine 3-pointers in the victory.
“They’re just so solid and they don’t make any mistakes,” Ledbetter praised. “I didn’t realize that they were that good of a shooting team.”
After starting the season 3-5, Clarksville won only once after Dec. 4. That didn’t tell the story of the Generals’ season, Ledbetter said. And with no seniors, next year should see Clarksvile’s record improve.
“Record-wise, it didn’t show how much we improved,” Ledbetter said of his Generals, who were led by junior Gabby Jenkins’ 15 points on Tuesday. “We have more confidence now that we can win. Even tonight, this team believed it could win. The girls know they’re getting better and they understand what need to do to get to a point where they’re a winning team. They’re starting to figure it out.”