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February 12, 2014

CLASS 2A SECTIONAL: Season ends for Hornets, Generals

Pioneers will face Paoli, Musketeers get Crawford in semis

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PEKIN — CRAWFORD COUNTY 49, CLARKSVILLE 42

The Generals led for most of the first half, before falling victim to a 10-2 Crawford County run in the third quarter to become a victim of a 29-22 hole.

Still, Haley Jenkins wasn’t quite ready to call it a season.

The Clarksville senior, who finished her career with a 23-point effort, dropped two fast buckets to make it 33-30 heading into the final period.

Even after the Wolfpack answered back with two baskets to open the quarter, Jenkins kept Clarksville close and her 3-point play off a steal cut the gap to 44-39 with 2:40 left to play.

The teams traded hitting the front end of 1-and-1 from the foul line, then traded possessions twice. By the time Clarksville got its final basket of the season from Abigail Hurtgen with 13 seconds left, the Wolfpack only had to hit their free throws to keep its season alive.

Crawford County went 5-of-6 from the stripe over the final 1:52.

Still, Crawford County was lucky to have hung in during Bailey Sharp’s opening blitz.

The sophomore hit three first-half 3s from the Generals, who took a 17-15 edge on Sharp’s second trey. She broke a 17-17 tie with her third and Clarksville would have held a three-point lead at halftime, if not for a jumper by Kaitlin Tincher with 20 seconds left before the teams hit the locker room.

Clarksville had grabbed its largest lead to that point at 13-9 on a buzzer-beating 3 by sophomore Amber Grier. With three seconds left in the first period, the ball came to Grier, who looked for a teammate before throwing up a deep 3 from the top of the key that banked into the basket. The teams were tie three times and the lead changed hands four times over the first eight minutes.

A Jenkins free throw gave Clarksville a 14-9 edge, but Crawford County ran off the next six points to set up the finish to the first half and the exclamation point by Sharp.

Jenkins also had seven rebounds and four steals for the Generals, who also got six points from Hurtgen. Sharp did not connect on a 3 in the second half to finish with 10 points.

Tylynn Allen had 18 points for Crawford County.

Jenkins, Hurtgen, Gabby Evans, Brittney Fryrear and Meranda Thierman played their final game in a Clarksville uniform.

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