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January 29, 2014

GIRLS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: New Wash gets by Crothersville in OT

Mustangs overcome slow start led by Johnson’s 25 second-half points

CROTHERSVILLE — After a poor shooting performance in the first half of Tuesday’s Southern Athletic Conference girls basketball game at Crothersville, New Washington hit its stride, forced overtime and pulled out a 65-61 win.

The Mustangs managed an 8-7 lead through one quarter, but they turned the ball over eight times in the second quarter and only scored two points — on two free throws by Ashley Johnson at 1:58. They shot an abysmal 3 of 31 from the field in the half.

Crothersville, on the other hand, scored the first 12 points of the second quarter and outscored New Washington 16-2 to take a 23-10 lead at halftime.

“Needless to say, it gave us some concern because we came out flat, and that’s somewhat surprising,” Mustangs coach Terry White said. “I know the rhythm has just been disrupted with some of the rescheduled games with the weather, and that of course is an excuse. We’ve tried to keep them somewhat sharp, and I’m just not so sure that we did a good job with the mental aspect of it. I think the physical aspect of it we did, but not the mental aspect.”

The Mustangs finally found some rhythm and doubled up on the Tigers in the third quarter, outscoring the hosts 24-12 to pull within 35-34 going into the fourth quarter.

Crothersville then responded with the first eight points of the fourth quarter, capped off with Alexis Adair’s fourth 3-pointer of the game at the 6-minute mark to make it 43-34.

The Mustangs charged back by making long-range shots and free throws and forcing turnovers.

“It was unfortunate we didn’t have the second-half effort the first half because then it would have changed the momentum of the game because what we did is we allowed (the Tigers) to obviously gain some confidence at our expense,” White said. “Fortunately, we were able to have more points than them at the end of the game.”

Missed free throws and costly turnovers at the end of regulation hurt Crothersville.

After going 7 of 8 from the free throw line in the first half, the Tigers were 11 of 26 in the second. On top of that, the they had 14 of their 27 turnovers in the second half, including two in the final 1:10 of regulation.

New Washington got three free throws from Johnson to pull ahead 57-53 late in the fourth quarter. With four seconds to go, Adair was fouled when she made a 3-pointer, and she converted a four-point play.

Katrina Christian’s layup with 1:45 remaining in overtime put Crothersville on top 60-59, but Johnson made her fourth 3-pointer of the game at 1:20 to lift her team to victory.

“I think more than anything else, it was a confidence thing,” White said of the difference in the second half and overtime. “It appears we were mentally ready when we came (out in the second half). Our discussion at halftime is that we’ve got to play the type of basketball that we’re capable of playing.”

Johnson tallied a game-high 30 points, including 25 in the second half and overtime, and Emilee Holloway had 15 for the Mustangs (8-8, 1-2 SAC). Johnson made it a double-double with 14 rebounds.

Christian led the Tigers (6-9, 0-4 SAC) with 22 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Adair had 20 points, and Abby Jewell had a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Crothersville finished the game 20 of 38 from the foul line, while New Washington was 15 of 28.

 

NEW WASHINGTON 65, CROTHERSVILLE 61 (OT)

New Washington    8   2 24 23 8—65

Crothersville    7 16 12 22 4—61

    Crothersville (6-9, 0-4 MSC): Alexis Adair 6 3-5 20, Kashmir Kelshaw 0 0-0 0, Allison Davidson 1 1-2 3, Katrina Christian 7 8-18 22, Abby Jewell 3 7-11 13, Madison Reynolds 0 1-2 1, Cassidy Mantz 0 0-0 0, Becca Hensley 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 20-38 61.

    New Washington (8-8, 1-2): Brooke Abbott 0 1-2 1, Kaitlyn Schindler 1 0-2 2, Emilee Holloway 5 1-2 15, Ashley Johnson 9 8-10 30, Lexie James 1 4-8 6, Haley Tye 2 1-4 7, Gracie Krouse 0 0-0 0, Reagan Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Katie Herrod 0 0-0 0, Macie McCarty 2 0-0 4. Totals: 20 15-28 65.

    3-point goals: Crothersville (Adair 5), New Washington (Holloway 4, Johnson 4, Tye 2).

    Rebounds: Crothersville 47 (Christian 16, Jewell 14), New Washington 47 (Johnson 14).

    Turnovers: Crothersville 27, New Washington 17.

    Fouls: Crothersville 16, New Washington 24 (fouled out: Abbott).

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