For The Tribune
The Crothersville girls basketball team got back over .500 with a 56-43 victory against visiting Edinburgh on Thursday.
The Lancers came out of the gate in the first quarter and took a 17-9 lead, with the Tigers committing six turnovers.
Edinburgh’s defense also allowed the Tigers to only hit 4 of 10 shots from the field, compared to the Lancers hitting 8 of 19 shots.
The second quarter belonged to the Tigers, as they outscored the Lancers 14-6 to tie the score at the halfway mark 23-all.
The Tigers played with more intensity and forced the Lancers to commit 10 turnovers and only allowed the Lancers to take nine shots prior to intermission.
No one scored until the 4:35 mark, and both teams threw the ball away eight times in the third quarter.
With 54 seconds left, Alexis Adair hit a 3-pointer and Katrina Christian hit a jumper to make it 34-31 in favor of the Tigers after 24 minutes of play.
In the fourth quarter, with 7:30 left, Piper Hensley hit a 3-pointer to make it 37-31 in favor of Crothersville.
Edinburgh committed two quick turnovers, which resulted in scores by the Tigers.
Christian hit a jumper at the 3:34-mark, and Adair managed a layup to make it 45-36.
The Tigers cruised the rest of the way to the victory.
Crothersville was led by Adair’s 21 points. Christian added 18, and Hensley contributed nine.
Tigers coach Kevin Hensley was pleased with his team’s play, especially with the return of Abby Jewell. He said that Jewell’s presence was felt immediate.
“Abby is kind of the glue to our team,” Hensley said. “The other girls have more confidence with her back. She made good passes. With her back on the court it made the other girls’ confident.”
The Tigers committed only two turnovers in the final quarter and hit big shots off crisp passes.
“We talked about the in the locker room,” Hensley said. We need to make good passes. That’s the most energy we’ve had in a couple of weeks. It’s our best game since Christmas break.”
The Tigers (9-8) will host Jackson County rival Medora on Monday.