Tigers continue winning streak

CROTHERSVILLE

Crothersville outscored Clarksville in all four quarters to roll to a 55-23 win Tuesday night.

The Tigers (4-1) went on an 8-0 run midway through the first period and led the rest of the way.

Crothersville applied full-court pressure from the opening tipoff.

“I want to get them where their energy was up early,” Tigers coach Kevin Hensley said. “I didn’t want us to come out lackadaisical and this way it gets our energy up. It was that way in the last game we played Saturday, so I just wanted to carry that over.

Kashmir Kelshaw made two 3-pointers, and Katrina Christian added five points to help the Tigers take a 16-9 lead at the end of the first period.

Piper Hensley and Kelshaw had 3-pointers and Lacey Hall had a layup during the 8-0 run.

The Tigers forced the Generals into eight turnovers in the first period.

Hensley added another 3-pointer, and Kelshaw and Christian added 2-pointers as the Tigers scored 8 straight points to increase their lead to 24-9.

Clarksville missed its first nine shots of the second period before Brittney Andres scored with 4 seconds left in the half.

Crothersville shot 9-for-28 and Clarksville 4-for-14 in the half.

Clarksville had 12 turnovers and the Tigers committed six.

After the Generals scored the first basket in the third period, Hall hit a short jumper, and Christian followed with a layup and a jump shot. Hall made two free throws and Kelshaw hit a 3-pointer, and the Tigers held a 36-17 lead going into the fourth period.

Christian topped the Tigers with 17 points, and Kelshaw added 11.

Christian had eight rebounds to help the Tigers to a 28-21 advantage in that department.

Hensley said his team is going to have to shoot the ball better Friday against Orleans, as the Tigers were 19 for 57.

Clarksville shot made nine of 30.

“Saturday we shot so well, but today we didn’t and that’s what I told the girls in the locker room: that our defense can win us ballgames even when the offense isn’t working,” Hensley said.

The Generals finished with 19 turnovers to 10 for the Tigers.

Aly Weber was high scorer for the Generals (1-4) with 10 points.

The Tigers have won four in a row.

“We’re playing better,” Hensley said. “There is always room for improvement. I like where we’re at right now,” Hensley said.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.