In fewer than 12 hours, the Crothersville girls’ basketball team went from offensive ineptitude to setting a season-high in points for a game.
The Tigers put on an offensive showcase in the seventh-place game of the Henryville Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday, burying Indianapolis Manual 84-62.
In the pool game Friday against Henryville, the Tigers scored one point in the first quarter and didn’t make a field goal until midway through the second.
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Crothersville (2-2) put in some work prior to the game against Manual (0-4) to try and remedy the cold shooting.
“We had our guards do some hard work in the morning, and I think that’s why Isabell Lewis started off so hot,” Tigers coach Kevin Hensley said. “She had the confidence because she had been shooting all morning. We need that confidence in our scoring.”
The Tigers and Redskins traded baskets in the opening three minutes, as the score deadlocked at 6-6. In that span, Lewis accounted for all the team’s points.
The Tigers then caught fire from the floor, going on a 8-0 run before a 3-pointer from the Redskins’ Alexis Westerfield cut the deficit to 12-9.
The Tigers responded with a 9-0 run, led by Tayler Brewer’s six points and would lead 22-11 at the buzzer.
Brewer made her presence in the paint known in the second quarter.
Scoring five of the Tigers’ first six baskets, Brewer helped the team to a 34-25 lea by the 3-minutes mark.
Limiting the Redskins to just six more points before intermission, the Tigers led 42-31 at half.
Out of the break, the Tigers strung together 10 unanswered points on two baskets from Lewis, free throws from Piper Hensley and four points by Brewer.
The Tigers slowly built their lead, going back an forth with the Redskins, and held a 62-41 advantage after 24 minutes.
With the Redskins in foul trouble, the Tigers attacked the basket in the fourth quarter.
Crothersville hit 9 of 14 free throw attempts in the fourth, holding on to the double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Both Brewer (34 points) and Riley (18 points) set season-highs to lead the Tigers’ scoring. Westerfield led Manual with 23 points.
On the boards, the Tigers outrebounded the Redskins 38-29. Riley led the Tigers with 16 rebounds.
Hensley was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts on the week.
“I think we were more loose in this game, “coach Hensley said. “We told them that we just nee to relax when we’re playing and we needed more players contributing.
The Tigers will travel to Clarksville tomorrow.