Orleans stifles Tigers offense


Tribune photo by Arv Koontz/ Crothersville freshman Claudia Henry, right, shoots the ball over Orleans' Lauren McCracken during Tuesday's sectional game at French Lick.

Tribune photo by Arv Koontz/ Crothersville sophomore Becca Hensley, right, looks to dribble past Orleans' Layken Ray during Tuesday's sectional game at French Lick.


The Crothersville Tigers’ first-round game with Orleans in the Class A Sectional 61 at Springs Valley didn’t quite go as they hoped.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a lead in the first quarter and never looked back, and they advanced with a 54-16 win. That was Crothersville’s season-low point total.

“I thought we played a lot better than we had been,” Tigers coach Kevin Hensley said. “I also thought they would come out more nervous than what they did, but they didn’t. They didn’t have too many nerves. We just couldn’t make the shots when we needed to.”

The Bulldogs scored the first six points of the game on back-to-back 3-pointers by Shelby Samsil. Abby Jewell scored the Tigers’ only two points of the first quarter, and Orleans closed on an 8-0 run.

The Tigers struggled offensively in the second quarter, and the Bulldogs pulled away. Ball-handling was the main issue, as Crothersville turned the ball over eight times.

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