All six county basketball teams are either enduring success, trying to find their identity, or looking to get back on track. Getting back on track is the case for all three girls’ teams, and all three teams have a golden opportunity.
Crawfordsville (2-10) will travel to North Montgomery (1-11) for a Montgomery County battle on the hardwood this Friday. The Athenians have struggled since losing senior leader Addie Laskowski to injury against Western Boone in the Sugar Creek Classic. Since, Lauren Kellerman has filled the void offensively, averaging 13.8 points per game for the season, but Crawfordsville has dropped seven straight games. Most recently, the Athenians fell to Class 2A No. 7 Central Catholic 76-40 on Tuesday.
For North Montgomery, the Chargers have lost 11 in a row, after winning their season opener. Their most recent loss came at West Lafayette 70-32 on Tuesday. This game should be a true battle, where records can be thrown out the window, and pride will be put on the line.
In the nightcap at North Montgomery, the winless Chargers (0-5) will search for their first win over a quick and athletic Crawfordsville team who is off to a 3-2 start. Jesse Johnson-Hall and Will Kellerman are each averaging more than 10 points per game for the Athenians, while the Chargers are averaging just 36 points per game as a team. North Montgomery will have to rely on a feisty defense and home crowd if the Chargers want to defeat Crawfordsville, and give coach Andrew Evertts his first win.
Western Boone will travel to Southmont Friday night for a girl/boy doubleheader. In the girls’ game, Madison Jones’ 26.3 points per game lead the 7-4 Stars into Mountieland, where Southmont (2-8) has dropped four in a row, and only scored 55 points combined in their last two games. The Mounties will need to stop Jones, and make the supporting cast beat them, if they want a chance at a victory.
The boys’ game will be an interesting matchup to say the least. Western Boone is 0-2 with losses to Lebanon and Zionsville, following their Class 2A football state championship. Southmont is 1-7, but surging behind Justin Howard’s 20 points per game. The senior put up 41 in a 60-55 loss to Greencastle. This game will give us a good indication as to where these two teams will stack up in the Sagamore Conference. Wins will be hard to come by, so this game is important for both. The Mounties would move to 2-1 in the league with a win.
On Saturday, all three county teams will commence at North Montgomery for wrestling, and at Crawfordsville for swimming. In wrestling, North Montgomery is ranked No. 1 in the IHSWCA 2A poll, and looking to defend their county title, while the hot Southmont and Crawfordsville teams are looking to knock the Chargers from the top of the totem pole. On paper, all three matches should be close, but I think it will be hard for Crawfordsville and Southmont to score enough points to hang with North Montgomery.
In swimming, Crawfordsville looks to defend their titles on both sides from a season ago. The Athenians are locked and loaded again, but will be pushed to the brink by the Mounties and Chargers in the girls’ races. In the end, Crawfordsville’s depth will likely seal the win. In the boys’ race, the Athenians will likely run away with it, despite the Mounties’ top swimmers likely taking some first-place in individual races.