(Neb.)- 2014 Run To The Tourney Start Of Things To Come For Crawford
(Crawford)- The Crawford Lady Rams basketball team made school history this season, when it became the first girls basketball team in school history to qualify for the state basketball tournament. Although their ultimate goal was not accomplished, this is a squad that will return every pivotal piece for the 2014-15 season.
It raises the question.
Could next season's team not only qualify for the state tournament, for what would then be a second year in a row, but could it be the first Crawford basketball team to win a state tournament basketball game since the Crawford boys defeated Wausa in 1965?
When looking back at stats from Thursday's first round loss to Giltner, was Crawford closer to big things happening than the 58-39 final score indicated.
Crawford took a 16-9 deficit early in the second quarter, and cut it to two with 5:41 left before halftime. Giltner then proceeded to roll into a 13-2 run that created separation on route to a 29-16 halftime lead.
Crawford battled toe to toe as each team tallied 14 points in the third quarter. The fourth quarter differential, six. Not exactly a blow out.
Giltner went to the free throw line for 32 shots on Thursday. Let me repeat that, Giltner went to the free throw line for 32 freebies, and made 16. Crawford took half a dozen shots from the charity stripe and made three.
The foul disparity 23-11 in favor of Giltner.
You get where I'm going with this.
If Crawford tightens things up a little bit against a Giltner team lead by experienced seniors, and avoids a few of the fouls that come with the jitters of your first ever state tournament basketball game, is this really a 19 point blowout by the final buzzer?
Isn't making history fun?
Crawford will return all but one of it's players next year as Megan Guest will graduate. For those seven current Sophomores and Juniors whom will return as Juniors and Seniors next year, something tells me Crawford not only contends for it's second straight trip to the state tournament next season, they will look to etch their names further into history with a run towards a state championship.
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