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LEOPOLD—Perry Central hit just 26.9 percent from the field in a 44-39 PLAC girls basketball loss to Crawford County Thursday.
“I thought we did everything we wanted to do at the defensive end,” said Perry Central Coach Bill Dickerson. “But we just had a miserable shooting night.
“And I don’t think it was defensive pressure that caused it, because they were playing zone.”
The Wolfpack usually play man-to-man defense but switched to a 2-3 zone with 4:27 left in the first quarter when their star player, Chelsea Benham, picked up her second foul.
Benham sat out the last 4:39 of the second quarter with three fouls and had only five points on 2 of 6 field-goal shooting in the first half.
Rachael Rayford guarded Benham much of the game and helped hold her to 5 of 18 field-goal shooting.
“I thought we did a good job on her,” said Dickerson.
That and strong rebounding helped the Commodores lead most of the first half.
But despite having an off night, Benham made the difference for the Wolfpack in the third quarter.
She hit a driving 5-foot shot to tie the score and then made two free throws to put the Wolfpack ahead 22-20, their first lead since midway through the first quarter.
Perry Central regained the lead on a free throw by Deidra Dickerson and a 16-footer by Hilarie Hahus.
Crawford County then took the lead for good on a layup by Carolyn Pellman off a nice assist by Benham.
Benham then made a steal and drove the length of the court for a layup to increase the Wolfpack’s lead to three points.
She finished with 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
Dickerson led Perry Central with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Katie Schwartz added nine rebounds as the Commodores won the board battle 43-31.
Dickerson grabbed 10 rebounds in the first half and scored eight points in the third quarter to keep the Commodores close.
She left the game with a calf injury with 1:59 left, though.
Lavina Schwartz had four assists for the Commodores.
Perry Central fell to 3-3 while Crawford County improved to 6-2. This was the first conference game for both.
Crawford County won the junior varsity game 26-24. Megan Lindauer led Perry Central, 3-2, with six points.
Perry Central will visit West Washington for a varsity game only tonight at 6.