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By LARRY GOFFINET
LEOPOLD—Perry Central used a full-court press to jump to a 16-0 lead and crushed Crawford County 68-38 in PLAC girls basketball Thursday.
“We pressed them early and got a few turnovers,” said Perry Central Coach Bill Dickerson.
He said Perry Central was quicker “at every position. When we got after them, it was hard for them to get the ball upcourt.”
The Commodores then switched to a half-court man-to-man defense but still amassed a 37-11 halftime lead.
Brittany Parker and Ashley Graves had the hot hands for the Commodores.
Parker scored 17 points in the first half and finished with 23. She hit 10 of 17 shots from the field.
Graves scored nine points in the first half and added nine more in the third quarter as she finished with 20 on 8 of 11 field-goal shooting and 4 of 6 free throws.
She also grabbed 15 rebounds—12 at the offensive end—and blocked three shots.
Morgan Richardson added 11 points and five assists. Hannah Edwards also had five assists and Parker made five of the Commodores’ 15 steals.
Sophomore guard Tylynn Allen led Crawford County with 13 points. The Wolfpack have no seniors on their roster.
The game was the first PLAC contest of the season for both teams. Perry Central improved to 4-2 overall while Crawford County fell to 0-5.
The Commodores will visit West Washington tonight at 6.
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Perry Central won the JV game 27-11 as Amber Lindauer scored six points and Emily Sprinkle added five.
Sprinkle and Skyly Cummings each grabbed six rebounds for the 2-3 Commodores.
Verna Schwartz made five steals and Cummings and Amanda Schaeffer each added three.