Crestview’s Lindsey Motycka works against a double team of Hicksville Lady Aces during action on Monday night in Convoy. Motycka scored nine points in the Crestview 63-29 victory. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
By John Parent
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
CONVOY —Even on evenings when the Crestview Lady Knights don’t get off to great offensive starts, they find other ways to win games. Such was the case in Convoy on Monday night, when Crestview stifled the Hicksivlle attack and held the Lady Aces to a mere 32 percent shooting in a 63-29 win.
The non-conference victory moved Crestview to 8-1 on the season while the Lady Aces fell to 2-8.
After the game, Crestview coach Greg Rickard talked about his team’s effort, especially on the glass, where his squad out-rebounded their opponent 34-20.
“We did a very good job tonight, we had, I think, 14 offensive rebounds. We had a size advantage, but we still had to give the effort to make sure that we took advantage of it. Just because we’re bigger, you know, you still have to go out there and do it and I thought the girls were really aggressive in getting to the offensive boards. We had quite a few put-backs.”
“Even though we were bigger (than Hicksville), I was glad to see we still went in there and fought,” added Rickard.
The Lady Aces struggled out of the gate, coming up with two first-quarter points. While the Crestview perimeter game was slow to get rolling, the Lady Knights took advantage of their size mismatch inside on offense as well.
“We had some shots in the first half that we just couldn’t get to drop, and they were good shots,” noted Rickard. “It was one of those nights where our perimeter shooting picked up quite a bit in the second half, but most of our scoring before halftime came inside.”
The Crestview front line is one that routinely gives opponents fits and Monday was no exception.
Sophomore Emily Bauer produced a game-high 18 points in the win, coming on a very strong 6-of-9 shooting night. She added seven rebounds for the Knights, and went 6-for-8 from the free throw line as well.
Joining Bauer in double figures for Crestview was junior Terra Crowle, who continued her recent run of strong play with a dozen points in the win. All of her points came by way of the trifecta. Crowle was 4-for-7 from three-point range.
The one-sided score allowed Rickard to give extra minutes to a few players from his bench. Ten different Lady Knights saw varsity action on Monday, and nine of them scored.
“You’d like to get everybody some playing time, and some games you just don’t get a chance to do that,” noted Rickard. “In a game like this you still want to give your starters some work, just because we don’t play again for a week, but you want to give time to those that have been working hard in practice and get them some valuable experience and give them a chance to get better. That way, if situations come up down the road where (the reserves) need to step in to some tough situations, they’re prepared.”
Crestview is off for a week before traveling to Continental next Monday. They then take on a very strong LCC squad to follow on Thursday. Rickard is prepared for the challenge of keeping his team focused during the holiday season.
“It’s tough (when you get those long layoffs between games). They have different Christmases here and there and New Year’s and you want to give them some time off as well, because it’s a long season and just to let them mentally get refreshed a little bit,” Rickard added. “We told them we’re going to give them (Tuesday) and Wednesday off, then come back and hit ‘er hard in practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday before we play Monday at Continental.”
Lindsey Motycka added nine points for Crestview while Kennis Mercer added eight. The Knights forced 25 Hicksville turnovers while committing just 13 themselves.
Score by quarters
Hicksville 2 7 9 11- 29
Crestview 13 18 17 15- 63
Hicksville (29) individual scoring
Monroe 6, Hablawetz 0, Demland 0, Sell 3, Taylor 14, Schroeder 4, Shock 0, Berenyi 0, Peter 2
Crestview (63) individual scoring
Motycka 9, Crowle 12, Mercer 8, Hicks 2, Riggenbach 6, Bauer 18, Hartman 2, Grote 3, Guest 3, Zaleski 0