Crestview’s Emily Bauer looks to score vs Jefferson in this file photo. Bauer was one of six Lady Knights to score in their 53-14 rout of Antwerp on Tuesday night. Bauer had eight points in the victory while Mackenzie Riggenbach posted a game-high 19. (TB file photo)
By Joe Shouse
ANTWERP — One team came in with a single blemish on their record, the other entered with a solitary victory. Sometimes, when a matchup looks lopsided on paper, it becomes just that when played on the court. Tuesday night gave us one of those games.
The Crestview winning streak was never in jeopardy when the Lady Knights traveled to Antwerp Tuesday evening.
After easily disposing of the Lady Archers 53-14 the Knights improve to 14-1, winning their last 13 consecutive games. A display of solid defense and a balance offense was no match for the 1-15 Archers.
Crestview’s Mackenzie Riggenbach led the offensive attack with 19 points including three 3-pointers.
Also in double digits was Terra Crowle, who came in off the bench to spark the Knights with 11 points on three 3-pointers and a two-point goal.
“Riggenbach is a very good perimeter shooter, and we have others who can shoot the ball. We missed some open shots in the first half, but I was really pleased with our second-half effort,” said Crestview head coach Greg Rickard.
The Knights jumped out to an early 9-0 advantage and the Archers never did threaten.
After holding a 16-5 margin after one quarter of play both teams went cold in the second period with the Knights scoring seven and the Archers matching their first quarter output with five.
“We wanted to get off to a good start and not allow Antwerp to get into their slow-down discipline play. We opened with our full court trap and we were able to get the early lead,” said coach Rickard.
The Crestview defense stiffened in the second half, holding the Archers to just a single field goal and two free throws.
Sophomore Audrie Longardner scored the lone Archer goal at the three-minute mark of the fourth period. At that point the Knights were in control 45-14.
“Our second half was much better then the first,” noted coach Rickard. “Whenever you hold a team to just four points in a half you have to be pleased.”
“When they (Crestview) picked up the defensive pressure, we just struggled from then on. It seemed we have no togetherness. No continuity,” said Antwerp head coach Kevin Taylor.
The Archer’s placed four players in the scoring column with senior Kaiya Jemison scoring five to lead the squad.
In the junior varsity match-up, Crestview turned an 11-8 halftime lead into a 27-11 romp over the home team Archers. The Knights held Antwerp to just three points in the second half including a scoreless fourth quarter.
Brady Guest picked up two quick fouls and was scoreless in the first half, but exploded for 13 second-half points to lead the winners.
Score by quarters
Crestview 16 7 13 17- 53
Antwerp 5 5 2 2- 14
Hicks 2, Crowle 11, Hartman 4, Motycka 9, Riggenbach 19, Bauer 8
Recker 3, Longardner 4, Short 2, Jemison 5