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Edinburgh hangs on for win against Crothersville

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Edinburgh and visiting Crothersville each entered Thursday night’s girls basketball game in dire need of a win.

Lancers senior Jennifer Stinson led all scorers with 11 points and a game-high 19 rebounds to help her team defeat the Tigers 42-25 in a nonconference game.

With the victory, the host Lancers improved to 3-10 on the season. Crothersville dropped to 1-13 and extended its losing streak to 11 games.

Neither team shot well, as the Lancers finished at 24 percent from the floor. But the Tigers made just 9 of 49 field-goal attempts (18 percent) and were outrebounded 60-42.

Despite Edinburgh’s inconsistencies, coach Bob White said it felt good for the Lancers to get the victory.

“We needed a win, so that’s a great positive thing,” White said. “We’re still not playing good basketball for a whole game, though. But they didn’t quit tonight at least, so we pulled it out.”

Edinburgh senior guard Maile Cox scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds, while senior guard Autumne Burton added nine points and eight boards.

Freshman guard Alexis Adair led Crothersville with seven points. Sophomores Becca Hensley and Leah Grissmer and freshman Abby Jewell rounded out the Tigers’ scoring with six points each.

Edinburgh’s defense helped the Lancers jump out front with an 8-0 run over the first 2:21 of the game. Crothersville’s only field goal of the quarter came at the 3:11 mark on a 3-pointer by Adair.

Edinburgh forced the Tigers into five turnovers during the opening period, and the Lancers led 12-3 heading into the second quarter.

Edinburgh opened the next stanza with 5-1 run. But Crothersville then pieced together a 5-2 run of its own to bring the score to 19-9 with 4:34 remaining in the half.

The Lancers spread out their scoring from there and led the Tigers 27-13 at halftime.

Crothersville kept up better after the break. Edinburgh narrowly outscored the Tigers 10-8 during the third period.

Both teams struggled in the final period, as the first points of the quarter didn’t come until the 4:20 mark on a 3-pointer by Edinburgh’s Burton.

Crothersville answered with a 4-0 run but failed to score again during the game’s final 3:11.

Although the Tigers lost, coach Kevin Hensley said that with seven freshmen on its roster, Crothersville improved with the experience.

“Overall, I’m pleased because we’re such a young team,” Hensley said. “But the main thing we needed to do tonight, boxing out, we didn’t do. They were just too big for us, and they were scooting us out from under the goal.

“We’ve also still got to make some little adjustments to our team and get some more confidence when we drive the ball.”

Edinburgh visits Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Morristown at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Crothersville’s next game is at 7:30 p.m. Monday when it travels to Medora.

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