Red Devils' spurt foils Field

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

MANTUA _ Emily Musil's seven straight points highlighted a 15-0 third-quarter spurt as the Crestwood girls basketball team defeated the Field Falcons 45-41 in a Portage County League game Monday. After the Falcons scored the opening basket of the second half to go up 25-23, Crestwood senior Andrea Haylett (14 points) hit a couple of free throws to tie the contest. Musil, who tied Haylett for team scoring honors with 14 points, then canned a 3-pointer from the near corner to break the tie. The senior guard followed that with a jumper and a layup off a steal to extend the margin to 32-25. The Red Devils (6-4, 5-2 PCL) built the lead to 38-25 before Jen Moreck's basket inside the one-minute mark of the period finally ended the Falcons' drought. The damage had been done, however. "We made an adjustment at halftime _ changing our defense _ and just got a little more aggressive in our man-to-man," said Crestwood coach Jim Haylett. "I really think it was the defense in the third quarter that made the difference in the game." Twice in the final quarter, Crestwood established a pair of 14-point advantages, the last one coming at 43-29 midway through the fourth stanza. "We're a young team and they made some mental mistakes and some crucial turnovers at times," said Field rookie coach Rich Eden. "But our kids didn't quit and they played hard and kept coming back." From that point on, things became sloppy and Field (4-6, 3-4 PCL) reeled off the last eight points of the night to draw within four at the final buzzer. "I think they will be a tougher team by the end of the year," said Haylett of the Falcons. "They are tougher now than they were when I saw them in the beginning of the season." Moreck, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, and freshman Tara Savage led the Field scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Both tallied eight points in the first half as the Falcons went up by six points with 2:20 remaining in the second quarter. Crestwood, however, behind Brittany Mayle's 3 and Haylett's runner, knotted the game at 23-apiece at the intermission. Ebony King, averaging 22 points a game, was limited to just four points. "A lot of the credit goes to their good defense," said Eden. "They stopped Ebony. What they did was stop Ebony and made everybody else step up. You take 18 off her average and that's a big difference." _____ Crestwood 45, Field 41 (At Crestwood) FIELD (41) _ Tara Savage 4 2-2 10; Kim Shanafelt 0 0-0 0; Ally Rebszenko 0 0-0 0; Julie Curtiss 3 3-7 9; Shayla Patton 0 2-6 2; Ebony King 2 0-2 4; Joanna Griffiths 0 0-0 0; Alicia Curtician 2 0-0 4; Jen Moreck 6 0-0 12. Totals 17 7-17 41. CRESTWOOD (45) _ Sara Lewis 1 2-4 4; Lyndsey Dasen 0 0-0 0; Emily Musil 6 0-0 14; Sarah Bockmuller 1 2-4 4; Rachel Goodell 2 2-4 6; Brittany Mayle 1 0-0 3; Andrea Haylett 6 2-2 14; Kristen Sandrick 0 0-0 0; Krista Brown 0 0-0 0; Christina Weldy 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 8-14 45. FIELD 8 15 4 14 _ 41 CRESTWOOD 11 12 15 7 _ 45 Three-Point Goals _ Field: (0). Crestwood (3): Musil 2, Mayle 1. Total Rebounds _ Crestwood, 45-36 Total Fouls _ Crestwood, 18-10 JV Score _ Crestwood, 29-26. Leading scorers: (C) Krista Brown & Brandi Huffman, 6 each; (F) E. Simone, 9 points.

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