girls basketball team was a car, it would be a fast one and Ashley Craycraft
would be the engine.
“I definitely do
have that drive,” the Trojans senior guard said, going along with the theme.
“I get that from my dad. I credit a lot of it to him. That’s just me as a
person. I love picking all of (my teammates) up and they’re always there to
pick me up, too. It’s just a great environment. I love it.”
The fiery Craycraft
posted 19 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in sparking
Chesterton to a 58-40 win over South Central on Friday.
“I’ve never coached
anybody like her,” Trojans coach Jack Campbell said. “She’s special. She
drives us. It’s extremely important. You’ve got to have a leader, a kid with
a great heart, and that’s what she is. She’s a born leader. She’s a
tremendous competitor. It’s unbelievable.”
Craycraft came out
on fire, scoring Chesterton’s first eight points, including a pair of 3s,
and notched 10 in the quarter to fuel a 20-point Trojans start.
“I think it really
boosts all of us as a whole,” she said. “This sport is so amazing, once you
get going, you’ve just got to go. Everybody feeds off of each other. It’s
picked up where Craycraft left off in the second quarter with a layup, free
throw and a 3 in a 12-2 run that pushed a two-point margin to 12 (32-20)
just before the half.
“We really put
pressure on the ball,” Craycraft said. “Everyone was on their defensive
In a matchup of
teams who both use a 1-3-1 trap, Chesterton got the better of it,
contributing to 21 turnovers and a 32 percent shooting night for the
"You think they may
have taken that from us?” Campbell said. “When somebody’s running at you
every time you shoot the ball, at some point it can affect you. It’s what we
do. If we do it better than they do, then we’ve got a chance.”
Emma Schmidt and
Malackowski nailed triples coming out of the half to quickly push the spread
to 15 and it never reverted to single digits.
“That’s the name of
our game. We don’t have size, but if we shoot it fairly well, we can be
pretty good,” Campbell said. “We’ve got at least three girls who can score
12, 15 points on a given night. If they don’t and somebody else chips in,
rebounds) backed Craycraft with 14 points and Malackowski (three steals)
notched nine. All three had a pair of triples. Kaitlyn Carr posted eight
shooters. You have to play defense consistently and we didn’t. We missed a
lot of coverages,” SC coach Wes Bucher said. “We talked about being ready to
guard and close out on Craycraft and we didn’t do a very good job of that.
They run the 1-3-1 as well. They know how to break it. If you’re going to
ever see a better example of a 1-3-1, it’s going to be Chesterton. It takes
a while for young kids to get acclimated to that kind of energy.”
her night in the fourth quarter with a putback basket off her free throw
miss, drawing a post-game jab from her coach.
"Of course, she
never listens to us,” Campbell said. “She shoots a foul shot, she goes to
rebound, coach (Fred) Mitchell yells no, she puts it in and scores.”
offset an 18-point night for South Central’s Faith Biggs, who made four 3s
but got little help from her teammates.
“It wasn’t perfect
certainly, but that’s a good win for us,” Campbell said. “It kind of felt
like a trap game, a 4A school playing a 1A, 2A school. They have nothing to
lose, everything to gain. That’s beside the point. They’re a very good team.
They’re well-coached. It’s not just (Amber) Wolf. They have some other
hosts Lake Central in the Duneland Athletic Conference opener Wednesday.
“I definitely think
we’ll be underdogs,” Craycraft said. “Nobody’s going to see us coming. We’re
going to surprise a lot of people, especially with our energy, our heart.”
South Central 40
Olivia Marks 1-3
1-1 3, Abbie Tomblin 2-7 0-0 4, Faith Biggs 7-13 0-0 18, Amber Wolf 3-8 7-12
13, Delanie Gale 0-8 0-0 0, Lillian Tolmen 1-4 0-1 2, Lexy Wade 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 14-43 8-14 40.
5-12 7-9 19, Nalani Malackowski 3-7 1-2 9, Emma Schmidy 5-9 2-2 14, Kaitlyn
Carr 4-5 0-0 8, Carley Balas 0-3 4-4 4, Lauren Davis 1-2 0-2 2, Hollie
Skoczek 1-3 0-0 2, Emma Pape 0-0 0-0 0, Sophia Raffin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
19-41 14-19 58.
goals: South Central 4 (Biggs 4); Chesterton 6 (Craycraft 2, Malackowski 2,
Leaders -- Wolf 4
(SC), Schmidt 6 (C). Assists: Tomblin 3 (SC), Craycraft 2, Malackowski 2
Tomblin 3 (SC),
Malackowski 3 (C).