Crumb plays big as Superlarks top CardinalsPublished 11:15pm Monday, January 21, 2013
LEROY — Grand Meadow senior Ashley Crumb stands at just 5-foot, 3-inches, but she played like she was 6-3 as the Superlarks beat LeRoy-Ostrander 56-42 in LeRoy Monday.
Crumb finished with seven points, 10 rebounds, three assists and five steals for the Larks, who outrebounded LO 52-32.
“I have no idea how (I got ten rebounds),” Crumb said. “Coach calls me the energizer bunny all of the time. I always get knocked around down there.”
GM (10-6 overall, 9-2 SEC) led 25-20 at the break and it opened strong in the second half as Autumn Thorsen hit a three to make it 33-26 and Audra Durhman, who scored 15 points, knocked down a pair of threes to make it 40-29.
Thorsen, who finished with 14 points and five rebounds, said GM always gets a lift when Crumb is crashing the boards and making things happen.
“Even though she’s the smallest one, she’s playing like the biggest player out there,” Thorsen said. “If she can do it, that means any of us can.”
LO (7-10 overall, 6-5 SEC) had to battle with foul trouble as Becca Bunne, who finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, had to sit for the last six minutes of the first half with three fouls.
The Larks took advantage as they forced 25 Cardinal turnovers. GM also committed 27 turnovers, but its strong rebounding helped make up for that.
“We still have some unforced turnovers,” GM head coach Dawn Baudoin said. “But when you’re pressing and moving up and down the court, that’s gonna happen. We want to try and wear teams down and we’ve got the people to do that.”
GM now has won four games in a row and Baudoin likes how her squad is playing.
“We’re headed in the right direction and we’re starting to see less mistakes,” she said. “Their confidence is improving. I think Sydney Richardson has done an outstanding job and she’s come on real strong the last few games.”
Jessica Jennings led the Cardinals with 15 points.
GM 30 26 — 56
LO 25 17 — 42
GM scoring: Audra Durhman, 15; Autumn Thorsen, 14; Ashley Crumb, 7; Sydney Richardson, 6; Rachel Oehlke, 5; Cortney Olson, 3; Rio Landers, 2; free throws: 53 percent (19-for-36); free throws: 52 percent (12-for-23) rebounds: 52 (Crumb, 10); turnovers: 27
LO scoring: Jessica Jennings, 15; Becca Bunne, 11; Anna Miller, 9; Samantha Siskow, 4; Dana Miller, 3; rebounds: 32 (Bunne, 11); turnovers: 25