Colonel Crawford trounces Seneca East to stay undefeated

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Colonel Crawford's Mason Studer passes the ball over the Seneca East defense.
Colonel Crawford's Mason Studer passes the ball over the Seneca East defense.

NORTH ROBINSON — The Colonel Crawford boys basketball team has not been behind when the clock hit triple-zeroes against a team in the regular season since Jan. 17, 2020.

And, it still haven’t.

Colonel Crawford scored the first 15 points en route to an 86-63 win over Seneca East at home Saturday night. The Eagles built on that fast start to lead 30-6 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

"I think the key to the game was the first half," coach David Sheldon said. "We hold (Isaac) Mason to nine points — he’s averaging around 35 a game — that’s huge. We set the tone in the first half with our defensive team effort. Our guys really bought in and did a great job."

Mason Studer and Carter Valentine combined for 17 points in the first quarter and forced six of the eight Tigers turnovers.

"(Studer) is one of the best coaches on the floor that I have ever had," Sheldon said. "He is a true point guard ... If you saw him in the gym Monday through Friday, he is just really special."

The Eagles (6-0) continued to dominant in the second quarter and led 49-22 at halftime. They forced 13 first-half turnovers and committed just one.

Colonel Crawford's Carter Valentine shoots from the 3-point line.
Colonel Crawford's Carter Valentine shoots from the 3-point line.

Carter Valentine's hot hand continued in the third quarter, when he added 13 points, one rebound and an emphatic block under the rim.

"We tried to keep them out of the middle this week in practice," Seneca East coach Anthony Langhurst said. "It really is a pick-your-poison type of deal with Carter and Mason. Carter has great ups and length, and we thought keeping him on the perimeter was the way to go. That just did not work out for us tonight."

The Tigers (2-4) trailed 69-39 at the end of three quarters, but got a great quarter from Isaac Mason, who was fresh off a 46-point performance in a loss to Buckeye Central the night before.

"We are a young team in terms of varsity experience," Langhurst said. "We are leaning on guys like Isaac Mason, who has been here before, as well as guys like Alex King."

The Eagles finished with only three turnovers, compared to 17 for the Tigers.

"We do a lot of press breaker and ball handling throughout the week," Valentine said. "You know, Mason is one of the best point guards in the area, and you cannot press him. He keeps his ball on a string at all times."

High praise for his teammate was well deserved as Studer poured in 23 points, to go along with seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals in an all-around effort.

Colonel Crawford's Jacob Maddy looks to pass the ball inside to Carter Valentine.
Colonel Crawford's Jacob Maddy looks to pass the ball inside to Carter Valentine.

Valentine himself had a game to remember, as well. The returning Northern 10 Player of the Year loaded the stat sheet with 39 points, eight rebounds, five steals and a block. Braxton Baker also chipped in 14 points.

The Tigers were paced by Isaac Mason’s 23 points, seven rebounds and two steals. King added eight points and four rebounds, and Graham Gibbs eight points and six rebounds off the bench.

Colonel Crawford advances to 6-0, while Seneca East falls to 2-4. The Eagles host Wynford Wednesday in what is always a great matchup between county rivals, while the Tigers travel to Sycamore to face Mohawk.

Scoreboard, Dec. 18

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Buckeye Central 52, Carey 27

BC: Emily Siesel 16 points, 7 steals, 5 assists, 4 rebounds; Kennedy Deppen 12 points, 4 rebounds; Kate Siesel 9 points; Ryley Kantzer 8 points; Julia Evak 6 points, 5 rebounds; Nevaeh Metzger 1 point.

Wynford 33, Mohawk 27

W: Alexis Stevely 9 points; Katie Wagner 6 points; Maddie Coffman and Reese McGuire 5 points; Grace Stucky and Averi McMillan 4 points.

Highland 56, Galion 30

G: Natalee Perkins, Cameron Eckert and Dezi Lester 8 points; Teanna Greter 6 points.

Upper Sandusky 53, Bucyrus 29

B: Emma Tyrrell 9 points; Marissa Middleton 5 points; Addy Ricker, Maddie Kimmel and Kendra Blizzard 4 points; Karmyn Blizzard 2 points; Adacyn Rister 1 point.

Mansfield Christian 65, Crestline 19

BOYS BASKETBALL

Crestline 48, Plymouth 31

C: Lucas Cochran 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals; RJ Johnston 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals; Isaiah Perry 3 points; Josh Hall 2 points, 7 rebounds; Conner Lusk 1 point, 4 rebounds.

Upper Sandusky 76, Bucyrus 48

B: Grady Jackson 13 points; Kolton Middleton 11 points; Joe Rager 10 points; Mike Wise 7 points; Eddie Dagher 3 points; Jake Hamm and Dylan Lanker 2 points.

Mohawk 64, Wynford 39

W: Sam McMillan 11 points; Grant McGuire 8 points; Cainen Allen, Spencer Miller and James Schiefer 5 points; Jaron Filliater 3 points; Dylon Robinson 2 points.

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