by Randy Parks
The Crane boys and girls varsity basketball teams hosted the Alycia Jenkins Memorial, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21, and both teams came away from the tournament with a 1-1 record.
The Lady Mustangs opened the tournament on Friday with a 52-36 win over Trinity Lutheran.
Crane took control from the outset, leading 11-4 at the end of the first quarter, and 18-13 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Crane outscored Trinity Lutheran 17-9, and then coasted to the 16-point victory.
Morgan Corrigan led the Lady Mustangs in scoring with 14 points, and Claire Hammond finished with 10.
On Saturday, Crane met Prairie City in the title game, and it was the Lady Panthers coming out on top 51-36.
Amy Black hit a 3-pointer, and Lindsey Stewart had back-to-back field goals to stake the Lady Panthers to a 7-0 score in the game’s opening minutes.
Crane answered with a 3-pointer by Bryanna Dunn, and a basket by Rebekah Clark to close to within two, but couldn’t get any closer.
Leading 14-9, with just seconds left to go in the first quarter, Black launched a shot from half-court that found its way to the bottom of the net, and Prairie City was up 17-9 after eight minutes of play.
The Crane zone defense slowed the Lady Panthers in the second quarter, and Crane trailed 22-20 going into halftime.
Prairie City opened the third quarter with a 9-3 run, and led 37-26 at the end of the period.
The Lady Mustangs cut the lead to eight points in the final quarter, but that was as close as they got, as Prairie City held on for the win.
Corrigan finished with 13 points, Dunn added eight, Glennie Milburn and Hammond each had five, Clark three, and Kayla Mims and Maria Thompson had one apiece.
Crane is now 4-3 on the season, and will open up league play Jan. 3 when they host Dayville/Monument.
The Crane boys played the Baker JV team on Friday, and they lost 65-51 to the Bulldogs.
Baker started fast, jumping out to a 19-5 first-quarter lead, and led 34-15 at the half.
The Mustangs began to chip away at the lead after the break, outscoring the Bulldogs 18-11, but the lead proved to be too much, and the Bulldogs picked up the win.
The Mustangs were led by Nick Witzel with 12 points, and Joe Valentine with 11.
Crane met Prairie City in the consolation final, and used a balanced scoring attack to come away with a 39-32 victory for a third-place finish in the tournament.
Tyler Opie led the Mustangs with nine points, and Witzel, Travis Landon and Valentine each had six.
The Mustangs dictated the tempo in the first half, leading 13-7 at the end of the first quarter, and stretching the lead to 24-14 by halftime.
Crane outscored Prairie City 7-5 in the third quarter, and a basket by Opie to start the final period put Crane up by 14.
The Panthers came back with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to eight, but a basket by Jack Bentz, and two free throws by Landon with under two minutes to play, sealed the win for the Mustangs.
Crane is now 2-4 on the season, and starts league play at home on Jan. 3 against Dayville/Monument.