Crawley’s lone bucket gives Brewer the win
3-point goal at the buzzer a repeat nightmare for Austin
By Mark Edwards
FLORETTE — Austin High’s girls basketball program probably isn’t eager to see Brewer’s Morgan Crawley again soon.
The 5-foot-10 sophomore banked in a 25-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Lady Patriots over Austin 45-42 on Saturday afternoon. She did the same last year in a junior varsity win against the Lady Black Bears.
“It was almost the exact same spot,” said Derrick Garrison, a Brewer varsity assistant and the head coach of the junior varsity.
Brewer (14-7) has won seven of its last eight games heading into this week’s Morgan County Tournament at Priceville. The Lady Patriots are seeded second, trailing only Hartselle, the No. 2-ranked team in Class 5A and the only team to beat Brewer during its current run.
Brewer will play Friday at 6:30 p.m. against either Danville or West Morgan.
Crawley’s shot accounted for her only points in the game, but Brewer head coach Ricky Allen said he had no reservations about having her on the floor late.
Crawley remained on the bench for most of the fourth quarter, but Allen said he wanted her in the game because she’s a good shooter.
“She has no fear,” Allen said. “She’s going to be calm in that situation.”
With the score tied 42-42 and 15.8 seconds to play, Austin missed a free throw, and Brewer rebounded. Allen set up a play to allow senior guard Andrea Crawford to get the final shot. Crawford, a two-time Decatur Daily all-area player, dribbled down the lane, but three Austin defenders immediately swarmed her about 12 feet from the basket.
Crawford passed back outside to center Courtney Scott, who whipped the ball to Crawley, who was open on the left wing.
Her shot went high in the air, hit the backboard and dropped clean through the net.
“I have confidence in myself in that situation,” Crawley said afterward. “If I’m not hitting my shots, I try not to get down on myself, and I just keep shooting.”
Crawley’s 3-pointer gave an exciting ending to a physical contest in which neither side could take control.
Austin (12-13) led by three after a quarter, but Brewer led by three at halftime. Austin led by two entering the fourth quarter before Brewer rallied for the lead.
Austin eventually retook the advantage and held a 42-38 lead with 2:17 before the Lady Patriots scored the last seven points of the game.
“It’s good to win a game where we didn’t play our best,” Allen said. “Austin didn’t play its best, either.”
Meagan Hormel’s nine points paced Brewer, while Austin got 12 points from Jazmine Powers.
The Lady Black Bears’ Nikkia Jordan added 10 points, including eight in the second half.
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