A pair of North Central Conference and league rivals will meet for the second time this season Saturday afternoon when Colonel Crawford (11-3, 7-1 NCC) travels to Bucyrus (8-5, 5-2 NCC).
The teams clashed in early December during a non-league affair, with the Eagles walking away with a 61-44 victory. The Redmen had a 29-26 advantage at halftime, but Colonel Crawford’s defensive pressure made all the difference in the third quarter.
“I think that we need to take care of our game first and foremost,” Eagles coach Amber Rall said. “I think last night our defense won the game holding (Riverdale) to 31 points. We’ve focused and concentrated in practice and played against the freshmen boys team and concentrated on defense.”
Both programs head into Saturday’s contest boasting solid win streaks. The Eagles have won their last seven, while the Redmen have won five in a row.
“We kind of hit a low spot at the end of last year (at 3-5), and then for us to win five in a row is big,” Bucyrus coach Greg Moore said after Tuesday’s 67-55 victory over Ontario. “We are going to have our hands full with a very good Colonel Crawford team here Saturday.”
“They’ve definitely improved,” Rall said. “They’ve stepped up their game and won five in a row. They are well-coached and will do whatever it takes to give us a big game. Our girls are working really hard to prepare for Bucyrus.”
Weekend games across the county
Friday night Buckeye Central boys (6-6, 4-1 NCC) travel to Colonel Crawford (11-2, 5-1 NCC) for an important Silver Division contest. Elsewhere, Bucyrus (3-10, 2-4 NCC) travels to Galion (3-7, 1-4 NCC) and Lucas (0-11, 0-6 NCC) heads to Crestline (2-9, 1-3 NCC) for the first ever boys game to be held in the Bulldogs new gymnasium. Saturday evening Wynford (5-7, 2-3 NCC) hosts Galion, the Redmen host Ontario (9-3, 5-0 NCC), the Bucks travel to Crestline and the Eagles head to Riverdale.
Saturday girls games include Buckeye Central (3-10, 3-4 NCC) at Ontario (6-8, 1-6 NCC), Lucas (2-9, 2-5 NCC) at Wynford (10-5, 6-1 NCC) and Galion (5-9, 1-7 NCC) at Riverdale (7-7, 4-3 NCC). Crestline (2-9, 0-7 NCC) will spend both Friday and Saturday competing in the Jaguar Invite, hosted by The Wellington School.