CASEY — The Crestwood boys’ basketball team took the IESA Class 2A regional championship title upsetting top-seeded Dietrich 31-27 Thursday night, Jan. 27.
Crestwood will open sectional play against Effingham St. Anthony at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Louisville North Clay High School. The winner of that game will advance to to the Class 2A state tourney at Bartonville Limestone High School.
In Thursday’s championship game, the Eagles jumped to an early lead taking a 14-10 advantage after the first quarter. at will in the first quarter but led just 14-10 after the opening period.
Crestwood was paced in the first quarter by JaxCrestwood was paced by Jaxen Tingley who scored seven points in the quarter.
At halftime, Crestwood continued to hold the lead, taking a 17-14 advantage into the lockerroom at halftime.
The Eagles shut down Dietrich in the third quarter, outscoring the top-seed 8-2 to take a 25-16 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Despite a furious rally from Dietrich, Crestwood was able to hold on for a 31-27 victory and regional championship.
Leading the scoring for the Eagles was l Drake Bartos with 14 points. Conner Edwards added 9 points while Jaxen Tingley scored 8 points. in the win.
Crestwood 31, Casey 27
In the regional semifinal Tuesday, Jan. 22, Crestwood faced Casey-Westfield.
The Eagles fell behind early in the contest and trailed 15-11 at halftime. Casey-Westfield outscored Crestwood 6-4 in the third quarter and held a 21-15 lead entering the final quarter.
The Crestwood offense exploded in the last minutes of the game, outscoring Casey-Westfield 16-5 to capture the win in dramatic fashion at 31-27.
Drake Bartos was key to the Eagle offense as he scored 19 points. Conner Edwards scored 5 points in the game while Conner Rhoads scored 4 points. Ethan Hefner added 3 points.
Crestwood 53, Hutsonville 14
The Eagles opened up regional play against Hutsonville Monday evening,Jan. 21 with a lopsided 53-14 win.
Crestwood jumped out to an early 11-4 lead after the first quarter of play and never looked back.
The Eagles outscored Hutsonville 20-7 in the second quarter to take a commanding 31-11 lead at the halftime break.
Crestwood kept their foot on the gas in the third quarter, scoring 20 points while holding their opponent scoreless. The Eagles went on to win the contest 53-14.
Drake Bartos led the team in scoring with 17 points with Jaxen Tingley adding 14 points for the Eagles. Conner Edwards scored 9 points in the contest while Ethan Hefner added 5 points. Robert Wells scored 4 points.