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Arlington Times Athletes of the Week:
Craig Crawford and Jeff Kelly
Highland Christian Prep pulled off a monumental upset earlier this week, downing previously unbeaten Lopez Island in a game that has district and state implications. The scrappy Knights played their best game of the season to win 74-65.
The Arlington Times interviewed two of the key Knight players following the game.
AT: How did the game go for you guys?
Jeff Kelly: We knew going into it that they were ranked high and that it wouldnt be an easy game. We got into foul trouble at the beginning, Jon Enge picked up a few quick fouls.
Craig Crawford: The crowd intensity kept us in the game. We wanted to shut down their best player, Jordan Smith, but we ended up shutting down their other guys instead.
JK: Smith didnt create as much as he normally does. In the fourth quarter it came down to free throw shooting and we didnt miss many.
AT: How did it feel to win against the No. 1 team in league, and in the current state rankings?
JK: Before we played Lopez the first time, the only team wed lost to was Neah Bay, the No. 1 ranked Penninsula team. We were riding high until they beat us at their place. That woke us up to the fact that we cant walk over people. We have to work as hard or harder than everybody else.
CC: Right now the chemistry is good on our team. Were passing the ball better now, finding guys inside, we didnt do that as much at the beginning of the season.
AT: What are the expectation going forward into the last part of the season?
JK: I think we can finish first in our league and our district. Most of us on the team believe this is a great opportunity to reach state this year. We have nearly our entire team back from last year and we added Caleb Brown. Luke Simmons and Randy Teal have really stepped it up for us.
CC: I think this year, if we keep playing as a team, well get to state.