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May 8, 2014

Crawford headed to IUK

Farris enthused about her first recruiting class


“She’s a tough-as-nails kid and I’m really excited to have her,” Farris said of Crawford. “[Tipton] Coach [Nick] Comer and I were talking at her signing, and [agreed] she could’ve scored 20 or 30 points a night, but she did everything else the team needed. She’s a great wing player, but she puts the team first. And, she’ll rebound, she’ll defend, and if she needs to bring the ball up the floor, she will. She has that competitive mindset … and that competitive mindset is something you need to start a program with.”

Crawford was a four-year letterwinner for the Blue Devils, and in her time, helped the squad win three sectional titles. In her senior campaign, she helped lead Tipton to its first regional title since 2001, and finished with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the Devils 79-65 loss to Fort Wayne Canterbury in the Class 2A semistate. She was a KT All-Area selection.

“With her competitiveness, I think she’s going to come in and work hard every day,” Farris said. “I don’t have to coach effort with her. I saw her play in the semistate game, and she never gave up. Talking to her, she has a lot of unfinished business. She didn’t get where she wanted, so I think she has that chip on her shoulder and her drive to keep going. She wants to make some success here and help us build a program.”

Crawford is one of five of Farris’ recruits who scored in double figures a season ago.

Winimac’s Stefanie Shorter, the first IUK women’s signee, averaged 20.4 points and 8.4 rebounds as a 5-9 forward last season. Deja Fielder, a 5-4 guard from Goshen, put up over 19 ppg, while South Decatur’s Ashley Johanningman (6-0 post) averaged a double-double and Fort Wayne Snider’s Kiersten Eley (5-10 forward) put up 11 points a game.

“I’m really pleased with the kids I have committed and signed,” Farris said. “I have a couple more that we’re hoping to wrap up and get. I can’t be more pleased with the character-type of players we’ve been able to get.”

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