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Crouch putting in extra effort for Ladybirds

Contributed photo: North Central forward Alexa Crouch has been running a mile before school every day during the girls basketball season.

FARMERSBURG — Everybody knows that Joey Davidson always has something to say, dating back to his days as a player for the Sullivan Golden Arrows.
 The North Central girls basketball coach has been pushing me all season to write a story about one of his players.
But it is not his daughter or any of his starters.
“A lot of times you only see names of kids in the paper that are for rebounding, scoring or assists. But this is what truly should be written about,” said Davidson.
The what, or I should say who, in this instance is Ladybird forward Alexa Crouch.
The 5-6 junior injured her right knee (torn meniscus) in June at the Vincennes summer camp.
Since being cleared by her doctor in October, Crouch started running a half-mile each morning at the North Central track. She upped it to one mile when she could and has not missed a day, whether she faced rain, cold or snow.
“It was 26 degrees and snow on the ground when I took a picture of her,” said Davidson. “She was out there still running the mile, like she has been all season.
“It is a daily thing for her.”
Crouch said it was just something she started as part of her rehab to get back with her teammates and to get in better shape.
“I just wanted to get healthy,” said Crouch.
But it wasn’t as if Crouch was trying to get back to a starting position, even on the junior varsity. Crouch spends most gamedays watching from the bench.
“Here is a kid that gives every ounce of effort and energy she has,” Davidson said proudly. “And she never complains.
“This work ethic will make her a successful adult. And that is the most important thing.”
Crouch also throws shot put and discus on the NCHS track team for coach Jamie Case-Huff.
“Jamie has been pushing Alexa to get in better shape,” said Davidson. “Alexa is interested in the Marines, so she has been working towards better conditioning her body.
“They decided she should start the mile each day. She came to me a couple of months ago and asked me to get on her even more and make her run extra at practice. She starts each practice with 20-25 down and backs. Then goes as hard as she can in practice.”
After playing a few minutes in the sectional semifinal win over Clay City on Friday, Crouch did not play a second in the 44-39 win over Bloomfield in the sectional championship game on Saturday.
But none of that mattered to her.
Knowing her story, you couldn’t help but feel good for the girl who had a big smile on her face and piece of net in her hand.
“I am truly proud of her,” said Davidson. “And I enjoy being her coach.”

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