November 26, 2013 | 01:26 PM
The Lanesville girls' basketball team wasn't able to hang on to a 24-17 lead at West Washington Saturday night. The Lady Senators rallied to score a 45-39 victory, holding the Lady Eagles to 15 second-half points.
Lanesville got off to a hot start, sinking four triples, two each from Hannah Walther and Emma Zeller.
Defensively, Lanesville coach Kevin Smith said the team stuck to the game plan early on, looking to limit West Washington's 3-point shooters and keep the ball out of the middle.
In the second quarter, Walther's hot hand continued, sinking two more 3-pointers. The scoring gave the Lady Eagles a 24-17 halftime edge.
Smith said the second half was a different story. Shots wouldn't fall for the Lady Eagles from the inside or beyond the arc. Usual starter Annie Parsons missed the game, which limited Lanesville's size inside.
Lanesville maintained the lead until three minutes to play in the game. Turnovers in the second half (five) led to six points by West Washington.
As a team, Lanesville struggled at the free-throw line, going 3 of 10 in the second half despite shooting 71 percent thus far this season.
"I guess we got tired a little and West Washington hitting shots and getting to the free-throw line, they were 8-14 in the second half," Smith said.
Zeller led the team in scoring with 14 points, while Walther finished with 13. Jessica DeWeese chipped in seven points, while Erica Daly pulled down 14 rebounds.
"Overall, we played better this game but did not come out with a win," the coach added. "We have to learn to close out games and take good shots and finish our shots. We cannot shoot 8-18 at the line and expect to win. This was a game we should have got, but we will learn from it and shows we can compete and we are nowhere near where we need to be yet."
Lanesville will return to action Monday when the Lady Eagles host Perry Central at 8 p.m.