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Lanesville's Matthew Husband leaps to retrieve a loose ball near the sideline before throwing the rock off Borden's Cody Craddock to help the Eagles retain possession in the first half. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Defending 1A champs rally by Eagles

January 08, 2014 | 01:12 PM

Lanesville was eight minutes and a few seconds away from halting a five-game skid Friday night against Southern Athletic Conference rival Borden.

As the crowd roared inside the Eagles' gymnasium, a 10-point lead late in the third quarter eventually slipped to the advantage of Borden. Closing the game with a 21-5 run, the Braves rallied to defeat Lanesville, 61-55.

"We were right there and had an opportunity," Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. "We were up 10 points and had the ball to end the quarter. ... We did some things OK tonight but weren't good enough to win."

The last meeting between the rivals was a heated contest in the Class A Sectional final, a game the Braves won by nine before going on to claim the state title.

Entering the second half with a one-point lead, 30-29, the Eagles rode the coattail of senior Jack Ferree in the early going. He had 17 of his game-best 27 points in the opening half.

The flurry of points continued for Ferree in the third quarter. He scored Lanesville's first six points, both on 3-point plays. The first was on a shot beyond the arc then the next was off a spin move near the baseline to draw contact on a make.

Also catching the hot hand in the third quarter was Ryan Fulkerson with a triple to give the Eagles a 39-32 edge.

Borden was able to get to the charity stripe plenty of times in the third quarter but made 6 of 11 attempts. While the Braves missed free throws, Lanesville's Micah Lane attacked the basket for consecutive field goals.

With a minute to play in the third, Fulkerson was taken to the hardwood after shooting a triple. The foul allowed Fulkerson to attempt three freebies, sinking them all. Off a Borden turnover, Joe Ferree fed Fulkerson for a jumper to bring Lanesville's lead to double digits, 50-40.

"They had trouble guarding Jack early, and we did a nice job feeding him," Miller said. "Borden made some adjustments and started shading more towards him. Micah got some nice drives, and at times they couldn't guard him."

Then the tide turned. After a quick 3-point attempt by the Eagles inside 30 seconds to go in the quarter, Borden turned the miss into points. Vick scored an and-one, trimming the Lanesville lead to seven.

"We took a quick 3 under 30 seconds where we should have circled out and ran some clock," Miller said. "If it goes in, we're up 13, but it turned out to be more momentum for them than it was for us."

To start the fourth, Vick was fouled on the first possession but, missing the front-end of a one-and-one, the shooter corralled his own board. Taking the shot back up, Vick scored while drawing a foul. His made free throw cut the margin to 50-46.

Lanesville then went cold from the floor, failing to make a field goal in the fourth quarter.

Borden's Caleb Hart slipped past the Eagles defense for a back door lay-in, knotting the game at 51 with four minutes to play.

Joe Ferree helped Lanesville retake the lead with a pair of freebies, but Borden went on to score three straight field goals, two by Cody Craddock, to lead 57-53 with 1:04 to go.

Free throws by Jack Ferree trimmed the margin to two with 49 second left, but Lanesville wasn't able to score again.

"We get up in the third, but Borden seemed to pick it up where we seemed to stay where we were with energy and intensity," Miller said. "We still had a chance when it was 51-51, 53-53 for a while. We missed a few critical free throws at the end. We were 17 of 22 at the line, but the misses came late. There are little things in a close game that become magnified."

In the fourth quarter, Lanesville was five of eight at the line for its lone points in the frame.

Lanesville easily won the turnover battle with the Braves, committing just seven while Borden had 16.

Miller said the message to players in preparation and during the game was defense and rebounding.

"In the end, they got a couple key offensive rebounds and we did a poor job defensively, fouling and hanging, in the second half," Miller said. "Credit Borden, they played hard. For the most part, our kids competed pretty well."

The win was the sixth in a row in the rivalry between the schools. Coming into Friday's game, Borden was coming off its first loss since last February, a 45-40 setback against Paoli.

In the first half, Borden raced out to an 8-2 lead, but Jack Ferree rallied the Eagles back. He scored 13 points in the opening quarter to tie the game at 17. A bucket by Jason Harmon gave Lanesville a 19-17 lead in a fast-paced start.

"Jack was on fire for a little bit to get us going," Miller said. "It was nice for him because his first couple games had kind of been a struggle. Tonight, he played like what we've been seeing in practice. We needed a couple guys to go with him tonight."

The tempo slowed in the second quarter, with Lanesville holding an 11-9 advantage to lead 30-29 at the break.

The Eagles, however, couldn't maintain through the entire second half.

Jack Ferree's 27 led the Eagles, followed by eight points each from Fulkerson and Lane.

Borden placed four in double-figure scoring, paced by Craddock's 13. Zack Gillam and Caleb Hart contributed 12 points each, while Vick tallied 10. Vick was bothered by foul trouble in a scoreless first half for the senior.

Returning to SAC action Friday, the Eagles will travel south to face county-rival South Central at 7:30 p.m. Lanesville also will head to Medora Saturday for a make-up game, also at 7:30 p.m.

Borden 20 9 14 18 61

Lanesville 19 11 20 5 55

Borden (7-1, 3-0 SAC) Craddock 13, Gillam 12, Hart 12, Vick 10, McGee 7, Vollstedt 7.

Lanesville (6-3, 1-1) Ja. Ferree 27, Fulkerson 8, Lane 8, Harmon 6, Jo. Ferree 4, Husband 2.

3-point goals Borden 3 (Hart, McGee, Vollstedt); Lanesville 4 (Ja. Ferree 3, Fulkerson).

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