|Fri, Mar 07, 2014 01:44 PM
February 12, 2014 | 10:20 AM
From the get-go, it was all Eagles.
Flying out to an 8-0 start, then leading by double-digits much of the way, Lanesville came away Friday night with a 64-46 road victory at New Washington.
Part of the key to victory was defense. During the last month, Lanesville coach Mikel Miller has seen big leaps on that end of the floor.
"We're better at ball pressure, covering passing lanes and we still have a few breakdowns, but it's never going to be perfect," he said. "But they are working hard and competing much better which, a month ago, were areas we started to stress."
Locking down the Mustangs in the opening quarter, forcing nine miscues, led to early opportunities. Steals led to easy field goals by Micah Lane and Jack Ferree to open the early 8-0 margin.
It wasn't until five minutes into the game when Devin Herron scored New Washington's first bucket.
Ending the opening quarter on a 7-0 run, Lanesville scored through Jason Harmon, Joe Ferree and Matthew Husband. The Eagles would lead 15-4 after one quarter.
The emergence of Husband was welcomed by the team after he has slowly worked his way back into the rotation after missing several weeks with an illness. His presence was felt by the Mustangs, tallying 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting.
"It was nice to see Matt have a good night," Miller said. "We'll have to see tomorrow night how he bounces back. Our two leading scorers didn't reach double figures tonight, so it shows our other kids are able to step up when needed."
Husband, along with Tate Stilger, nailed consecutive treys to help Lanesville open a 27-14 lead in the second quarter. Making a charge toward the half, the Mustangs went on a 6-2 run capped by a James Clemons bucket to cut Lanesville's lead to 29-20 at half.
The intermission would be the last time New Washington had the deficit at single digits.
Similar to the start of the game, the third quarter was an 8-0 run. Two field goals by Harmon, a steal-and-score by Joe Ferree and a bucket by Fulkerson ballooned the Eagles lead to 37-20.
In the third quarter, Lanesville outscored the hosts on their homecoming night 12-5. The fourth quarter featured 44 points between the teams, but the back-and-forth sprint to the finish belonged to the Eagles.
"We've had a couple of games when we had the lead to spread the floor and it slipped away," Miller said. "We got better at that tonight, and we'll keep improving on."
Part of the success on offense wasn't only the transition baskets, but the unselfish play of the Eagles. On 28 made baskets, the team had a total of 22 assists.
"We got good minutes from all our kids," Miller said. "They are figuring out it doesn't matter who scores what, as long as in the end it's in our favor. Twenty-two assists is nice. There weren't very many field goals we scored on there wasn't a good pass involved."
Six of the assists belonged to Joe Ferree, who also had five steals. Harmon closed with 12 points and five rebounds, while Fulkerson added 10 points and five boards.
"Jason had a good game. We're trying to get Jack involved a little more inside; he can play outside, but we're better when he is scoring around the basket," Miller said. "Joe did a real good job distributing the ball and playing fairly solid defense. Ryan played a good game as well."
With the up-and-down game Lanesville is comfortable playing, forcing 23 turnovers helped the cause.
"That gives us, especially the way we want to play with this group of kids, some momentum and a chance to make easy baskets," Miller said.
Zach Moore and Clemons led New Washington in scoring with 13 points each.
Coming back the next night, the Eagles soundly defeated Tecumseh, 62-56. Lanesville led 48-32 after three quarters before the Braves attempted a come-back.
Fulkerson nearly had a double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down a team-best eight rebounds. Joe Ferree paced Lanesville in scoring with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, along with four assists and three steals. Chipping in 11 points on five-of-six shooting was Jack Ferree.
The Eagles will host Rock Creek Academy tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m.
Lanesville 15 14 12 23 – 64
New Washington 4 16 5 21 – 46
Lanesville (10-7, 3-1 SAC) – Husband 21, Harmon 12, Fulkerson 10, Jo. Ferree 7, Ja. Ferree 7, T. Stilger 3, Lane 2, A. Stilger 2.
New Washington (5-10, 1-3) – Clemons 13, Moore 13, Miles 9, Herron 6, Ellison 3, Seals 2.
3-point goals – Lanesville 2 (Husband, T. Stilger); New Washington 3 (Miles 2, Ellison).