Vick muscles Borden past Lanesville
Borden’s Jessica Vick had a good ol’ fashioned coming-out party last Thursday night in Lanesville. With her uncle, Lanesville pundit Pete Schickel, in the stands, Vick almost singlehandedly contorted a good game into a snoozer: she scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the third quarter, when the No. 3-ranked (Class 1A) Lady Braves turned an 8-point game at the half into a 22-point advantage heading into the final period.
Borden went on to an easy, 56-33 victory.
Neither team played particularly well in the first half. Lanesville hit just five of 27 attempts from the floor and Borden wasn’t much better at 8-33.
In the third, however, the Lady Braves caught fire on 9-16 shooting, including 2-3 beyond the arc. They also forced 10 Lanesville turnovers and made a 17-2 run in the final four minutes of the period to put the game away.
“There was no way to play them man-to-man, so we went to a 1-3-1 so that we could defend the baseline, and my wings wanted to play out at the volleyball line for some reason,” Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said. “I told my girls that’s all they did was run a ‘Rachel Dixon’ on us and go baseline to baseline to baseline, and when they were open, bang, they drop home a three.
“They stood out there and nailed them just like Dixon would do. If they play the defense right, those things don’t happen. It just came down to playing smart defense and executing.”
Amanda Picente, who paced Lanesville with eight points, had an early field goal, and Samantha Haines added one late for the hosts only points in the first quarter, when Borden led 13-4.
In the second frame, Eagle Joanna Picente dropped home a pair of triples for her only points of the night as Lanesville closed to within eight at the half after a bucket by Brittany Mix, 20-12.
After Mix and Maegan Van Hoose helped cut the deficit to six, 26-20, with 4:11 left in the third quarter, Borden went on a 17-2 run to take a commanding 44-22 advantage into the final period.
“Our defense kept us in the game in the first half. It was our defense on the wings that killed us in the second half. We have a lot of speed on our team, but we need to understand how to control it, and right now we don’t,” Coomer said.
“Our passing wasn’t that we were off the mark side to side. We were just throwing them too long. We were trying to fire 40-foot passes, and those aren’t going to work against a weak team, much less Borden.
“We’ve only played seven games, so I think it will all come around at some point. We just need to play a little smarter and with a little more focus.”
For the game, Lanesville was 12 of 51 from the floor, five of 22 on threes, and just 2-4 at the line. Rebounds were a wash, with both clubs grabbing 39 boards. Lanesville committed 20 turnovers while Borden had 14.
Samantha Haines and Joanna Picente each added six points, and Van Hoose finished with five.
The Lady Braves, who also got 12 points from Nicole Smith, hit 22 of 65 field goal attempts and went five of 18 from downtown. They also hit for 7-9 on frees.