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CAI steals one from Lady Eagles

Missed opportunities.
That’s the only way to describe how Lanesville’s girls suffered their first loss of the season Thursday night in their home opener.
The hosts trailed Christian Academy of Indiana for most of the game before rallying in the closing minutes of the final period, only to see turnovers and poor shooting fiddle the game away.
Lanesville sputtered to a 5-4 advantage at the first stop, but trailed by five at the break, 20-15.
Thanks to the offense of Ashley McKnight and Tai Whitlow, CAI held a 30-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Lanesville’s Maegan VanHoose knocked down two free throws to tie it, but the Lady Warriors bounced back with a quick 7-0 spurt to set the game at 37-30 with 5:20 left.
The Lady Eagles got a goal by senior Shelby Acton and eight unanswered points, including two triples from VanHoose, to go up by three with 54 seconds left.
Lanesville tried to whittle time off the clock but threw the ball away. With under 30 seconds remaining, April Stewart came up with a steal for CAI and passed off to Whitlow, who swished one from downtown.
With the score knotted at 40, Lanesville got fouled on a rebound and missed both free throws. CAI’s McKnight, who led her team with 13 points, came down with the rebound and went coast-to-coast before she was fouled by Acton with 4.5 showing.
McKnight dropped home both frees. Lanesville tried to throw long on its inbounds pass, but McKnight tipped the ball away to preserve the win.
‘We just didn’t take care of the ball. I’ve got a ton of guards on this team, and we just did not take care of it. It definitely wasn’t the pressure. We didn’t do anything to protect the ball,’ moaned Lanesville coach Tim Coomer.
‘Maybe three times tonight we ran a play completely through. We’d start to run the play and then stop halfway and try to invent something. We had probably 12 shots under the basket and couldn’t get a shot to drop. We played a good fourth quarter, to get back into the game, but if we’d played the first three quarters like we did that last one, we wouldn’t have had to worry about it.’
Next to McKnight’s 13 points, Stewart contributed 10 to the winning cause, followed by eight from Whitlow, six from Anna Pleen, and five from Michelle Thompson.
CAI (4-1) hit 11 of 14 free throw attempts.
Lanesville was paced by 17 points from VanHoose, a sophomore. Samantha Haines did a nice job under the basket and came in with nine points. The balance of the scoring line was filled by Acton (2), Heather Schaefer (3), Brittany Johnson (4), Allison Horton (3), and Brittany Mix (2).
The Lady Eagles (2-2) struggled at the line, hitting just six of 13 tries.
‘The only way we can win is if everybody is on the same page,’ Coomer said. ‘I think this was just one of those deals where we played down and we shouldn’t have. We were out of position and got caught underneath the rim and were not out where we were supposed to be. We worked on that all day Wednesday.
‘We just absolutely did nothing under the basket. This is just a hard one to swallow. And it doesn’t get any better next week.’
— Lanesville got bounced by Crawford County on Monday night, 53-42, and travels to South Central tonight (Wednesday).