Meadows, Hester pester Eagles, 79-60
Alan Stewart, Sports Editor
Henryville’s boys basketball team sewed up its first outright Southern Athletic Conference championship since 1979 last Thursday night at Lanesville.
The Hornets, ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press poll of 1A teams, motored past the hosts behind 35 points and seven three-pointers by Shane Meadows, the state’s second-leading scorer.
Meadows, a 6-0 senior, put in 11 of his 35 points in the third quarter to turn away a nice comeback effort by the Eagles: Lanesville had cut a double-digit deficit to eight points with 5:35 remaining in the third only to kick the ball away six times in its next seven possessions.
Henryville picked up a 79-60 win to finish the SAC slate with a perfect 5-0 mark.
‘It was just a game where we didn’t execute on the offensive or defensive ends of the floor,’ said Lanesville coach Mikel Miller. ‘They had (Eric) Hester releasing, and we had worked on that all week in practice and just didn’t do much of anything to stop that. Offensively, we did a lot of standing around and were not attacking.’
Hester marked nine steals in the game, for a new school record, and scored 18 points, including 10 on run-outs. He missed two other lay-ups on two other run-outs.
Lanesville (6-12, 2-2 SAC) dashed out to a 6-0 lead to start the game on baskets by Adam Brown, David Barr and Jason Ketterer. The Eagles held Henryville (15-3, 5-0) without a basket until the 2:54 mark, when Jerry Cochran broke the drought for the visitors.
The Hornets went on a 7-2 spurt the rest of the way to hold a lead of 11-8 after the opening period.
Meadows and Hester combined for 18 of their team’s 24 points in the second frame to hold a 35-23 lead at the intermission.
Brown, Barr, Ketterer and Patrick Huffman led a valiant charge to get the game down to eight points in the early going of the third, trailing 39-31 with 5:29 showing. That brought on a Henryville timeout.
After Jack Brooks settled his troops, it was back to buzz-iness: the Hornets’ defense forced six turnovers in seven possessions over a four-minute stretch. By the end of the quarter, Henryville held a 17-point lead, 58-41.
The visitors outscored Lanesville 21-11 in the final frame to secure their 11th straight win.
Henryville shot 31 of 66 (47 percent) from the field, including 7-for-21 beyond the arc. The Hornets out-rebounded the hosts, 38-30, and committed two fewer turnovers, 15-17.
‘Early on, Jason did pretty well on the boards, and then he got his second foul and had to sit for the rest of the half,’ Miller said. ‘Our defensive rebounding could have been much better.’
Ketter led Lanesville with seven rebounds. His opponent in the paint, Day, pulled down 11.
Lanesville put in 25 of 54 attempts (46 percent) and was just two of 14 on three-point tries.
Brown led the Eagles with 21 points, Ketter had 10, and Dave Bachman came off the bench for nine points on 4-5 shooting.
The team’s second-leading scorer, David Barr, was held to six.
‘Dave had an off night, for him anyway. They really focused on him and didn’t let him do a whole lot,’ Miller said. ‘If you take the 10 points they got on run-outs and David scored 10 more points to reach his average, it’s a different ball game.
‘Bachman and (Craig) Barnickle have played really well the past few games. When you are young and don’t have much experience against varsity kids, it takes time to develop. I think you are starting to see how they are getting better and are becoming more consistent. VanHoose, as a freshman, is coming in and handling everything real well, too.’
Lanesville closes out the 2003-2004 campaign on the road, at Crothersville Friday night, before going to Crawford County Saturday evening.