‘Tired’ Lanesville eases past Borden
The outcome was never in doubt, but Lanesville’s girls basketball team could have used some Gatorade, a can of spinach or some solar-cell-lined jerseys in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s Southern Athletic Conference battle against visiting Borden.
Heading into the fourth, the hosts were up by 23 points, 50-27.
‘We just seemed like we ran out of energy in the third quarter,’ Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said. ‘I don’t know why, because we’re an up-tempo team and we run all the time in practice and should have had plenty of stamina. It just seemed like when we got that big lead, we just settled in.’
While the Lady Eagles were settling in, Borden’s shots were going in.
The Lady Braves whittled the deficit to 16 in the final minute, but by then it was far too late to overcome Lanesville, which wound up winning, 61-45.
‘We played a terrible man-to-man defense in the fourth quarter. We weren’t switching, and we weren’t talking, which are the man-to-man sins,’ Coomer said. ‘We have to work a lot harder on the defensive end.
‘You are looking at South Central, Tell City and Corydon coming up, and a lot of those teams were here tonight. If we play them like we did tonight and make those same defensive mistakes, we’re going to get run out of the gym.’
Lanesville, which received votes last week for the first time ever in the Class 1A poll, pushed its record to 7-2 and remained perfect in conference play at 2-0.
Borden (1-7, 1-2) never led as Lanesville’s Maegan VanHoose and Samantha Haines combined for field goals and free throws for a 7-0 lead.
A charity toss by Borden’s Susie Bibb got the visitors on the board, but Lanesville countered with baskets by Haines, Allison Horton and Heather Schaefer to push the advantage to 13-1.
Horton and Sarah Allen swapped baskets over the final 2:28, and VanHoose chalked up two more of her team-high 21 points just before the first buzzer to help Lanesville double-up Borden, 19-8.
The second frame was more of the same as Lanesville used a 13-2 run in a three-minute stretch to extend the advantage at the half to 36-16.
While Lanesville built on its lead by the end of the third period, 50-27, Borden’s field goal shooting picked up and proved to be a sign of what was to come.
‘The first half, the up-tempo was our asset. The second half, we forgot when to fast break and when not to. We tried to force a fast break when it wasn’t there. When we tried for force everything, the tempo kind of went against us,’ Coomer said.
The Lady Braves had a 12-2 run in the final quarter. They shot seven of 12, out-rebounded Lanesville by two (8-6), and coughed up just three turnovers.
The inside game of Horton and several jumpers by VanHoose kept Borden at bay, however, as Lanesville went on to the victory.
Horton wound up with 16 points and a slew of rebounds, and Schaefer came through with 13 points. Haines finished with seven points, and Brittany Mix came off the bench for four.
Overall, the Lady Eagles were 27 of 60 (45 percent, and they got to the line six times, sinking three.
Borden out-rebounded the hosts, 40-31, but turned the ball over 22 times to Lanesville’s 13.
‘We’d been rebounding really well and had been averaging 25 a game. We weren’t attacking the basket after the shot, and they were, and they wound up getting three and four more shots at the basket. We can’t let teams this small get three and four shots,’ Coomer said. ‘What’s going to happen when we hit a couple of six-footers? It didn’t surprise me at all that they out-rebounded us, because they were aggressive under the basket.’
The Lady Braves’ first-half shooting mark of 6-of-24 was the deciding factor. In the second half, they were 12-28 from the field.
Allen led all scorers with 24 points, and teammate Candace Bender scored six.
Lanesville’s next test comes against South Central in the opening round of the traveling Holiday Tournament.
The battle is a rematch of a Nov. 24 meeting, which the Lady Eagles won, 71-57.
In the other game, which tips off at 6 p.m., Borden will take on Henryville. Thursday’s losers face off Saturday at 11 a.m. in the consolation round, with the championship taking place at approximately 12:45.