Lanesville slugs Lady ‘Stangs, 46-42
Statistically, Thursday’s Southern Athletic Conference game between host New Washington and Lanesville wasn’t the best effort this season by either club. But Lady Eagles head coach Tim Coomer said the team play by his Lady Eagles was enough to turn the tide against New Washington.
‘I think by far this was the best team ball we’ve played in a long time. I know the statistics won’t show it, but a lot of girls were involved and we moved the ball on offense,’ Coomer said. ‘I was satisfied with our guards and the way we handled the ball. Coming into this game, it seemed like our offense was all Allison (Horton) or all (Maegan) VanHoose. Everyone knows those are our two big players, but we can’t go into the sectional relying on just two kids. I think we got them involved and the other girls got involved, too. It was just a good team effort.’
The Lady Eagles (12-7, 3-1 Southern Athletic Conference) had just enough offense to outlast New Washington, 46-42, for the team’s sixth win in a row.
Only one player reached double figures in scoring for the winners as Horton put in 11 points, and proof of Coomer’s statement about team ball came in the rest of Lanesville’s scoring line: VanHoose put in eight points, Brittany Johnson and Beth Glomb scored seven apiece, Brittney Barnickle and Heather Schaefer scored five apiece and Brittany Johnson added three points.
After New Washington took a 4-2 lead, Lanesville hit four of its next five shots to hold a 10-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The margin was trimmed to 12-9 in the early going of the second, but a pair of threes by Schmelz and Schaefer and a jumper from the left wing by Johnson put the visitors up, 20-9.
New Washington (12-9, 3-2) bounced back with a three by Ivy Ivers and a pair of charity tosses by Callie Burgin to trail at the half, 20-14.
Glomb hit a deuce and a pair of free throws to start the third quarter and VanHoose scored inside to give the visitors their biggest lead of the game. Again, the Lady Mustangs rallied and trailed by seven, 30-23, entering the final frame.
Slowly, New Washington climbed back into the affair.
Kaelin Tuell hit two frees and Ivers sank three. A couple of swapped-baskets later, the hosts landed five straight points from its sophomore sensation, Jillian Charlet, and tied the tussle at 35-all.
The game was tied at 37 and 39, but an old-fashioned three by Horton was the first nail in the hosts’ coffin. Barnickle blocked a three-point try by Jenna Sexton. In a free throw battle over the final 40 seconds, Johnson and Glomb hit for the final margin.
‘I didn’t think we were ever going to hit a free throw there at the end. We came through with some big blocks and some big rebounds and were able to pull it out,’ Coomer said. ‘I think it was good for us to have a game like this to show that we can keep our focus. It shows composure.’
Horton also finished with nine rebounds, eight steals and five blocks. Johnson and Schmelz had three boards apiece.
Lanesville was 16 of 40 from the field and hit 12 of 19 free throws. The club was thrashed on the boards, 32-22, but forced 24 New Washington turnovers.
The Lady Mustangs, who were paced by the 12 points of Charlet and nine by Sexton, were 12 of 35 on field goals and 16 of 21 at the line.
Lanesville had its way with Restoration Christian last week as well.
The Lady Eagles scored almost as many points in the first quarter (24) as Restoration put in for the entire game (25).
Lanesville led 45-14 at the intermission in the blowout, with the final score being 75-25.
This time, four Lanesville players reached double-figures in scoring.
VanHoose led the way with 16 points, followed by Schaefer with 13, Horton with 12 and Johnson with 11.
Schaefer was 6-6 at the line and had three steals and five rebounds.
Horton had 11 boards and VanHoose, Johnson and Christina Adkins each grabbed five apiece. Horton also came through with five assists while VanHoose handed out four.
In a 45-27 win over West Washington, VanHoose scored 12 and Horton and Barnickle notched 10 apiece.
Horton also had nine rebounds and seven steals. VanHoose swiped six steals and pulled down six boards.
Glomb, the team’s point guard, came through with six rebounds as well.
In a Jan. 17 win over Orleans, VanHoose scored 20 points to go along with five steals, two assists and three rebounds.
The Lady Eagles won the affair, 46-31.
Barnickle had seven points, Horton scored six and Johnson added four.
As a team, Lanesville was 19-37 from the field.
Two nights earlier, the Lady Eagles disposed of Borden, 71-45.
Again, four players reached double-figures in scoring for the winners.
Horton had 20, VanHoose rolled in 17, Barnickle added 12 and Schaefer scored 10. Glomb was almost there with nine points.
Barnickle added four assists and VanHoose dished out three. Barnickle also had five steals and four rebounds.
Horton finished with a double-double, grabbing a whopping 19 rebounds in the lopsided victory.
VanHoose recorded a double-double on Jan. 12 in a 59-40 triumph over Eastern. She scored 15 and had 10 rebounds for the Lady Eagles.
Horton wasn’t far behind with 22 points and eight rebounds. Schaefer came through with 12 points and six rebounds. Horton and Barnickle each had four steals as well.