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Lady Eagles snap three-game slide with win over Eastern

Statistically, Lanesville’s girls basketball team wasn’t much better than visiting Eastern last Thursday night. But the only number that really mattered to the hometown folks was the one on the scoreboard, which showed a 48-38 victory by the hosts.
Lanesville, which snapped a three-game losing streak in the process, was thrashed on the boards, 39-29, but countered that number by forcing almost twice as many turnovers (24) as they gave up (14).
In the end, the Lady Eagles’ defense and a good effort at the charity stripe (15-22) was the key cog in the slide-stopping win.
‘I’ve still got to get the kids to want to win as bad as I do,’ Lanesville coach Bill Krammes said. ‘For some reason, that’s not inside them. They’ve had success in other sports, but in basketball, that fire isn’t the same. It’s like they don’t understand how important winning is.’
Triples by Brittney Barnickle and Amanda Johnson, and a deuce by Johnson, were the only field goals notched by Lanesville in the opening period, which ended in a 10-10 tie.
Because the Lady Eagles were struggling on their shooting, hitting just three of 12 attempts, Krammes decided to play stall-ball in the second period.
‘We’re a better team against a man-to-man defense, so it’s a case of me trying to find ways to help our team win. Pekin Eastern was in a 2-3 zone, and we weren’t hitting anything, so we went with holding the ball,’ Lanesville’s coach said. ‘We did that against Providence earlier this year and it worked.’
While the hosts didn’t improve on their shooting, they were able to surge ahead with a 7-0 run.
After shaving three minutes off the clock by holding the ball, Lanesville broke the ice with a pair of free throws by the team’s leading scorer, Beth Glomb. Barnickle buried her second three, which was followed by a runner by Erin Dorgay.
Eastern’s only marker in the second was on a bucket inside by Laura Purlee with just over a minute remaining.
At halftime, Lanesville led, 17-12.
Neither club made much headway in the third period, where the hosts outscored Eastern, 12-11, to hold a 29-23 lead. The Lady Eagles extended the margin in the final stanza.
After a bucket by Kelsey Collard trimmed Eastern’s deficit to four points, Lanesville went on a 8-3 run.
Brittney Gayhart knocked down two free throws and Dorgay went coast to coast after pulling down a rebound. Eastern’s Jordan Basham connected from downtown, but Glomb scored back to back goals for a 37-28 advantage.
The two clubs swapped buckets the rest of the way, with Lanesville holding Eastern without a field goal over the final 2:27.
Johnson led all scorers with 11 points, followed by 10 apiece from Glomb and Barnickle. Gayhart went 6-6 at the line and finished with eight points, and Dorgay scored seven to round out the Lady Eagles’ scoring chart.
Lanesville was 15 of 43 from the field and sank three of 13 tries from beyond the arc.
While he was happy with the win, Krammes said his team will have to shore up its defense as the club makes its stretch run to next month’s Class 1A sectional at New Washington.
‘We saw two of (Eastern’s) games this year and in both of them, every time they had the ball they dribbled to the baseline or made a pass down there. We knew exactly what they were going to do and had a defense to stop it, but for some reason chose not to execute. That’s my fault because I didn’t do a good enough job preparing them, I guess. Maybe I need to get more intense in practice and be their coach instead of enjoying their company,’ Krammes said.
Lanesville’s first-year coach pointed out last year’s squad sported an identical record to this year’s group, which is 7-9.
‘It was about this time last year that the girls went on an 11-game win streak,’ Krammes said. ‘I’d like to see us do that, but right now, I don’t have them ready. They aren’t intense enough. That’s on my shoulders. We need to play like we did at the beginning of the season, and if I can get them to do that, I think by sectional time we could be a team no one wants to play. We can’t let ‘good enough’ be good enough.’
Eastern wound up shooting 16 of 49 from the floor, and three of 10 on triples.
The Musketeers were paced by the 10 points of Collard and Purlee.
Lanesville returns to the hardwood Monday night in a home game against West Washington.
The squad will continue with a double home-game weekend, taking on New Washington next Friday, then Restoration Christian on Saturday.
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