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A look back at Lanesville’s magical season …

Last year, Lanesville won the Class 1A Borden Sectional, ending an 81-year drought to win its first tourney trophy.
The squad hovered in Class 1A’s Top 10 all season long this time out, won the South Central Holiday Tournament title, the Southern Athletic Conference championship, the Henryville Sectional and the Franklin Regional.
Also, the team’s leading scorer, senior Chris VanHoose, became his school’s all-time leading scorer, finishing with 1,619 points.
Needless to say, few will forget the magical ride that took place this season.
Here’s a look back at the amazing run by the Eagles this year:
Lanesville 58, Corydon 56
For the second time in as many seasons, pre-season No. 7 in the Associated Press Class 1A poll- Lanesville knocked off Corydon Central in the season-opener.
After trailing by a point at halftime, the Eagles mounted a fourth-quarter charge to pull off the win.
It was only the second time since 1985 that the Eagles picked up a victory against Corydon.
Chris VanHoose led the way with 19 points, and David Lieber scored 10.
Lanesville 65, Borden 50
The rematch of last year’s sectional championship didn’t quite live up to the hype.
Lanesville, ranked 5th in the 1A poll, outscored the Braves 16-4 in the second period and never looked back.
VanHoose scored 17, Lieber had 16 and Kenton Acton stepped up with 14 points.
Lanesville 75, Paoli 58
Ten players scored for the Eagles, who methodically pulled away from Joe Hinton’s Rams.
VanHoose had 18 points, Lieber scored 16, and Taylor Hess scored a season-high 13.
Lanesville 82, Eastern 76
Senior David Lieber had a coming out party against the Musketeers, knocking down a pair of threes and filling stat categories throughout his 17-point night.
Though Eastern put up a good challenge, the squad couldn’t overcome a 22-of-33 effort at the line by the visitors.
VanHoose scored 29 points, Matthew Beckman scored 15 and Acton had 10 for the winners.
Lanesville 84, Medora 27
VanHoose became his school’s all-time leading scorer in a blowout victory over the Hornets.
He scored 22 points and handed out nine assists to push his career scoring mark to 1,172 points in 75 games (surpassing Charlie Reinhardt’s 1,169 in 77 games).
The Eagles, ranked 5th and off to its best start since a 5-0 spurt in the 1976-77 season, had 12 players score. Acton put in 14, Beckman tallied 11.
Cory Beach had two points and Cody Hussung added three. Both were season-highs that would be matched one other time later in the season.
Lanesville 98, Cannelton 29
In a contest that was over almost from the opening tip, Lanesville had its best offensive performance of the season.
The Eagles led 24-5 at the end of the first quarter, 49-14 at halftime, and 83-24 by the end of the third.
VanHoose scored 23 points, Evan Hussung chalked up a season-high 18 points, Acton added 16, and Tom Richmer scored a season-high eight for the winners.
The victory gave Lanesville its best start since the 1945-46 edition went 6-0.
Lanesville 76, South Central 67
With several players fighting the flu or a stomach virus, No. 4-ranked Lanesville had to rally past the hosts in the opening game of the South Central Holiday Tournament.
The Rebels led towards the end of the third period, but couldn’t hold off the late charge by Lanesville.
VanHoose put in 24 points (including 14 of 16 from the foul line), Lieber scored 13, Beckman came through with 12 and Hess notched 10.
Lanesville 30, Shawe Mem. 24
Still battling illness, Lanesville was content to play a slow-down game to get past 2006 Franklin Regional finalist Shawe Memorial.
Lanesville trailed 4-3 at the end of the first period, then doubled up Shawe on the second, 14-7.
Beckman led the Eagles with six points while VanHoose and Hall scored five apiece. Hall’s total was a season-high that he would match two other times during the season.
Lanesville 60, Austin 40
The Eagles capped their Holiday Tournament championship with a 20-point blowout of Austin; a game in which 10 players scored for the winners.
VanHoose scored 14 and Acton had 10 to set the pace for Lanesville. Seth Jacobs had a season-high seven points, a feat he’d match one other time during the year.
The victory pushed the Eagles’ record to 9-0, tying the best start by the 1972-73 Eagles and one away from the 1944-45 team, which posted a 10-0 start before losing to New Albany’s ‘B’ team.
Barr-Reeve 57, Lanesville 48
The Eagles, ranked 4th in the final poll of 2006, suffered their first loss of the season at famed Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, falling to top-ranked Barr-Reeve.
After leading early on, Lanesville’s offense went ice cold (only hitting for 34 percent) and the Vikings slowly pulled out to a 14-point lead with 4:51 left in the game.
The Eagles didn’t quit, however, soaring back and slicing the deficit to three points with 48 seconds remaining.
Barr-Reeve wound up hitting 16 of 31 field goals and 20 of 30 free throws to pull away for the win.
VanHoose scored 13, Beckman had 12, including a couple of long threes, and Acton scored 11.
Lanesville 68, South Central 60
Behind a season- and career-high 40 points by VanHoose, Lanesville knocked off its county rival in another hotly contested affair.
The game could have easily been Lanesville’s second loss of the season were it not for a horrid night at the line (11 of 23) and 28 turnovers by the visitors. The Eagles went 23 of 29 on foul shots and had only 13 turnovers.
With 2:42 left, VanHoose, who went 20 of 23 at the line, worked his magic and turned a one-point lead into a nine-point advantage in a span of less than a minute, scoring all eight points in the process.
Lieber and Hess scored eight points apiece for the Eagles.
W.W. 58, Lanesville 47
The visiting Senators hung 25 points on Lanesville in the final period to deal a surprise loss to the home team.
The tussle was close until the final eight minutes, when West Washington pulled away.
Beckman was held scoreless ‘ the only time it would happen this year ‘ but VanHoose came through with 25 points and Acton had 14.
Lanesville 54, Orleans 53
A tussle between two of Indiana’s top 1A teams didn’t disappoint. The largest lead by either club was 10 points, and the outcome was in doubt all the way until the final horn.
The Eagles, ranked 5th, shot 51 percent from the field and hit 16 of 19 free throws to pull out the victory over the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs, who missed a last-second shot that would have won the game.
VanHoose scored 24 points and Acton added 14.
Lanesville 61, N.H. 38
Lieber had his best game of the season, scoring 21 points to help complete Lanesville’s second consecutive sweep of Harrison County teams.
The Eagles dominated the second half, doubling up the Cougars to roll to the victory.
VanHoose scored 15 and John Kissel had 10 for the Eagles.
Lanesville 63, C.A.I. 35
Lanesville scored as many points in the first half as Christian Academy did for the game. A 28-point second half gave the No. 5-ranked Eagles a 28-point win.
Lieber scored 19, VanHoose had 11 and Acton added 10 for the victors, who won their third consecutive game.
The Eagles wasted no time jumping on the visitors, rolling out to a 21-4 first-quarter lead thanks in large part to a 15-1 run.
Perry Central 80, Lanesville 62
Seemingly everything that could go wrong, did, against the Commodores.
The Eagles never really got on track in the war, which wound up being the team’s final loss of the regular season.
Commodore senior Aaron Carter dropped in 21 points as his team hit 20 of 26 free throws to seal the win.
Lanesville was paced by the 31 points of VanHoose and 11 by Acton.
Lanesville 88, N.W. 45
After falling to its lowest ranking of the season, No. 9-Lanesville took things out on the Mustangs, going on a 26-8 run in the second quarter and coasting the easy victory.
In all, 13 players scored for the victors, who were led by the 24 points of VanHoose, 15 by Lieber and a season- and career-high 12 by Kissel. Bryant Conder and Jeffery Hammond each scored a season-high two points as well.
Lanesville 74, R.C. 54
One night after crushing New Washington, Lanesville led nearly gate to wire in a rout of the Lions.
The Eagles marked one of their best shooting nights of the season, hitting 29 of 45 (64 percent) shots from the field.
VanHoose led his club with 20 points, followed by a season-high 18 by Beckman, 13 by Acton and seven by Lieber. Cody Hussung scored a season-high three on a fourth-quarter trey.
Lanesville 62, Henryville 45
The host Hornets had no answer for sophomore Acton, who scored a season- and career-high 23 points. Lanesville’s victory locked down a conference championship.
VanHoose added 15 points, and Lieber scored 12 for the No. 8-ranked Eagles.
Lanesville 63, Crothersville 47
After trailing by one at the end of the first period, No. 7-ranked Lanesville outscored Crothersville by 17 in the middle two quarters to post the win.
VanHoose had 21 points, Acton scored 15, Lieber had 12 and Hess added 11 for the victors.
Lanesville 84, Crawford Co. 69
Crawford County’s Lyndon Jones rolled in 32 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Lanesville closed out its home season with a victory.
VanHoose scored 23 points and had 10 assists, Lieber added 14 points, Acton had nine and Kissel and Hess added eight apiece for the Eagles, who shot 29 of 46 (63 percent) from the floor.
With his 23 points, VanHoose topped the 1,500-point mark for his career, sitting at 1,502 as his school’s all-time leading scorer.
Class 1A
Henryville Sectional
Lanesville 67, R.C. 44

The Eagles, who wound up at No. 7 in the final Class 1A poll, wasted no time in living up to their billing as sectional favorite, blowing out Restoration Christian in the Henryville Sectional opener.
VanHoose and Lieber each scored 13 and Evan Hussung scored 10 in the blowout.
Lanesville 62, South Central 39
South Central proved twice earlier in the season that it could hang with the Eagles. The sectional meeting between the two rivals proved to be another matter entirely.
The Rebels were held to just one field goal in the first eight minutes, and by halftime they trailed 40-15.
Lanesville got 21 points from VanHoose, 16 (and four threes) from Beckman, 11 from Acton and eight from Evan Hussung.
Lanesville 55, Henryville 44
On a mission, the Eagles led at every stop to land their second consecutive sectional championship.
Lanesville dropped in 25 of 32 free throws to help turn back the gritty Hornets.
VanHoose finished with 21 points, Acton had 11 and Lieber put up nine.
VanHoose was named the sectional’s Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-sectional team by Beckman and Acton.
Class 1A
Franklin Regional
Lanesville 43, Orleans 41

In the regular-season meeting between the two teams, Orleans missed a last-second shot attempt that would have won the game for the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs.
In the tournament matchup, a triple-teamed VanHoose found Lieber wide open underneath the basket for a last-second score, propelling the Eagles to their first regional championship game.
VanHoose scored 18, Lieber had 10, Jacobs hit two big threes in the first half, and Beckman drained a late triple that brought his team back from the dead late in the contest.
Lanesville 56, J-C-D 54
Closing out historic Vandivier Gymnasium, Lanesville clawed back from a nine-point deficit with 4:20 left in the game to win its first-ever regional crown in boys basketball.
The thrilling action from the morning contest carried over into the night game, and again it was Lieber coming to the aid of his team with two free throws with 19.8 seconds left.
Jac-Cen-Del, ranked 8th, missed three shot attempts in the final seconds, solidifying the victory for Lanesville.
VanHoose scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, Hess scored nine, and Lieber and Acton had eight apiece.
Class 1A
Seymour Semi-state
Barr-Reeve 46, Lanesville 43

Some 5,500 to 6,500 fans at the Seymour Semi-state were treated to a thriller.
A last-second three-pointer ‘ in overtime ‘ by Barr-Reeve’s Josh Pielemeier was a dagger in the hearts of Lanesville fans everywhere.
The Eagles led by four at halftime, then No. 4-ranked Barr-Reeve stormed back. At the end of regulation, the score was tied, 37-37.
With 55 seconds left in overtime, Lanesville led by three points, but a triple by Barr-Reeve’s Ethan Knepp, followed by a steal by Knepp, turned the tide in the Vikings’ favor.
VanHoose led all scorers with 23 points, Lieber scored six and Acton, Beckman and Hess notched four apiece. Kissel came off the bench for two points.

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