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Lady Eagles looking to get going, top Clarksville

Lady Eagles looking to get going, top Clarksville
Lady Eagles looking to get going, top Clarksville
Lanesville's Brittney Gayhart drives on a Clarksville defender for two of her team-best 17 points. (Photo by Brian Smith)

The focus for the Lanesville girls’ basketball season has turned to preparing for the sectional tournament, which is slated to begin in two weeks. Thursday night, the Lady Eagles put together a performance against Clarksville that not only halted a four-game losing streak, but also included a confidence building 48-40 win.
‘Trying to get ready for sectional, that is it,’ Lanesville coach Bill Krammes said.
Clarksville (6-10) had the lead on only one occasion, early in the second period after a Candice James’ basket gave the Generals an 11-10 lead. Gayhart then hit consecutive 3-pointers, giving Lanesville a comfortable margin. After taking an 18-15 lead into halftime, the Lady Eagles went on a 4-0 run to start the third.
Lanesville stretched the lead to 30-20 after Gayhart followed a missed three with a offensive put-back. Clarksville was able to get within five early in the final quarter, but Lanesville answered each rallying attempt. The Lady Eagles went a solid 8 of 11 in the final quarter at the foul line and 14 of 19 overall.
‘We figured Brittany Gayhart and Amanda Johnson would have big games, and I think Brittany did,’ Krammes said. ‘She got a lot of easy baskets in the paint. They were a lot smaller than we were, and we took advantage of that.’
Gayhart led the Lady Eagles with 17 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Lanesville also got eight points each from Erin Dorgay and Beth Glomb.
Lanesville (8-9) broke a four-game losing streak after they defeated Clarksville, which was held to its third-lowest offensive output of the season.
‘They are a good basketball team,’ said Krammes. ‘I hope the reason they struggled was because of our defense.’
Clarksville was led in scoring by Jessica Johnson, who hit her average of 17 points. Krammes said that was his only letdown in the game, allowing their top scorer to have a solid night.
‘We didn’t stop their shooter at all,’ he said. ‘We are trying to get ready for (South Central’s) Brittany Schoen, so if we let this girl get 17 points, what will she do against us?’
Outside of containing Johnson, Krammes has been most pleased with the development of his bench. Faith Johnson scored seven off the bench along with Jordan Price who scored four points.
Lanesville has three remaining games on its schedule, including the Southern Athletic Conference finale at New Washington tomorrow (Thursday). Following the New Washington game, the Lady Eagles will play Friday at Rock Creek Christian. Both opponents are in the same sectional as the Lady Eagles.
The final game of the season will be a home contest on Jan. 29 against Providence.
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