Cold-shooting Lady Eagles falls to Henryville
A pair of spirited comeback attempts last Wednesday night wasn’t enough for the Lanesville girls’ basketball team, as the Lady Eagles’ season ended with a 45-40 loss to host Henryville in the Class A Sectional.
‘We certainly didn’t play our best,’ said Lanesville coach Bill Krammes. ‘They (Henryville) didn’t do anything better than we did, our girls played good ‘D’ and that just wasn’t good enough tonight. I thought we had to attack the basket the whole game, and we didn’t.’
The most spirited Lady Eagles’ comeback came with a pair of senior starters ‘ Brittney Barnickle and Beth Glomb ‘ seated on the bench after exhausting their five foul limits. When Glomb, Lanesville’s leading scorer with 16 points, fouled out with 2:40 to play in regulation, Katie Spellman’s free throws extended the Lady Hornets’ lead to 40-33.
With the duo on the bench, sitting with fellow senior Amanda Johnson, who saw limited action due to a broken hand, a group of underclassmen stepped up for Lanesville. With intense backcourt pressure, Lanesville forced three quick Henryville turnovers, forcing them into five points. Sophomore Faith Johnston took a steal the distance for a layup, followed by freshman Ashley Schoen’s free throw, putting Lanesville within two. With 1:16 to play, junior Erin Dorgay was fouled and converted both freebies to knot the game at 40-all.
Henryville then answered with a Maggie Gilstrap drive and layup, giving the Lady Hornets a 42-40 edge with 40 seconds remaining. Lanesville was unable to score in the closing minutes, even with a shot to tie at the foul line with 9.4 seconds remaining. After the misses, Lanesville was later whistled for an intentional foul with less than five seconds to play, securing the Henryville win and advancement into the sectional semi-finals.
‘I thought we really didn’t attack enough,’ Krammes said. ‘We settled for shooting open jump shots, and the fact is, we’re not the best shooting team. I just feel bad for the kids. This is a game I thought we should have won. It’s disappointing.’
The shooting struggles were evident at the foul line, where the Lady Eagles made good on 17 of 33 attempts (52 percent).
Lanesville did sprint out to a quick 7-1 lead to open the game. But Henryville responded with an 11-3 run to take a lead it held onto most of the remaining three quarters. The Lady Hornets extended their lead to eight on two different occasions, including early in the third quarter. There, Lanesville made another run at its opponent, backed by a strong defensive effort. A Glomb steal and blocked shot led to five consecutive Lady Eagles’ points. The effort was followed by another Henryville turnover converted into two points from Johnston, pulling Lanesville to within one at 31-30.
Lanesville then saw the lead for the final time, when Barnickle came up with a steal and converted a layup. But Henryville had things go its way in the final eight minutes, leading to the end of Lanesville’s season.
Glomb finished with a game-high 16 points, all coming in the first half. Barnickle and Johnston added seven points each. Krammes was pleased with the play of younger plays such as Johnston and Schoen.
Gilstrap led Henryville with 11 points, followed by Spellman’s nine.
‘Faith has some talent,” the second year coach said. ‘And (junior) Erin Dorgay, this is her team now. Those two, along with Ashley Schoen, are three good kids to start with next year.’
Lanesville graduates six seniors from the 2007-08 team: Brittany Gayhart, Allison Wolfe, Jordan Price, Glomb, Barnickle and Johnson.
‘That group has been wonderful to coach,’ Krammes said. ‘Looking back two years ago to where this group is today, I am very happy with this team and how far they have come. I thought I got as much as I could out of those kids. They worked hard every day and accomplished so much.’
He added Glomb is looking to continue her playing career in college and is currently looking at Franklin College or Bellarmine University.
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