Lanesville fights back strong in loss
Lanesville girls’ basketball coach Bill Krammes had a hunch that his team would have a slow start Thursday night against Christian Academy.
‘I knew when we got off the bus,’ Krammes said. ‘The first away game with a young team, I knew it was probably going to happen. I worried about it all day because it has happened every time I’ve brought a young team to a new environment.’
In their first road game of the season, the Lady Eagles fell far behind early, with a 13-0 deficit.
The 13-point lead was the widest margin Christian Academy could build. Lanesville slowly crept back into the game with Kelly Zollman’s inside presence and better play on the defensive end.
The Lady Warriors (4-2) took a 27-17 lead into the half, but in the second, Lanesville started to make its best move. Zollman scored consecutive buckets in the paint to start the run. Erin Dorgay followed by knocking down a 3-pointer. Then on the defensive end, Dorgay came up with a steal and lay-in to cut the Christian Academy lead to 30-26.
Freshman Kayla Smith provided a spark off the bench, converting a 3-point play to pull Lanesville within two points. After Christian Academy hit a free throw, Faith Johnston banked in a Lady Eagle 3-pointer, keeping the Lady Warriors in reach.
The Lady Eagles (0-3) eventually took their first lead of the game with 1:23 to play in the third quarter when Ashley Schoen knocked down a jumper after Smith picked off a Christian Academy pass. Zollman added two free throws to give Lanesville a 38-35 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Lanesville’s defense continued to step up its play during the early stages of the fourth quarter. The Lady Eagles held Christian Academy scoreless for just over seven minutes between the third and fourth quarters.
Krammes said he was impressed with the way his team responded out of the locker.
‘With young kids, they are so up and down,’ he said. ‘We made some adjustments, and when young kids can grasp the basketball knowledge and execute, it is a good sign. It shows that we are making progress.’
After Schoen hit a bucket to give Lanesville its largest lead, at 40-35, Christian Academy stormed back. The host team reeled off seven consecutive points, including an Alex McKinley bucket to tie the game, followed by a pair of Shawna Doty free throws with 1:01 left to take a 42-40 lead.
Dorgay then cut through the lane for a quick Lanesville basket to tie the game. Yet Christian Academy answered quickly with a Kelsey Biggs hoop of her own with 32 seconds left.
Lanesville was unable to score in the closing, giving the Lady Warriors the win.
‘I don’t think we went up at all,’ Krammes said. ‘I think we stayed about the same from the (Eastern) Pekin game. We played really hard at Pekin. We played hard here in the second half.’
Zollman stepped up with a big effort for the Lady Eagles. The junior scored 15 points.
‘Kelly Zollman is playing totally different than she has ever played before,’ Krammes said. ‘She still has a bunch of room to get better. But I guarantee that if she continues to play this way, she is going to be OK.’
The coach said Zollman has been working on playing more physical and emotional, which she has done early in the season.
Also for the Lady Eagles, Schoen contributed 11 points, and Dorgay had seven.
Doty led Christian Academy in scoring with 23 points.
Overcoming the 13-point deficit was tough on the Lady Eagles.
‘They played better the second quarter on, especially the second half,’ Krammes said. ‘The way we are, we can’t make mistakes in any game. To be in a game, we have to play our best.’
On Monday, Lanesville dropped its fourth game of the season, falling to Crawford County 64-39.
Lanesville’s next contest is at Perry Central on Monday at 8 p.m.
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