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Hornets get best of Lanesville in overtime battle

Hornets get best of Lanesville in overtime battle
Hornets get best of Lanesville in overtime battle
Nick Hammond puts up a jump shot against Henryville Friday night. The senior scored 24 points for the Eagles. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Lanesville rallied from 13 down to force overtime against Henryville Friday night. In the overtime, the Hornets used a Taylor Stone 3-pointer to take the lead and eventually take a 73-65 victory out of Lanesville.
Late in the fourth quarter, Nick Hammond hit a 3-pointer to put the Eagles up 61-60 with 2:05 to play. Hammond then added a pair of free throws with 59.1 seconds left, extending the Lanesville lead to three. Henryville then came up with a huge shot. Taylor Weeks nailed a contested 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining, knotting the game at 63.
On the final play of regulation, Lanesville missed on a Hammond jump shot. Lanesville attempted a series of put-backs, but none of the shot attempts fell through the net, sending the Southern Athletic Conference rivals to overtime.
‘We had a nice shot there, a good look and the ball just hit the side of the iron,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘We got a few offensive rebounds there for a second look and a third look when we kicked it out. It just didn’t happen for us.’
In the overtime, a Hornet field goal from Dylan Wolf was the first basket of the extra time. Lanesville quickly answered with a Hammond jump shot. From that point, the Eagles failed to score again. Taylor Stone hitting the 3-pointer followed the Hammond jumper. From that point, the Hornets hung on and survived.
‘We put the rebound stat up on the board after the game, 30-25,’ Miller said. ‘There are our stats, but I think they had more than 30. We just didn’t do what we were needed to do rebounding tonight. That gave them quite a few extra shots or opportunities to force a foul off an offensive rebound.’
Lanesville opened the game on fire. Three-pointers from Bryant Conder and Andy Glomb ignited a 10-3 start to the game. But, as was the theme for both teams on the night, long runs made the difference. Henryville countered with an 11-0 run to take a 14-10 lead. Hammond silenced the Hornets with a 3-pointer, helping the Eagles stay close at 16-13 to end the first quarter.
At the beginning of the second quarter, the Hornets began to pull away, eventually building a 25-18 lead midway through the period. Lanesville didn’t go away; the Eagles plugged their way back to tie the game at the break. Hammond, who finished with 24 points, hit a field goal for a 31-all score at halftime.
The opening of the second half was all Hornets for the first six minutes. Henryville outscored the Eagles 18-5 during that span. Four treys keyed the run, including two from No. 44. Down 49-36, Hammond hit a trey to begin another Lanesville rally. Chris Gayhart made a field goal, and Conder hit three free throws to cut Henryville’s lead to 51-44 to end the third quarter.
‘We’ve got to get over that,’ Miller said of the dry spells. ‘It has been that way, really, every game. The second quarter has typically been a struggle, but tonight it was the third.’
Lanesville’s big momentum swing continued into the final quarter as the Eagles attacked the basket and effectively set up its press. Conder converted a 3-point play to tie the game at 51 with 6:36 to play. Lanesville eventually took a 54-51 lead with a Hammond pump fake and field goal. The points concluded a 13-0 run.
‘We really got it going when we went to the basket,’ Miller said. ‘The other thing we did was, when we made baskets, we were able to get into our press and finally bother them.’
Henryville then fought back to eventually force the overtime and take the win. The win gives Henryville the early edge in the battle for the SAC title.
Conder had 24 points for Lanesville. Henryville was led by Wolf and Weeks, each with 17 points.
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