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Eagles turn the tables, rally for first W

Eagles turn the tables, rally for first W
Eagles turn the tables, rally for first W
Caleb Caldwell looks for an open teammate Saturday night in a 58-52 victory against Paoli. Caldwell scored 21 points to lead all Eagles. Photo by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)

The Lanesville boys’ basketball team secured its first win of the season Saturday night, but it didn’t come easy for the host school.
After a steal and a last-second three pointer by Paoli’s Aaron Key at the end of the third quarter, the Eagles found themselves in an unfamiliar situation: behind going into the final period.
In both of Lanesville’s first two games, against Corydon Central and at Borden, the Eagles led by five heading into the fourth quarter. Coach Mikel Miller joked that it was the key to the game, to be down after three quarters.
The last-second heroics ended a 6-0 run for Paoli (0-2), after it appeared Lanesville might break away from the closely contested early-season match-up. Before the run, Lanesville had built a 36-29 lead after a deuce by Justin Miller and then a steal from the big man that ended up leading to a wide-open three-point look from Caleb Caldwell. But, as they had all night, the Rams fought back to take the lead at the end of the quarter.
Lanesville finally took the lead for good when Caldwell hit back-to-back buckets, one of which was a three-point shot for a 45-42 advantage. Clay Burnette and Paoli kept it close the entire way, but Lanesville’s free-throw shooting down the stretch carried the team to a 58-52 victory.
The first half went back and forth as neither team could muster much of a lead.
‘We showed more fight in the second half,’ Miller said. ‘The kids played hard and were more aggressive on both ends of the floor.’
He said his squad did a better job of not fouling. The team connected on 17 of 23 free throws, which proved to be a deciding factor.
‘We were staring at 0-3,’ he said. ‘That’s pretty good motivation.’
Caldwell led the Eagles with 21 points, including four three-point field goals. Key poured in 24 for Paoli.
The junior varsity game went to Paoli, 52-48.
Lanesville will face Medora Saturday night for homecoming. Miller said the team will practice all week to make improvements.
In the opening game of the season, against county-rival Corydon Central, Miller said his team just didn’t come up with the necessary defensive stops in the fourth quarter to win. And the Panthers also significantly out-rebounded the Eagles, he said.
‘It was a fast-paced, up-and-down game,’ Miller said.
He said Panther senior guard Seth Rennirt was a tough match-up for them.
‘They are a veteran team at key spots,’ Miller said.
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