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Miller inside, 3s outside lift Lanesville over Fall Creek

Miller inside, 3s outside lift Lanesville over Fall Creek
Miller inside, 3s outside lift Lanesville over Fall Creek
LanesvilleÂ’s Justin Miller completes an up-and-under move against Fall Creek AcademyÂ’s Lloyd Milton during a second-half run. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Justin Miller did the dirty work inside while his Eagle teammates knocked down eight 3-pointers from the outside to down visiting Fall Creek Academy from Indianapolis last Wednesday.
Miller paced Lanesville with 20 points and eight rebounds, leading to the 76-63 win over the Engineers on homecoming night.
It was the first game in more than 10 days for the Eagles, who showed they were itching to get back on the court.
‘We had really our best practices leading up to the Henryville game, but it was postponed for weather,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘The kids were ready for that game. So, we had to tone it down a bit, then pick back up when we got closer to this game. Tonight, they battled all night long.’
Lanesville had to dig out of a slight hole in the first quarter when Fall Creek took a 17-10 lead, with most buckets coming from Michael Schumpert.
Closing the opening quarter strong, Kevin Zollman hit a free throw that was followed by Jack Ferree nailing a 3-pointer. Within three, the Eagles beat the buzzer to tie the game when Alec Turner kicked the ball out to an open Zollman, who buried a trey to make it 17 all.
Leading the second quarter with a Joe Kissel field goal, Lanesville took the lead and never surrendered it again. Kissel and Turner got in on the 3-pointer party in the quarter as well.
Through the first half, Lanesville was able to dictate the pace of the game, pushing forward with quick outlet passes while showing patience in the half-court set.
Defensively, the Eagles showed a zone look throughout, limiting Fall Creek’s bigs ‘ Lloyd Milton and Larell Jones ‘ inside open looks. Fall Creek did get strong play from JeVon Payton, who led the team with 17 points, nailing four treys.
‘Zone was the perfect defense to defend those two big guys,’ Miller said. ‘They still were able to get some buckets, but we limited second-chance opportunities, especially in the second half. (Fall Creek) is a solid team, the most athletic team we’ve faced since Corydon.’
Lanesville took a 36-32 lead into halftime, then, in the second half, Miller started to dominate inside. He opened the half with back-to-back field goals in the paint. A handful of possessions later, Miller saved a rebound when, falling out of bounds, he found Gregory Lieber open. Lieber then sent a quick pass to Zollman to knock down a long jumper.
‘Rebounding was key,’ Mikel Miller said. ‘Rebounding in the first half was pretty even, but I thought in the second half, for every one rebound (Fall Creek) had, we had two or three. Our guys did a tremendous job blocking out and hustling.’
Ferree and Turner added 3-pointers in the quarter to press the Eagles ahead by nine going into the final frame.
Lanesville was able to hit 24 of 35 free throws for the game, and closed out the final quarter without worries of an Engineer rally.
‘We gave up 63 points, but still it was a solid effort against a group that athletic,’ Miller said.
Justin Miller hit all six of his free-throw attempts, finishing with 20 points.
‘Justin had a solid night all around,’ Mikel Miller said. ‘He did a wonderful job on the boards.’
The coach gave a ton of praise to players from the bench.
‘Our bench kept the level of play up to who they were replacing among the starters,’ Mikel Miller said. ‘Our freshman, Jack Ferree, had 10 points and a real good game. Austin Brown had five or six rebounds and played solid defense. Kevin Zollman was able to score some and also get key rebounds late. Alec Turner is a player I could easily start, but he does such a good job off the bench to give us a kick of energy.’
Chris Gayhart finished with 14 points for the Eagles, while Turner added eight and Zollman seven.
This week, Lanesville is participating in the Cannelton Invitational, which is scheduled to wrap up tonight (Wednesday). The next game for the Eagles will be a home Southern Athletic Conference contest against rival South Central on Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
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