Lanesville uses depth, ball movement to romp Cannelton
Holiday carols sung from the Lanesville students section provided the backdrop Thursday for a homecoming romp for the Eagles over Cannelton, 74-43.
On the floor, Lanesville saw 10 players reach the scorebook, while, as a team, the Eagles made strides on defense. They held Cannelton to three second-quarter points on the way to a decisive 36-14 halftime lead.
‘We’ve been after it the last couple days because, defensively, we haven’t been sound enough,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘Coaches suggested we try zone, so we tried it tonight and it seemed to help a little bit.’
The zone allowed Cannelton 3-pointers from Brandon Cook and Robert Kellems. Outside of the treys, the Bulldogs were quieted on offense. Lanesville also didn’t allow many second-chance opportunities, as the Eagles outrebounded their opponent, 51-28.
‘The biggest thing we struggled with lately is cutting off penetration,’ Miller said. ‘There weren’t many we gave up tonight.’
Offensively, there was little Lanesville did wrong. The Eagles set a season low in turnovers with seven while getting contributions off the bench. Jason Harmon and Brandon Blackerby saw time in the paint and made the most of it. Harmon finished with a double-double, scoring 11 and pulling down 11 rebounds.
‘Jason and Brandon did a really nice job,’ Miller said. ‘Jason has a nose for the ball. And Daniel Cox got his first start and did a very nice job. He’s a kid who busts his butt all the time. He earned the spot and did well with it.’
Cox finished with 11 points.
Harmon led the charge in the second quarter, scoring six points including two field goals in the paint. Also part of the dominant 16-3 second quarter was Jack Ferree who put in five points, including off an and-one situation.
The fluid of Lanesville’s offense was steadied by quick ball movement.
‘We put in a new set yesterday and spent time on it to break a zone,’ Miller said. ‘We had more movement against the zone tonight. Austin and Henryville went to zones when they made their runs, and we didn’t respond well. I thought we did a better job moving the ball tonight.’
Miller also was encouraged by patience on offense.
Caleb Caldwell led the Eagles’ offense with 12 points, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers.
The second half continued to be all Eagles. Ferree, who finished with eight points, closed the third quarter with a buzzer-beating triple.
Several different players saw the floor for Lanesville and contributed to the win.
‘We got some play out of some people we hadn’t used, and we needed to use some of our bench,’ Miller said. ‘We need to find out who on our bench can contribute. That will start to put pressure on some of these other guys because, when we made our best run, most of the starters were on the bench. Sometimes sitting on the bench can be motivating.’
Miller was pleased with the play of senior Austin Dauphinee. He had six second-half points.
‘(He) hasn’t gotten in the last few games, but we’re glad to get him in,’ Miller said. ‘I told him afterwards he’s the best kid I’ve had in that situation in my 12 years. He comes here every day and works as hard as he can to make himself better. In turn, he makes those other guys better. You could see, when he was scoring, the bench was really cheering and happy for him. They know how hard he works, and he took advantage of his opportunity.’
Cook closed as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer with 22 points.
Kevin Zollman finished with eight points for Lanesville, while Alex Ansman had six. Lanesville’s next contest will be Friday, Jan. 6, when the Eagles travel to South Central for a Southern Athletic Conference battle at 7:30 p.m.