Second half ‘D’ lifts Lanesville
The Lanesville girls’ basketball team nearly doubled its point total in the third quarter Thursday night leading to a decisive 59-41 victory over visiting Clarksville.
Exiting the locker room at halftime, the Lady Eagles busted out with 21 third-quarter points. Kayla Smith opened the scoring with two points to give Lanesville a 24-18 lead. Once making the basket, the Lady Eagles set up their press defense, causing fits for the Lady Generals.
For the quarter, Clarksville turned the ball over seven times. The early stages of the frame featured an 8-0 Lanesville run, which put them up 32-20. Brooklynn Keinsley, who led all scorers with 24 points, tallied all eight points during the spurt.
‘We picked it up,’ Lanesville coach Madeline Richards said. ‘I told them at halftime that this was a game we had to go get as a team. We have been so close the last couple. They stepped up their game, and we decided to pick up with the defense full court and Clarksville didn’t like it.’
Emma Bays stretched the lead to 34-21 when she converted a lay-in after Smith picked off a pass. Once up double digits, the Lady Eagles didn’t allow a Clarksville rally.
‘Midway through the third quarter, I told the girls we needed to step on the gas and put the nail in the coffin,’ Richards said. ‘We talk a lot about valuing possessions, and, while we still need to work on it, we did it better in the second half.’
Drue Stewart, Smith and Keinsley added points after Bays’ make to loft the Lady Eagles ahead 43-28 after the third quarter.
Adding to the lead in the final quarter, Lanesville went 8 of 11 at the foul line to ensure the victory. Smith, who had 14 points, went 8 of 9 at the charity stripe.
Richards said she lauded the play of her guards: Bays, Smith and Keinsley.
‘I’m proud of Kayla lately because she’s developed an understanding of controlling the tempo and the flow of the game,’ she said. ‘All three starting guards played really well. Emma was strong with the ball and, overall, the girls dictated play well in the second half.’
Lanesville jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter when Keinsley knocked down two treys and Emma Zeller added another.
‘Brooklynn has been playing very nice,’ Richards said. ‘When she goes to the basket and shows she can attack instead of being complacent, she can be very dangerous.’
With the long balls, the Lady Eagles raced out to an 11-1 lead. Clarksville closed the first quarter on a 9-2 run to tighten the game. Kierstin Hall paced the Lady Generals much of the night, tallying six of her 23 points in the opening quarter.
Lanesville came out ahead in a low-scoring second quarter to lead 22-17 at the break before closing out the win.
‘I’m glad we got this win,’ Richards said. ‘I’m proud of their hard work paying off tonight.’
Bays reached double figures with 10 points, while Stewart added four to hand the Lady Generals their 10th consecutive loss.
Clarksville’s Gabby Evans had nine points.
The Lady Eagles have three games remaining: tomorrow (Thursday) at New Washington (7:30 p.m.), hosting Providence on Tuesday (7:30) and at Rock Creek Academy on Wednesday, Feb. 1 (7:30).