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Lanesville wins at Austin; 10 score

Lanesville wins at Austin; 10 score
Lanesville wins at Austin; 10 score
LanesvilleÂ’s Matthew Husband toes the free-throw line to shoot one of two technical fouls in the final minute at Austin last Tuesday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Wins on the road, sometimes, are hard to pull off.
In a tight finish last Tuesday, Lanesville never trailed ‘ although it got close ‘ in the second half to upend host Austin, 65-61.
‘We had the overtime loss with Paoli, Corydon we were there until the final few minutes, Borden was a couple possessions; it was nice to have a close one and pull it out,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘Road victories are hard to come by, regardless of records.’
Austin pulled within one point, 60-59, when Chris Mayfield rainbowed a 3-pointer from the left wing through the hoop with 1:15 to play.
On Lanesville’s next possession, drama unfolded underneath the basket. Players tangled with one another, falling to the floor in pursuit of a loose rebound.
After Mayfield was assessed with his fifth foul of the game during the play, players were gradually pulled apart. Austin’s Jeremiah White, however, was assessed a technical.
Lanesville was able to convert one of the three free-throw attempts (player foul was a one-and-one bonus).
Strength on the boards and within the flow of the game were improvements Miller saw down the stretch. Austin was unable to make another field goal inside the final minute, while Lanesville’s Matthew Husband was clutch at the charity stripe. He made all four freebie attempts to extend Lanesville’s lead, securing a win.
‘I thought for a few minutes we didn’t respond well to the physical play,’ Miller said. ‘Once we did that, I thought we finished well. The last couple of minutes, up to the end, we got in there and rebounded well.’
It is the third win in a row for Lanesville, which moved to 4-3.
Husband paced the winners with 13 points. Ten different Lanesville players reached the scoring column. Kevin Zollman had 12 points, while Justin Miller pitched in 10.
‘I thought he was a little hesitant tonight on attacking the basket, I don’t know why,’ Miller said of Husband. ‘We talked about hitting gaps and exploding through, which is what he’s been doing. He was a little passive tonight. His free throws were pretty big at the end.’
Out of the gate, Lanesville effectively used quick outlet passes and a fast-moving transition game to take an early lead.
Miller put in a pair of buckets while Zollman and a Jack Ferree field goal pushed Lanesville to an 8-0 lead. Husband took a steal coast-to-coast later in the quarter to extend the lead to 16-6.
Following an Austin time-out, the host fought its way back. A Hunter Spence triple, along with free throws from Josh Vires, trimmed the Lanesville lead to 20-15 after eight minutes.
‘The first five minutes were great,’ coach Miller said. ‘After that, we did a poor job of playing weakside defense and they threw it over the top a couple of times. Second half, I don’t think they got many reversals, but then we started to get beat up top, driving all the way in.’
Back-to-back Vires 3-pointers completely erased Lanesville’s lead to give Austin a 21-20 lead. That moment was the only time the black-and-white Eagles would lead the purple-and-white Eagles.
Ferree helped Lanesville regain the lead with a 3-pointer. The junior is easing his way back into the lineup after an offseason injury.
‘I told Jack that he took good shots but to make an adjustment when he leaves his feet and to look out for people to slide under,’ Miller said of Ferree, who was called for a few charges on the night. ‘He’ll make the adjustment. He’s had a better couple weeks of practice, and you can see he is picking it up.’
Lanesville extended the lead to 37-31 at the half when Brandon Blackerby converted a 3-point play.
Zollman helped extend the lead to 10 in the third quarter with a nifty bounce pass on a fast break, giving Miller an easy two. Three-pointers from Cody Lesnet and Mayfield helped Austin return to striking distance.
In the end, the strikes weren’t enough to catch Lanesville.
‘The kids played hard and were scrappy all night,’ Miller said. ‘Justin got in foul trouble and knocked him out of his rhythm. We really thought we could take advantage of his play inside against them. Credit to them, they collapsed on him, but he got key points and played solid defense.’
Austin was balanced as well in scoring, with 11 getting into the act, led by Vires’ 11.
‘Their best kid, according to our scouting, was the White kid and we held him to nine points, under his average,’ Miller said. ‘We gave up a couple 3s we shouldn’t have to (Vires) because we knew going in he really likes shooting 3s.’
‘We’re showing improvement from game to game; it’s just not as big of steps of improvement that I’d like to make. But we won’t give wins back on the road,’ the coach said.
Lanesville will return to action in the Springs Valley Holiday Tournament this weekend.