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Gronotte’s 18 off bench aid Lady Eagles

Despite a slow start, the Lanesville girls’ basketball team picked up its fourth consecutive win Dec. 20 when it rallied back to defeat Cannelton, 61-49, on the road.
Cannelton led 19-9 at the end of the first quarter after nailing 5 of 7 3-point attempts.
‘We looked like we were sleepwalking,’ Lanesville coach Kevin Smith said. ‘I don’t know if it was because of finals week, the trip or not knowing how to deal with success. … We came out lethargic, and I cautioned them before we even came out to warm up.’
The second quarter brought better offensive results while the defense continued to struggle to catch up. Cannelton went into the half leading 32-29. In the second half, Lanesville dumped its zone defense and went man.
The host school managed to get to the foul line 30 times, making 18. The improved defense in the second half resulted in only two made field goals for Cannelton. Mikah Hemming led all scorers with 28 points for Cannelton, with 16 coming at the free-throw line.
Brooklynn Keinsley paced the Lady Eagles with 20 points and 10 steals.
‘She played another good all-around game which we need every time out,’ Smith said. ‘She did a great job of getting teammates involved in the offense.’
Coming through with a big game off the bench for Lanesville was Anna Gronotte, who scored 18 points. In the middle, she hit 8 of 12 shots, with eight key points coming in the final quarter.
Although Caryn Eisert didn’t get involved by scoring, she pulled down eight rebounds and dished four assists.
‘(Gronotte) was just a shot in the arm for us,’ Smith said. ‘Caryn Eisert took the job of guarding and putting pressure on Hemmings the second half. I thought she played a game where she didn’t score but she did all the dirty work that usually doesn’t show up in the score book.’
Guard Emma Bays had six assists, while Mahailey Hall contributed 10 points. She scored eight of her points in the second quarter.
Up next for the Lady Eagles will be a trip to rival South Central tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30.