Lady Pack nip Lanesville in final seconds
In a nip-and-tuck game, Crawford County came away with a 39-38 victory over host Lanesville last Tuesday.
Crawford County jumped out to a seven-point lead in the second quarter, but, with three starters on the bench, Lanesville made a comeback. Emma Zeller and Erica Daly were out with foul troubles, and Mahailey Hall suffered an injury, but, off the bench, Emily Davis, Elise Lawson and Taylor Brown provided a spark.
‘They did a nice job defensively on them, and we came back to tie them going into the half,’ Lanesville coach Kevin Smith said.
Shooting woes doomed the Lady Eagles. They shot 11 of 41 (27 percent) from the field and struggled at the charity stripe, going 13 of 29 (45 percent).
Lanesville missed 10 free throws in the second half (7 of 17).
‘We stayed in the game with our defense and rebounding,’ Smith said. ‘The girls did a great job of finding the shooters and getting rebounds.
Annie Parsons led Lanesville on the boards with 14, including six on the offensive end. As a team, Lanesville pulled down 15 offensive rebounds but only turned two into baskets.
‘We just could not finish,’ Smith said. ‘Crawford was bigger and faster than us, but we limited their fast break with the rebounding and jamming their rebounder. I was really worried with their size and speed, but the girls did what we needed, for the most part, for us to compete.’
In the fourth quarter, Tylyn Allen hit a key 3-pointer for Crawford County in the final two minutes.
Lanesville made a layup in the final seconds to tie the game at 38, but a long pass from Crawford County forced the Lady Eagles to foul instead of giving up an easy basket. The Lady Pack netted the free throw to sneak away with the win.
‘It was a physical battle and one that, like our last game, if we hit our free throws and make some shots, we could have put ourselves in a better spot to win,’ Smith said.
Jessica DeWeese and Hannah Walther led Lanesville in scoring with eight points each. Zeller chipped in seven.
Lanesville will return home tomorrow (Thursday) to host Southern Athletic Conference rival Henryville (4-2) at 7:30.