Eagles capture Springs Valley tournament
Scoring 30 points in the second quarter lofted Lanesville to a big lead, eventually outlasting Milan in the championship game of the Springs Valley Tournament to take the title.
Winning three straight games at the tournament put the Eagles on a five-game winning streak, improving their record to 6-2 overall.
The Eagles played two games on Saturday, the second being for the title. After being knotted at 17 at the end of the first quarter, Lanesville outscored the school famous for its 1954 state championship, 30-13.
With the 17-point halftime lead, the Eagles were able to withstand runs by Milan to hoist the trophy.
‘We got up by 17 at the half and we told the kids that they were capable of making runs,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘They started with a 7-0 run in the third quarter, then it was back and forth from there. Milan had some guards hit some contested shots.’
Four Eagles scored in double figures, led by Joe Ferree’s 18 points. He made good on 3 of 7 3-pointers and also contributed two assists.
Jason Harmon was second in scoring for Lanesville with 14 points. He was a board away from a double-double, pulling down nine rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. Also scoring in double figures were Micah Lane (12) and Ryan Fulkerson (10). Jack Ferree pitched in eight points, while Matthew Husband had six points.
Dishing out seven assists, Fulkerson was effective distributing the ball while also swiping four steals.
The format for the six-team event was two pools of three teams. Within each pool, two games were played by each team.
On Friday, the Eagles opened with Northeast Dubois, a team that took Class A No. 8 Orleans to three overtimes earlier in the year before losing.
Once again, four Eagles scored in double figures, led by Fulkerson’s 15 to defeat the Jeeps 69-51. Lane (11), Harmon (10) and Joe Ferree (10) were among the other top scorers. Jack Ferree had nine points and five rebounds for the Eagles.
‘We played pretty sound defensively,’ Miller said. ‘I think as the game progressed, we were able to wear them out by the fourth quarter.’
As a team, the Eagles shot 48 percent from the field despite a sluggish 2 of 17 from beyond the arc.
Game two for the Eagles took place early Saturday with a 52-47 win over West Washington.
‘Offensively, it took us a while to get going,’ Miller said. ‘We had a couple good runs late and when we got the lead, we spread the floor to get lay-ups or free throws.’
Joe Ferree poured in 21 points, making 10 of 14 free throws. He also sank three triples.
Other top scorers for Lanesville were Fulkerson (nine), Lane (seven) and Harmon (six).
On the boards, Jack Ferree and Harmon had five rebound each.
Overall, Miller was pleased with the play of the Eagles. They took the tournament as if it were a sectional, preparing to play three games in a short turnaround.
‘We had solid play from all the kids,’ he said. ‘Mentally, I think we gained more than anything else.’
The tournament also saw the return of Jack Ferree.
‘We got to see Jack in there for a few games,’ Miller said. ‘He did some nice things and he will help us as we go toward the second half of the season.’
Springs Valley took third place at the event, defeating Northeast Dubois 55-45.
Seeking to keep the momentum going, the Eagles will host defending Class A state champion Borden on Friday at 7:30 p.m. They will host Austin the next night.
Lanesville and Borden are the only teams without a loss in Southern Athletic Conference play, with the Eagles holding one win to the Braves’ two.
Of scheduling note, the road game against Medora, which was postponed due to inclement weather earlier in the year, will be made up Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.