Hall’s big night lifts Orleans by Eagles
Orleans’ Cale Hall shook loose for 33 points, leading the Bulldogs to a 66-50 victory at Lanesville Saturday night.
As a team, the Eagles had a tough outing from the floor, shooting 36 percent, while Orleans was able to blister the nets at a 54-percent clip.
‘I felt like we never really got into a flow on offense,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘We were getting shots but weren’t hitting them. We shot 36 percent, and you are not going to beat good teams shooting that percentage.’
In the first three quarters, Orleans would open wide leads only to see Lanesville show some fight and rally back. It wasn’t until the Bulldogs outscored Lanesville, 25-16, in the final quarter to put the game out of reach.
Steven Phillips scored on a put-back for the Class A No. 9-ranked Bulldogs to give his team a 14-7 lead.
Lanesville’s response was a field goal by Jack Ferree and a pair of free throws from younger brother Joe Ferree to trim the lead to two.
Hall seemed to have the stopping power to each Lanesville run. To end the first quarter, he nailed a triple off a few dribbles.
Extending Orleans’ lead to 26-15 behind points by Burton Gerkin and Hall, the Bulldogs saw another response by the Eagles.
Going on an 11-0 run in a three-minute time frame, Lanesville was able to knot the game at 26. Tate Stilger kicked off the spurt with a triple, followed by consecutive baskets by Jack Ferree. Getting into the act as well was Joe Ferree with a triple, followed by a single field goal.
The answer for Orleans was in the shooting stroke of Hall. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers to eventually give the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference team a 32-28 lead at half.
‘We talked about keeping pressure on him,’ Miller said of trying to contain Hall. ‘We went for the steal several times and, when you do that, you leave him wide open for a catch and shot or catch and drive. We didn’t get enough rotation at times.’
Hall would finish with 33 points on 8 of 16 shooting. He was 13 of 15 at the charity stripe, with many coming in the second half. The junior also had eight rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists.
Lanesville’s shooting woe appeared in the third quarter when the Eagles were only able to put in a pair of field goals, one each by Micah Lane and Joe Ferree.
‘One possession in the third quarter, we hit the back of the rim, get the offensive rebound and we hit the back of the rim again. We scramble for a loose ball then hit the front of the rim,’ Miller said. ‘It becomes more mental.’
Despite the shots not falling, the Eagles trailed 41-34 after three quarters.
Lanesville was able to cut the Orleans lead to 43-37 when Jack Ferree converted an old-fashioned 3-point play. From there, it was all Orleans extending its lead.
From the field, Lanesville was 17 of 47, but the team managed to shoot well from the charity stripe, going 12 of 17.
Jack Ferree paced the Eagles with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals. Joe Ferree put 12 points in the score book, hitting three triples.
The Eagles were without the services of Matthew Husband, the team’s third-leading scorer, who sat out with an illness.
‘It’s not only his scoring, but his defense,’ Miller said of missing Husband. ‘He was one of the guys we were going to use on Hall. He’s a little bit longer and could have made a difference. Matt rebounds well for us, too.’
Miller said the game against Orleans was another test of mental toughness.
‘When things are going well, we are fine,’ he said. ‘When you face adversity, it’s how do you handle it? We didn’t handle it well tonight.’
The effort from the players is there.
‘Our kids are working harder and do the things we are asked, but we have to do it better,’ Miller said. ‘It’s simple to say, but we have to find a way to do it.’
The game was part of Lanesville’s ‘Pink Out’ cancer awareness program. Over $1,000 was raised at the ball game with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society for research. The girls’ basketball team will also host a ‘Pink Out’ Saturday when they host Orleans (JV game at 11 a.m., varsity to follow).
Lanesville will host homecoming festivities Friday when the Eagles host North Harrison at 7:30 p.m.
Orleans 17 15 9 25 ‘ 66
Lanesville 12 16 6 16 ‘ 50
Orleans (9-3) ‘ Ca. Hall 33, Tritle 10, Gerkin 8, Ray 8, Ch. Hall 5, Wheeler 2.
Lanesville (8-5) ‘ Ja. Ferree 16, Jo. Ferree 12, Frazier 7, Harmon 5, Lane 4, T. Stilger 3, Fulkerson 3.
3-point goals ‘ Orleans 4 (Ca. Hall 4); Lanesville 4 (Jo. Ferree 3, T. Stilger).