Lanesville rallies, drops CAI
A largely back-and-forth game turned to a nine-point lead for Christian Academy of Indiana Thursday night in New Albany.
Despite an off-night shooting and playing without a starter (another was knocked out in the third quarter with an injury), Lanesville found a way to soar back.
Neither team was sterling at the foul line, but the shooting woes didn’t deter the Lady Eagles from pulling ahead with 1:19 to play. A 3-point play by Annie Parsons provided the go-ahead goal, leading to a 48-43 rally by Lanesville.
‘We missed way too many easy buckets underneath, and we missed too many free throws,’ Lanesville coach Kevin Smith said. ‘It’s a game we should have put away in the third quarter, but I’ll take the win. The girls got the win and are excited.’
Missing the front-end of every one-and-one opportunity in the fourth quarter didn’t help Lanesville much. With two minutes to go in the game, Cortney Baird hit one of two freebies for CAI to put her team up 41-38.
Lanesville hadn’t seen the lead on the scoreboard since the second quarter, but the Lady Eagles seemed destined to fight back. Parsons, who finished with 12 points for Lanesville, scored 11 of them in the final 2:52.
Scoring in the paint while drawing contact, Parsons’ made free throw drew loud applause from the visiting Lanesville fans, seeing their team up 43-41.
On the opposite end of the floor, CAI struggled to hang on to the ball. The woes didn’t aid Lanesville due to poor free-throw shooting, as the Lady Eagles made one of six during a 30-second stretch inside the final minute.
When Michaela Behr missed two freebies with 20 second left, Parsons sneaked in for an offensive board and put-back to loft Lanesville ahead 46-41.
CAI was able to come within three points, 46-43, but Parsons sank two from the charity stripe to seal the game with two seconds remaining.
‘Once Annie got on track a little bit ‘ we’ve been trying to get her to play that way for two games, like the way she did in the fourth quarter ‘ we got going,’ Smith said. ‘She can play that way. She has to be aggressive to do it.’
In the final quarter, CAI was pressured into nine turnovers. They had 24 for the game.
‘Defensively, we tried to make sure (Allison) Burch didn’t get a shot,’ Smith said. ‘For the most part, she was in foul trouble, but I thought we did a decent job on her.’
Burch would finish with eight points. CAI was led by Brittany Moffett’s nine.
Emily Davis didn’t make the trip to New Albany due to an illness. Later in the game, Taylor Brown took a blow to her mouth and missed the final quarter.
Behr came off the Lady Eagles’ bench in an energetic way to fill in and finished with a game-best 17 points. She made it a double-double with 10 rebounds.
‘We had different girls to throw in there,’ Smith said. ‘Michaela Behr really stepped up for us. She was really aggressive.’
Behr’s presence on the floor was felt in the opening quarter. She entered making a bucket then scrambled later in the quarter to corral her own missed free throw. With the board, she was fouled again, making both freebies.
CAI had an opportunity at the line to take the lead to end the first quarter, but Emily Mitchell missed three free throws after being fouled on a trey attempt.
At the line, Lanesville was 15 of 38 as a team while CAI was 16 of 30.
With all the trips to the line, both teams had to overcome foul trouble. At the half, CAI had six players with at least two while Lanesville had four.
Lanesville led by five in the second quarter, 20-15, thanks to a 6-0 run. Peyton Sonner scored after taking a slick pass from Mckenzie Randolph. Behr added a bucket, while Randolph also netted free throws.
The closing moments of the half flipped the momentum to CAI, which went on a 7-1 spurt backed by a Danielle Summitt triple.
The Lady Warriors saw their 22-21 halftime lead grow steadily in the third quarter, while Lanesville struggled to make good of chances in the paint. Summitt added her second trey, soon seeing CAI lead 34-25.
Hustle points brought Lanesville back within one possession. Carmen Jacobs and Behr had offensive rebounds turn into points. Elise Lawson had a steal for a break-away lay-in, trimming CAI’s lead to three, 34-31, to end the third.
‘Them getting the ball down inside killed us in the third quarter,’ Smith said. ‘We made some adjustments and a little helped here and there. We have to work on our inside defense … I knew if we didn’t make an adjustment inside, it could have gotten out of hand.’
The adjustments led to Lanesville having the opportunity for the comeback the Lady Eagles collectively put together.
‘The girls fought really hard,’ Smith said. ‘They really wanted this win. I told them through scouting that we could come up here and get this win. It would take working hard on the defensive end and rebounding the ball. We didn’t shoot well again, but we made enough.’
Hannah Walther was key for the Lady Eagles on the glass. She finished with 14 rebounds to go with her three points.
‘Rebounding is something we worked hard on after the North Harrison game, going into the Tell City game,’ Smith said. ‘We really stayed with Tell City in rebounding. I’m pleased with that.’
Lanesville picked up another win Saturday. Jacobs hit a pair of free throw late to help the Lady Eagles defeat West Washington 46-44 in Lanesville.
Coming up next for Lanesville will be a trip Monday to Leopold to face Perry Central.
Lanesville 11 10 10 17 ‘ 48
Christian Aca. of Ind. 11 11 12 9 ‘ 43
Lanesville (1-2) ‘ Behr 17, Parsons 12, Sonner 6, Jacobs 4, Lawson 4, Walther 3, Randolph 2.
Christian Academy of Indiana (1-2) ‘ Moffett 9, Burch 8, Summitt 8, Mitchell 7, Furnish 6, Baird 3, Kelly 2.
3-point goals ‘ Lanesville 1 (Walther); CAI 3 (Summitt 2, Mitchell).