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Lanesville jumps ahead early, romps Rock Creek

Lanesville jumps ahead early, romps Rock Creek
Lanesville jumps ahead early, romps Rock Creek
Lanesville's Annie Parsons pulls up for a shot Thursday against Rock Creek Academy, putting in two of her 16 points. Photo by Brian Smith

The Lanesville girls’ basketball players granted coach Kevin Smith some of his wishes.
Before the game, he wanted his team to start fast. They won the first quarter, 25-8.
At half, on the defensive end he wanted to allow fewer 3-pointers (they gave up five in the first half). They gave up two the rest of the way while holding Rock Creek Academy to a measly six points.
The end result was a resounding 59-28 victory Thursday over Rock Creek for the Lady Eagles on their home court. They were led in scoring by Annie Parsons and Carmen Jacobs; both tallied 16 points each. Junior Hannah Walther chipped in 13.
‘We shot the ball better and wanted to get off to a quick start,’ Smith said. ‘We wanted to take them out of the game early if we could.’
Parsons and Jacobs went to work on setting up a big, early lead for Lanesville.
Parson drove to the basket several times, once with a pump fake at the arc, leading to high-percentage shots. The senior accounted for nine of Lanesville’s first 18 points.
While Parsons was steady in the half court, Jacobs contributed hustle points. She took a rebound coast to coast for a field goal then swiped a pair of steals leading to points. For good measure, the sophomore guard pulled down a board and put it back up and in.
Walther ended a 20-4 start by Lanesville with a 2-pointer.
Rock Creek scored four of the game’s next six points, but Lanesville junior Emily Davis put down a trifecta, giving her team a 25-8 edge after eight minutes.
‘For the most part, Annie did a good job,’ said Smith, who added Parsons was coming off a rough outing against Crothersville. ‘Tonight, she made aggressive moves and went to the basket. She hit shots. We’re working on Hannah getting to the lane and not settling for threes. She can do some damage inside.’
Keeping the momentum going, Lanesville used a trey by Parsons to go on a 7-3 run to lead 32-11. Off the bench, Elise Lawson had three steals in the second quarter, ending with five for the game.
To end the half, Rock Creek went on a 3-point rampage. Freshman Katie Thompson swished three long balls during the quarter, while Thalia Tolentino had another. Ending on an 11-4 run, Rock Creek narrowed Lanesville’s lead to 36-22 by half.
Neither team did much scoring in the third quarter. Rock Creek was held scoreless while Lanesville managed six points to lead by 20. The Lady Eagles had Peyton Sonner, Lawson and Jacobs score.
‘At halftime, I told the girls we couldn’t let them score from the 3-point line like they were,’ Smith said. ‘That was good to see. We gave up two in the fourth, which was fewer than I challenged them to give up.’
Rock Creek scored just six points in the half, all in the final quarter. Three came from another Thompson triple. She’d finish with a game-best 19 points.
Lanesville pulled away late, with six different players scoring in the fourth.
Out of the guard spot, Jacobs finished with a team-best seven rebounds to go with 16 points and four steals. She had eight field goals.
‘Carmen has an Achilles problem that flares up every now and then,’ Smith said. ‘She didn’t practice yesterday. She was pretty active on the defensive end to get easy scores. When she is aggressive, she’s a good ball player.’
The win by the Lady Eagles ended a five-game losing skid.
Smith said there are areas to improve in the final few weeks of the regular season.
‘The downside is we went into what we’ve done all year: we can’t string quarters together,’ Smith said. ‘We threw two bad quarters in the middle after a good first and an OK fourth.’
In recent games, Lanesville has given up its fair share of 3-point baskets. It’s another area the team seeks to improve on the defensive end.
‘We tend to make All-Stars out of people from the 3-point line,’ Smith said. ‘We have to shore that up. We want to recognize things better and put forth a better effort closing out.’
Four of Lanesville’s final five regular season games will be on the road. The Lady Eagles played at Orleans last night (Tuesday) then will head to Clarksville tomorrow. The home finale will be Jan. 29 versus Southern Athletic Conference-foe New Washington.
Winning against Rock Creek, hopefully, will start a streak of marks in the ‘W’ column for Lanesville.
‘We’re coming up on some games we can get,’ Smith said. ‘I was disappointed with the Crothersville loss because I thought we should have gotten that one … We have Orleans coming up, which is always a good game. Hopefully, we can get on a roll going into sectional. We want to put together a good, four-quarters game.’

Rock Creek Aca. 8 14 0 6 ‘ 28
Lanesville 25 11 6 17 ‘ 59
Rock Creek Academy (4-14) ‘ Thompson 19, Nzombi 3, McCoy 3, Tolentino 3.
Lanesville (5-12) ‘ Jacobs 16, Parsons 16, Walther 13, Davis 6, Sonner 4, Behr 2, Lawson 2.
3-point goals ‘ Rock Creek Academy 7 (Thompson 5, McCoy, Tolentino); Lanesville 3 (Davis 2, Parsons).