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One rough quarter for Eagles

One rough quarter for Eagles
One rough quarter for Eagles
Attacking the baseline, Lanesville's Gabe Sronce looks to get by Christian Academy of Indiana's Kel'shawn Knight-Goff during the first half. Photo by Brian Smith

The speed and pace were to Lanesville’s liking during the first half Friday against visiting Class A No. 5 Christian Academy of Indiana.
To end the first half, Matthew Husband scored with 1:06 left on the clock, pulling the upset-minded Eagles within two points, 25-23.
Then CAI held the ball. For a full minute.
With the clock winding down, Lanesville’s Gabe Sronce came up with a steal. Pushing ahead in the final seconds, Joe Ferree attacked the rim, resulting in a CAI foul. His makes tied the game at 25-all at halftime, stirring the Eagles’ fans.
The third quarter, however, was all CAI, which outscored Lanesville 18-2, taking a commanding 43-27 lead. It was a deficit the Eagles wouldn’t bounce back from, eventually falling 59-38.
‘You can’t play a half or three quarters,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘We seemed to be pleased with what we did in the first half, which we should have been, but not satisfied. That was the energy of the second half; we were a little too satisfied. You combine the fact with missing shots, taking quick shots, them getting offensive rebounds, it kind of snowballed.’
Lanesville, giving up height to the Warriors in the post, struggled on the glass. The Eagles were out-rebounded 8-0 in the third quarter. When the Warriors missed a shot, they were typically there for put-backs. A Nic Reed conversion, along with a James Marn triple, put CAI up 32-25 within the first 90 seconds of the third.
Lanesville freshman Riley Cook broke the ice for Lanesville with a field goal. Unfortunately for the Eagles, CAI kept coming.
Reed scored five straight points, while guard Kel’shawn Knight-Goff added a pair of field goals.
It wasn’t until Cook found Elijah Wilkin underneath for a bucket that Lanesville’s offense gained some life. Ferree added a field goal to bring Lanesville within 11, 43-32, but it wasn’t enough.
While the pace of the first half seemed to lean toward the Eagles, the second was more up and down. Miller said that was what the Warriors preferred.
‘You try to take a little more air out of the ball, so to speak, so they have it less often,’ Miller said of trying to control the pace by slowing the tempo. ‘That was another problem in the second half; we missed shots, but we also took quick shots. In the first half, I don’t think we took as many quick shots, which led us to get a higher-percentage shot or get to the foul line to get free throws.’
In the opening half, Husband was stellar for the Eagles. He followed up Cook’s drive to the hoop for two with a jumper. Husband helped lead a 6-0 run to put his team up 8-5. On a sly move, Husband split defenders, dropping the ball off to Sronce for a deuce.
CAI’s Reed proved to be tough for Lanesville to handle. He finished with 19 points, with eight of those in the opening eight minutes. A steal and conversion put the Warriors up 12-8.
Midway through the first quarter, Husband picked up his second foul. He, along with Ferree, had to play parts of the opening half with two fouls each.
Lanesville fell behind 23-17 at the midway point of the second quarter but found ways to rally back. Husband took an inside-out pass from Wilkin to sink a 3-pointer. The junior added a floater in the lane before Ferree’s freebies knotted the score at 25.
‘We were tied at halftime,’ Miller said. ‘For three quarters, we did what we were supposed to do. But, in one quarter, we didn’t play very well.’
Ferree closed with 11 points and five rebounds, while Husband scored all 10 of his points in the first half. Cook contributed five points.
The second half, however, was a struggle for the Eagles. They were outscored 34-13.
‘(CAI) did a really good job in the third quarter of pushing the ball up the floor in transition,’ Miller said. ‘We just didn’t get back and respond real well. The first half, we did; the second half, we didn’t do as well as we wanted.’
Miller said his team has work to do but praised CAI as a ‘very good team.’
Reed finished with 19 points for the Warriors. Post player 6-foot-7 Shelby Rose had 16 points, including a pair of fourth-quarter run-out dunks. Knight-Goff had 10 points and eight boards.
Lanesville will hit the road Friday to take on county-rival North Harrison at 7:30 p.m. A return to the home hardwood will take place Saturday when the Eagles host Clarksville. Saturday’s contest will feature homecoming festivities.

Christian Academy of Ind.15 10 25 9 ‘ 59
Lanesville 13 12 9 4 ‘ 38
Christian Academy of Indiana (13-3) ‘ Reed 19, Rose 16, Knight-Goff 10, Marn 9, Eldridge 5.
Lanesville (5-7) ‘ Ferree 11, Husband 10, Cook 5, Beach 4, Wilkin 4, Bailey 2, Sronce 2.
3-point goals ‘ Christian Academy of Indiana 5 (Marn 3, Reed, Eldridge); Lanesville 2 (Ferree, Husband).

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