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Ferree game winner caps weekend

Ferree game winner caps weekend
Ferree game winner caps weekend
Celebration went into a frenzy Saturday night in Lanesville after a late shot by Clarksville failed to go through the hoop. Lanesville's Riley Cook is at the center of the floor while teammates Matthew Husband, left, and Joe Ferree cheer. Photo by Brian Smith

Joe Ferree admitted the final shot by the junior wasn’t the easiest place on the floor to put up a chance.
That chance happened to be a game-winning attempt with 10 second left against visiting Clarksville Saturday night after Ferree swiped a steal with the Eagles down one.
Ferree took the ball away, trapping with teammate Matt Husband, just below the free-throw line. Leaping toward the front of the basket, Ferree’s shot found the bottom of the net.
A last-second shot by Clarksville’s Nick Bryant was off the mark, leaving Lanesville with a celebration from one end of the court to the other, a 56-55 victory on homecoming night.
‘I was a little nervous on the shot because a lay-up from the front of the rim is tough to make,’ Ferree said. ‘You don’t want to throw it up too high. Everyone told me after the game they thought I was going to miss it.’
‘Something we talked about in practice was to work through a drill where we had to get a stop and a score,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘It applied tonight. To win the game, we had to get a stop and score then get another stop.’
Lanesville never quit in the game, especially in the final moments. Clarksville led 55-52 with 30 seconds left when Bryant hit a free throw. Ferree tried to tie the game with a right-wing 3-pointer, but the shot was off the mark. Jumping for a weak-side rebound, Riley Cook caught the rock cleanly and put it back in to bring Lanesville within one point, 55-54 with 16 ticks remaining.
‘Riley got right in there,’ Miller said. ‘Something we talked about at halftime was to get to the boards and not stand and watch. Riley went up and got the ball and put it up strong.’
Lanesville called a time-out to set up its defense off the make. The strategy paid off. Husband and Ferree cornered Cody Leonhardt, prompting Ferree to snag the ball and come up with the heroics.
‘It was our play to cover your man, deny and don’t let them touch the ball,’ Ferree said. ‘I was on (Bryant) ‘ he ran off a screen ‘ so Matt and I had to switch. Matt’s guy got the ball, and we got there at the same time and went for the steal. I got it luckily.’
The win capped a big weekend for the Eagles against non-conference competition. They went on the road the night before to defeat cross-county foe North Harrison by 27 points.
‘Since the first of the year, we’ve been playing better,’ Miller said. ‘The South Central game was close, and we pulled away in the fourth quarter. Last weekend, we played a really solid half against Christian Academy. Against Orleans, we played three great quarters and couldn’t finish it. Last night, against North Harrison, we had a really nice half, then I challenged them to finish it in the second. Then, to win on homecoming is nice.’
Lanesville built a quick lead against the Generals, outscoring them 13-4 in the beginning. Clarksville turned the ball over five times in the first five minutes, leading to momentum swaying toward the home team. Ferree and Husband attacked the rim to either score or get to the line. Once, Ferree dropped off a slick pass to Luke Beach for a field goal.
In the second quarter, Bryant caught fire for the Generals. He made three of the team’s four 3-pointers during the time to post 26 points as a team. They went on a 7-0 run to close the half and lead 34-31.
‘They had difficulty guarding on us,’ Miller said. ‘We got in foul trouble and had to go small. We tend to struggle some when we go small.’
The Eagles had to deal with foul issues to inside player Elijah Wilkin and newly-crowned homecoming king Gabe Sronce. On top of that, Beach left the game and arena with a likely broken wrist.
‘I feel bad for (Beach),’ Miller said. ‘It looked likely broken or dislocated. He played well last weekend and was really coming along.’
Lanesville regained the lead in the third quarter with a Sronce put-back, holding court, 39-37.
The game was tight the rest of the way, with Clarksville’s largest lead being four points.
Ferree finished with 23 points, going nine of 16 from the field. He also had three assists and two steals. Husband closed with 17 points, while Cook added eight.
Bryant paced the Generals with 15 points, followed by Guenther’s 11.
‘Two good wins this weekend,’ Miller said. ‘For the kids, they practiced hard this week and to apply it to the game is good for them to see what us as coaches are doing is working.’
Boarding the bus this weekend, Lanesville will head to Eastern (Pekin) Friday then Perry Central on Saturday.

Clarksville 8 26 7 14 ‘ 55
Lanesville 19 12 10 15 ‘ 56
Clarksville (1-14) ‘ Bryant 15, Guenther 11, Jones 10, Kissel 8, Leonhardt 6, Sowers 5.
Lanesville (7-8) ‘ Ferree 23, Husband 17, Cook 8, Sronce 4, Beach 2, Wilkin 2.
3-point goals ‘ Clarksville 7 (Bryant 4, Guenther 3); Lanesville 1 (Ferree).

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