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Lady Eagles score win over Clarksville

Backed by a sharp shooting performance from beyond the arc by Hannah Walther, Lanesville picked up a 44-29 road victory Thursday night at Clarksville.
Snagging the win was a bounce-back effort after the Lady Eagles dropped a road contest, 49-24, two nights earlier at Orleans.
At Clarksville, Walther nearly outscored the Lady Generals, pouring in 25 points. The junior was six of nine shooting from 3-point land.
Lanesville had a slim 8-7 lead after one quarter but outscored Clarksville 17-7 to take command. The Lady Eagles would hold the edge the rest of the way.
‘We started moving the ball and looking for the good 3-shot, and we hit them,’ Lanesville coach Kevin Smith said. ‘Hannah Walther hit four threes, and Emily Davis hit one along with one in the first. You could see the confidence in their game from both of the juniors. They both shot the ball like they knew it was going in.’
Davis finished the game with nine points.
As a team, the Lady Eagles shot 40 percent from the field, much better than the 29 percent per game they’ve averaged.
‘We didn’t play a full game on offense but, on the defensive end, we executed the game plan most of the game,’ Smith said. ‘It seems we let Clarksville the past two years dictate what kind of game we would play. Not tonight. We played the game at our tempo, especially on the defensive end. We limited their leading scorer, (Bailey) Sharp, to no points in the second half and made sure she did not get off many open three attempts.’
Clarksville was held to single digits in all four quarters.
‘We played team ball and made sure we kept up the game plan on the defensive end the last two quarters,’ Smith said. ‘It was nice to see both juniors have break-out games together.’
Against Orleans, Lanesville struggled on the offensive end, shooting 26 percent.
‘It wasn’t for the lack of hustle, but, for some reason, everyone had bad game shooting and mentally on the defensive end,’ Smith said.
Lanesville trailed 24-12 at the half and never was able to make a push in the latter 16 minutes.
‘We just did not fire in any quarter tonight this game,’ Smith said. ‘When we were down 24-12 at half, I was not too concerned because I thought we could make some adjustments on offense and defense and be right there, but we never did get an offensive spurt.’
Smith said the team got quality shots but they didn’t fall.
‘We missed many shots from point-blank range and was 5-19 overall from the paint area,’ he said. ‘We got the shots we wanted but just flat-out missed them, especially some lay-ins.’
Lanesville, led by Carmen Jacobs and Annie Parsons with seven points each, was out-rebounded 50-16. Of the 22 offensive boards pulled down by Orleans, the team scored 17 points.
‘We just did not battle on that end for rebounds,’ Smith said.
Taylor Wheeler scored 15 points to lead Orleans in scoring.
Lanesville will play again tomorrow night (Thursday) when the Lady Eagles host New Washington for senior night at 7:30.

Lanesville 7 5 6 6 ‘ 24
Orleans 14 10 12 13 ‘ 49
Lanesville (5-13) ‘ Jacobs 7, Parsons 7, Davis 5, Lawson 2, Walther 3.
Orleans (8-8) ‘ Rutherford 3, Daugherty 2, Williams 5, Johnson 4, Wheeler 15, Ramsey 11, Busick 9.
3-point goals ‘ Lanesville 2 (Davis, Walther); Orleans 1 (Wheeler).

Lanesville 8 17 10 9 ‘ 44
Clarksville 7 7 8 7 ‘ 29
Lanesville (6-13) ‘ Jacobs 4, Parsons 4, Davis 9, Walther 25, Sonner 2.
Clarksville (4-15) ‘ Weber 8, Page 3, Grier 6, Early 1, Sharp 5, Giving 2, Baker 4.
3-point goals ‘ Lanesville 8 (Walther 6, Davis 2); Clarksville 2 (Weber, Page).

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