33 drops 33 vs. Crothersville
There was no argument that Matthew Husband’s jersey was white, outlined in purple trim Thursday night.
On a night that the Internet exploded with arguments over a blue-and-black dress (or is it white and gold?) Husband’s colors shone through.
His number, 33, stood out even more, not only just below the purple inscribed ‘Lanesville’ across his chest, but also in the score book.
Husband, one of two seniors honored during the Eagles’ home finale against Crothersville, torched the twine to the tune of 33 points. He also had eight rebounds and five assists, helping Lanesville erase a tied score at halftime into a 74-56 rout of its Southern Athletic Conference foe.
‘We’ve been up and down all year,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘We’ve had some games we’ve played well enough to win but couldn’t find that way to win. Tonight, it was rough to start then things came together in the second half.’
Husband was at the forefront of a dominating second half by the Eagles. Rising above the Tigers, Lanesville outscored Crothersville 25-4 in the third quarter.
The 32-32 score at halftime didn’t last on the scoreboard once players hit the hardwood again.
Husband scored two straight baskets, the latter with a powerful spin move toward the bucket. A Riley Cook steal led to a Husband free throw, allowing the senior to score 13 of his 33 in the quarter.
Crothersville’s Conner Adams scored for his team, but the defensive pressure applied by Lanesville was too much to handle.
In the third, Joe Ferree swiped five steals while Husband had two and Cook had one. A 15-0 Lanesville run followed Adams’ score. Ferree became more involved scoring the ball, taking a Husband steal for a goal, then taking an inbound pass away from the Tigers for two.
Senior Gabe Sronce had a hustle play to save a loose ball, eventually finding Ferree for two points.
Putting a cap on the tremendous quarter of offense and defense, Ferree sank a long ball to put Lanesville up 57-36.
‘We talked about trying to score easy baskets in transition,’ Miller said. ‘We did that the beginning of the second half. They looked like they were getting tired and fatigued a little bit. We were effective in wearing them down.’
Lanesville didn’t quit building its lead in the final frame. A 14-4 run put a close on the SAC season. Big man Elijah Wilkin scored off an offensive board then on a dish from Husband.
Cook’s contributions kicked up as well, as he scored by taking a long rebound the distance then going to the line after corralling a rebound.
The night, however, belonged to the pair of seniors.
Husband’s big night, scoring his jersey number, was key for the Eagles.
‘It was nice to see him have a good game,’ Miller said. ‘He not only had 33 points, but he had five assists, eight rebounds, a couple steals and several deflections. He played real solid defense all around.’
Sronce wasn’t able to get in the score book but had a pair of rebounds.
‘Gabe, I know he didn’t score, but he had four deflections,’ Miller said. ‘He played solid defense.’
Ferree finished the game with 16 points to go with six steals.
‘We’ve seen Joe struggle for six quarters in a row,’ Miller said. ‘He struggled all four at Austin then the first two tonight. You could see when he got some shots to fall, he got going.’
Miller said they’ve spoke to the talented junior guard about scoring in a variety of ways.
‘We’ve talked to him about not settling for the three but get closer to the basket,’ Miller said. ‘I think he only took one three in the second half. Hitting that one was good for him. Even for Joe, who is very confident, it’s still something he needed.’
Late in the final stanza, Husband and Sronce came off the home court for the final time to the tune of loud applause.
Lanesville led by as many as 31 points before the Tigers outscored them 16-3 after the game was well in hand.
‘We scored 42 points in the second half and held them to 24,’ Miller stated. ‘They scored 20 in the fourth quarter, and I think 12 came in the last minute or two when we let off the gas.’
Cook and Wilkin finished with eight points each, while Gregory Daly had four.
Lanesville started the game with a wealth of offense. Husband scored 10 of Lanesville’s first 15 points to give the home team a 15-6 advantage.
Crothersville was able to reach the free-throw line in the first half, helping cut into the margin. Field goals by Dakota Mount and Clayton Byrd, along with a triple by Tyler Luedeman, brought the Tigers within two points at the end of eight minutes.
Playing back and forth, Crothersville’s largest lead was two points. Lanesville refused to be rattled, using a pair of Daly free throws to knot the game at the break.
Jordan Schoenfelder paced a balanced Crothersville scoring attack with 12 points.
With the win, Lanesville finished the SAC slate with a 4-1 record. Borden won the conference by going undefeated in five games.
Lanesville’s attention now goes to the Class A Borden Sectional. The Eagles played rival South Central in the opening round last night (Tuesday). The winner advances to face Class A No. 6 Christian Academy of Indiana on Friday at 6 p.m.
Crothersville 17 15 4 20 ‘ 56
Lanesville 19 13 25 17 ‘ 74
Crothersville (6-16, 1-4, SAC) ‘ Schoenfelder 12, T. Luedeman 9, Byrd 8, Mains 7, Mount 7, C. Luedeman 5, Adams 4, Hoevener 4.
Lanesville (9-13, 4-1) ‘ Husband 33, Ferree 16, Cook 8, Wilkin 8, Daly 4, Ferguson 2, Bube 2, Jacobi 1.
3-point goals ‘ Crothersville 4 (T. Luedeman 3, C. Luedeman, Schoenfelder); Lanesville 3 (Husband, Ferree, Cook).