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Too-tall Warriors drop Eagles

Too-tall Warriors drop Eagles
Too-tall Warriors drop Eagles
Lanesville senior Matt Husband (33) slices to the rim in the second half of Friday night's sectional semifinal match-up against Christian Academy of Indiana. Despite Husband's game-high 22 points, the Eagles fell to No. 6-ranked CAI, 64-49. Photo by Alan Stewart

Christian Academy of Indiana simply was too tall, grabbed too many rebounds and hit too many free throws.
That was the story of the game Friday night in the Class 1A Borden Sectional semi-final between CAI and Lanesville, which were meeting for the 59th time in the past three decades.
Despite a 22-point night by senior Matt Husband, Lanesville (10-14) was felled by the Class 1A No. 6 Warriors, 64-49, in a rematch of last year’s sectional semi-final.
Senior James Martin paced CAI (20-4) with 18 points, with a trio of threes, and classmate Shelby Rose notched 17 points, with 15 coming in the second half.
The Warriors dominated the glass, more than doubling up Lanesville in rebounds, 35-17, and dropped in 23 of 30 free throws to advance to the title game against New Washington, which upset Borden in a double-overtime thriller in the other semi-final.
Playing in front of a packed house, the two clubs slugged each other in the opening period, which featured five triples, four of which were by CAI and led to a 16-13 advantage at the first stop.
The Warriors scored the next three points of the second period, bringing on a Lanesville time-out. Eagles’ coach Mikel Miller steadied his team, reminded them to calm down and to continue to delay their offense and make good decisions with the basketball.
Out of the break, Lanesville junior Joe Ferree scored a deuce, but CAI again went on a micro-spurt that included a third first-half triple by Martin. Ferree countered with a three of his own, but CAI’s Aaron Eldridge scored to set the half-time mark at 28-22 in favor of the Warriors.
CAI’s momentum continued to start the third period with a 7-3 run with Lanesville’s lone field goal during the stretch being a triple by Husband, one of his four on the night.
Lanesville freshman Riley Cook was fouled on an acrobatic backward lay-in and converted the old-fashioned three, then Ferree hit a freebie to bring the Eagles within six, 35-29.
The Warriors closed the final two minutes with a 6-2 run that was capped by a goal at the buzzer by Nic Reed.
Reed hit two frees to start the final period to extend the lead to 43-31, and CAI eventually pushed the advantage to 16, 51-35, at the 4:18 mark.
With one final surge, Lanesville went to the long ball to climb back into it.
Husband hit back-to-back-to-back threes, Ferree hit a deuce and senior Gabe Sronce had a put-back to bring the Eagles within seven, 55-48, with 1:43 left.
From there, however, the Eagles were forced to send CAI to the free-throw line to stop the clock. The Warriors took advantage by closing out the final stretch with a 9-1 run to the final 64-49 score.
Lanesville, which had only three turnovers, was 18 of 44 (41 percent) from the floor, hit six of 13 tries (46 percent) from beyond the arc and went 7 of 12 from the charity stripe.
After Husband’s 22, Ferree scored 11, Sronce scored six, Cook had five, Elijah Wilkin put in four and Evan Ash notched a free throw for his lone point.
Christian Academy was 18 of 47 (38 percent) from the field, 5 of 11 on threes and committed eight miscues.
CAI went on to defeat New Washington, 63-49, for the sectional championship and will take on No. 2-ranked Barr-Reeve (23-2) in the opening game of the Loogootee Regional on Saturday morning at 10. The other match-up pits No. 4-ranked Orleans (21-3) against Wood Memorial (17-9).

Christian Academy 16 12 13 23 ‘ 64
Lanesville 13 9 9 18 ‘ 49
Christian Academy of Indiana (20-4) ‘ Martin 18, Eldridge 5, Rose 17, Linnehan 3, Reed 15, Knight-Goff 6.
Lanesville (10-14) ‘ Cook 5, Ferree 11, Ash 1, Sronce 6, Husband 22, Wilkin 4.
3-point goals ‘ Christian Academy of Indiana 5 (Martin 3, Eldridge, Linnehan), Lanesville 6 (Ferree 2, Husband 4).