Healing needed for Lady Eagles
High school reunions are supposed to reunite classmates on common anniversary years, such as five, 10, 15 and so on.
Some want to see old friends, while others avoid the interaction all together.
Five games into the girls’ basketball season, Lanesville coach Kevin Smith wouldn’t mind a reunion on the court of his roster.
During the course of the early season, the Lady Eagles have dealt with two concussions, a pair of ailing knees and, the day before facing Christian Academy of Indiana on Thursday, a twisted ankle was added to the list.
Lanesville kept pace with CAI for the first quarter, but 19 points in the second quarter along with a 23-point night from Alli Stumler led CAI to a 57-30 road victory. Stumler also had nine rebounds.
‘It makes it rough,’ Smith said of the injuries. ‘Regardless, we should have played better tonight.’
The ankle injury was to leading scorer and rebounder Hannah Walther. The senior tried to go but decided to take the night off to heal.
‘She twisted her ankle in the last 10 minutes of practice yesterday, so it was a game-time decision,’ Smith said. ‘That is a blow because she is one of our leaders. Everyone kind of relies on her when something goes bad. When that happens, they look for Hannah.’
Lanesville did welcome back Emily Davis and Regan Walker to the lineup after they missed time due to concussions.
In the opening quarter against CAI, Davis had three steals, part of eight CAI turnovers. Her assist to Michaela Behr prompted a field goal, tying the game at 4-all. After another Behr basket, Carmen Jacobs netted a free throw, giving Lanesville its only lead at 7-6.
Jacobs is a few games back after missing the start of the season with a knee injury.
‘Carmen isn’t all the way back, but she’s getting back into basketball shape,’ Smith said. ‘Regan and Emily both came back tonight. Michaela couldn’t practice for three days due to a knee issue, so we added her, too.’
For much of the night, CAI dominated the glass. Carla Koch pulled down an offensive board, turning that second chance into a Danielle Summitt triple. CAI led 11-9 after one quarter.
Fresh off an all-state performance in volleyball, CAI’s Stumler went to work inside in the second quarter. She scored 11 straight points, part of a 15-2 Lady Warriors’ run. Three of Stumler’s field goals came on offensive put-backs. The other two came off steals. She finished the game with 10 field goals and 23 points.
‘Second-chance points hurt,’ Smith said. ‘We can run our offensive sets to get shots, but we weren’t making many. When (CAI) went zone, we still were getting shots, just not making any.’
Lanesville had flashes of offensive moments to produce high percentage shots but not many fell. Late in the half, Mckenzie Randolph and Jacobs played give-and-go for a pair of Jacobs points. Both juniors paced Lanesville in scoring with eight points apiece.
CAI outscored Lanesville 19-7 in the second quarter to hold a 30-16 halftime edge.
‘When things went south, we weren’t able to step up and hit shots,’ Smith said. ‘We have to keep going on the defensive end when that happens. Going down 14, it takes us out of our game-plan at that point. I really thought we could press and wear them down. It didn’t work out that way.’
Jacobs began the third quarter with a long ball, cutting the deficit to 11. The rest of the frame, however, was all CAI, which outscored Lanesville 14-2 behind 6 of 8 from the foul line.
Lanesville made two 3-pointers in the final quarter ‘ one each by Katelyn Pavey and Randolph ‘ but didn’t make a dent in the margin.
Smith said his message to players post-game was to bring more passion in practices.
‘If we don’t start to practice harder, we aren’t going to get any better,’ he said. ‘They are playing with intensity in games, but we need to bring that to practice.’
Pavey and Behr finished with five points each. Sonner was team-high in rebounds with five while adding four points on offense.
Lanesville will return to action Friday for the inaugural Battle at the First Capital hosted by Corydon Central. The four-team tournament will begin at 10 a.m. when the Lady Eagles face Corydon Central. The second game will pit Tell City versus (Indianapolis) Providence Cristo Rey at approximately 11:30 a.m. Advancers to the consolation round will play at 6 p.m. followed by the championship at 7:30.
The Lady Eagles will return home Monday to face Perry Central at 8 p.m.
Christian Academy of Ind. 11 19 14 13 ‘ 57
Lanesville 9 7 5 9 ‘ 30
Christian Academy of Indiana (2-1) ‘ Stumler 23, Summitt 8, Baird 6, Koch 6, Moffett 4, Mahan 3, Beckley 2, Furnish 2, Martin 2, Graham 1.
Lanesville (0-5) ‘ Jacobs 8, Randolph 8, Pavey 5, Behr 5, Sonner 4.
3-point goals ‘ CAI 1 (Summitt); Lanesville 3 (Jacobs, Randolph, Pavey).