Lady Eagles start final push with lopsided win
As the basketball season heads toward the final month, the Lanesville girls’ squad is getting healthier and setting sights on prepping for the postseason.
Injuries have been a speed bump through the first half of the slate, but the Lady Eagles have come back one by one with the exception of guard Katelyn Pavey, who will miss the remainder of the year with a foot injury.
With a pool of nine players on the varsity bench last Tuesday against visiting Cannelton, everyone reached the scoring column. The spreading out of points helped land the Lady Eagles a resounding 67-17 victory. It’s the third win in the last four games for Lanesville coach Kevin Smith’s squad.
‘The last month, we have some sectional opponents coming up with Shawe Memorial, South Central (and Rock Creek Academy),’ Smith said. ‘We’ll gauge ourselves with South Central and Shawe. Those two, along with Christian Academy, are the three at the top if you look at computer rankings. We’re going to start preparing for sectional.’
The 16th game of the season for Lanesville was a 50-point win, helping the momentum toward the final stretch.
‘We are in the prepare mode and the fine tuning of things for the final push,’ Smith said. ‘Wins haven’t been there, but we have been in a lot of games and I see the girls learning.’
Against visiting Cannelton, Lanesville erupted for 27 points in the second quarter.
Eleven of Cannelton’s 21 first-half turnovers came in the second frame.
A 16-1 start to the explosive scoring output began with Mckenzie Randolph finding Ellen Nichols for a bucket. Michaela Behr and Hannah Walther added field goals. Off the bench, Isabella Fulkerson scored when Peyton Sonner found her open for a look. Sonner had a pair of freebies during the spurt.
To close the opening half, Sonner and Walther worked together. Walther assisted a pair of Sonner field goals. At the buzzer, Nichols fed Walther for a long ball that fell through the twine.
Lanesville led 37-6 at half.
‘We probably made more shots than we have in any other game this season,’ Smith said. ‘I gave them a goal to shoot at least 40 percent. Coming into the game, we’re probably shooting in the 20-percent range as a team. We’ve had problems finishing little shots underneath the goal.’
Lanesville continued to extend its lead in the third quarter. Spreading the points around, Carmen Jacobs and Randolph scored field goals. From beyond the arc, Emily Davis hit one of her two 3-pointers. Regan Walker scored late in the third, which saw Lanesville take a 60-10 edge heading into the fourth.
Cannelton’s best offense came in the final frame, scoring seven points, all from leading scorer Nicole Harris. She finished with eight points.
Walther led the way for Lanesville with 18 points. Jacobs, Davis and Randolph added 10 points apiece. Sonner scored eight.
‘The big thing was we played as a team; that was one of our goals tonight,’ Smith said. ‘We wanted to play disciplined, especially on the defensive end. We also had a chance to slow the game down and work on some half-court offensive things.’
The one hiccup during the last four games was a tight loss to Paoli.
‘We had good effort against Paoli, and I think it carried over to tonight,’ Smith said. ‘We were disappointed with that loss. The ‘woulda, coulda’ has to be gone now. We need to understand we can be a good team. We have to bring it to the practice court and games all the time.’
Getting bodies back has helped.
‘We’re as healthy as we can be,’ Smith said. ‘We’ve lost Katelyn for the (season), and she isn’t happy about it. She wants to be out there.’
Lanesville headed to Madison Shawe last night (Tuesday) and will return home to face rival South Central on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Cannelton 2 4 4 7 ‘ 17
Lanesville 10 27 23 7 ‘ 67
Cannelton (2-12) ‘ Harris 8, Sloss 7, Vogt 2.
Lanesville (4-12) ‘ Walther 18, Jacobs 10, Davis 10, Randolph 10, Sonner 8, Fulkerson 4, Behr 3, Walker 2, Nichols 2.
3-point goals ‘ Cannelton 1 (Harris); Lanesville 4 (Walther 2, Davis 2).