Lock-down Lady Eagles best ‘Stangs
One week prior, the Lanesville girls’ basketball team had a slight lead at Paoli before the Lady Rams ran off in the second half for a convincing win.
Last Tuesday, the Lady Eagles found themselves in a similar situation with a little more on the line. Welcoming Southern Athletic Conference-rival New Washington to Lanesville figured to be a challenge for the young Lady Eagles. For coach Angie Hinton’s bunch, she had to look back at the Paoli game at halftime last Tuesday when Lanesville had a 23-15 lead over New Washington.
‘We had a really good half against Paoli, then they really kicked our butts,’ Hinton said. ‘Tonight, we talked again about that game. Which team are you going to be when you take the court in the third quarter? How much have we grown?’
Responding positively, the Lanesville defense continued to pressure New Washington’s shot attempts and held on for a 37-24 victory. The win put the Lady Eagles at 3-0 in league play with remaining contests against Crothersville (Jan. 5) and South Central (Jan. 8).
‘I was really happy for the kids,’ Hinton said. ‘They needed to be able to believe in themselves.’
Not only did Lanesville hold the Lady Mustangs to single digits for the second through fourth quarters, they also limited them to three fields goals during that span.
‘You’d like to think your defense was in the right spots, making them rush,’ Hinton said. ‘We had a lot of kids step up and hold their composure. I hope the community got to see a little bit better basketball tonight than some of our earlier season games. That means a lot to us. We are trying to teach the game and grow. Tonight was very rewarding for me as a coach (and) for the kids as players.’
Scoring was scarce in the third quarter as both teams managed to put up four points apiece. New Washington turned the ball over seven times in the frame, but the Lady Eagles weren’t able to capitalize.
Lanesville had a big offensive boost in the final stanza when Kennedy Gordon came off the bench to convert an old-fashioned 3-point play.
Scoring in the fourth also came from Gracie Adams and Danielle Haire for Lanesville. New Washington, meanwhile, went eight minutes of game time without a field goal. Hope Griffith broke the slide with a field goal with three minutes to go, but the Lady Eagles maintained a 37-24 advantage.
‘We have come close here and there, but I think they learned how to win tonight,’ Hinton said. ‘We still have moments where we play not to lose, but that’s growth and maturity. We played together more, and that was probably the most patient we have been in a game. Our defense was locked in pretty good.’
Adams was solid all around for the Lady Eagles. The sophomore got hot in the first quarter to give her team a 12-11 lead after they had trailed by two points. Adams went on to post 17 points and 17 rebounds.
‘Gracie carries us, but sometimes she gets a little impatient,’ Hinton said. ‘She needs to know her teammates will get her the ball. We will get it to you so you don’t have to take tough shots. She does a nice job playing within the team and getting other people involved too.’
Hinton said when she goes back to watch film and chart the team stats, the volume of rebound totals for Adams often catch her by surprise.
‘She still has a pretty high ceiling to reach her potential too,’ Hinton said.
An 8-1 run to begin the second quarter helped Lanesville create some distance on the scoreboard. Elizabeth Turner knocked down a triple, while work on the offensive glass led to points from Adams. Austin Crosier also had a bucket.
‘I thought Kennedy stepped up big for us in the second half,’ Hinton said. ‘Dani did a nice job for most of the game, and Liz was pretty solid overall.’
At the point, Georgia Brumley helped control the flow of the game for Lanesville.
‘Georgia and I have a good relationship,’ Hinton said. ‘I need to be able to speak to her to get her to lead the team better. She’s more quiet than I need her to be, but she’s doing so much better with running things. Her and Austin have improved their communication too.’
Lanesville has reeled off three straight wins and has won four of its previous five contests.
‘I’m all new to the (SAC), but they are excited to be in this position,’ Hinton said. ‘It’s going to make for a really exciting sectional. We know New Washington will be ready if we see them again.’
Haire finished the game with eight points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Mustangs were paced by six points each out of Taylor James and Madison Fields. Junior guard Makynsie Barger was hampered by foul trouble and closed with three points.
‘New Washington has some good shooters, and Barger didn’t get off to a good start with two fouls on her early,’ Hinton said. ‘(New Washington coach) Kirsti (Holloway) does a really nice job with her program. It’s good to see female basketball players come back to coach.’
Lanesville will host Tell City tomorrow (Thursday) at 8 p.m.
New Washington 11 4 4 5 ‘ 24
Lanesville 12 11 4 10 ‘ 37
New Washington (8-5, 2-1 SAC) ‘ Taylor James 6, Madison Fields 6, Hope Griffith 5, Makynsie Barger 3, Kalin Campbell 2, Kamran Miles 2.
Lanesville (9-5, 3-0) ‘ Gracie Adams 17, Danielle Haire 8, Kennedy Gordon 5, Elizabeth Turner 3, Austin Crosier 2, Georgia Brumley 2.
3-point goals ‘ New Washington 1 (Griffith); Lanesville 3 (Adams 2, Turner).