Shooting woes slow Lanesville
Through three quarters Thursday night, neither Lanesville nor Tell City could muster a lead beyond four points on the scoreboard.
The visiting Tell City girls’ basketball team, however, relied on steady shooting at the foul line in the second half to pull away for a 45-37 victory. At the line, the Lady Marksmen made good on 11-of-12 free throws in the second half and 20-of-25 overall.
Lanesville struggled from the field for much of the night on the offensive end with the Lady Eagles held to single-digit points in the final two quarters of action.
‘We’ve been shooting the ball a lot lately,’ Lanesville coach Angie Hinton said. ‘I think sometimes kids, when you face a zone (defense), they make a few shots then they think they can make them all. Instead of trying to get to the basket, we were settling for jump shots. We’re trying to get across to the kids how precious time of possession is with the ball. You don’t have to shoot quick in the half court. Our offense was out of sync today.’
Tied at 22-all at halftime, Lanesville used a quick start to go up four points when play resumed. Austin Crosier created a turnover leading to Gracie Adams scoring on the other end for Lanesville. Then, in the post, Adams scored another bucket to put the Lady Eagles up 26-22.
During the rest of the third quarter, however, Lanesville managed just one more basket, a transition goal by Adams. Tell City, using post player Kammie-Jo Hayes, ended the stanza on an 8-2 run. All the points came via Hayes. She finished the night with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
‘The game plan was to push the ball up the court,’ Hinton said. ‘We wanted to try and run because we wanted to avoid the half-court game with them. We know with Hayes inside, she is a really good player. She shoots well, and, as a team, they are a really good free-throw shooting team. So, we wanted to push the ball but our guards were walking the ball up the floor. We just weren’t very in tune with what we wanted to do.’
Lanesville was able to get to the line early in the fourth quarter but made 2-of-5 free-throw attempts to get within two points, 32-30.
Grace Kreilein pushed Tell City’s lead to eight points, 38-30, when she made a pair of freebies.
‘Out of halftime, I thought we played pretty well but we didn’t respond when they made a run at us,’ Hinton said.
Inside the final three minutes, Lanesville started to push the ball more with Adams and Brumley hitting field goals. Tell City offset the move with free throws and a key 3-point play by Hayes.
‘We just weren’t in sync,’ Hinton said. ‘That’s two steps forward, one step back. We were going forward a good bit, but we took a step back tonight. We practiced well this week, but, when they packed it in, we weren’t able to make shots. It became difficult.’
Adams finished the game with 16 points and five rebounds.
Danielle Haire had a big first half in the scoring column. All 10 of her points came then before dealing with foul trouble in the second half.
‘The kids hit a lull but, hopefully, they will get back to work,’ Hinton said. ‘We play Cannelton then Crothersville. We know Crothersville is a really tough team. We want to fix these things so it won’t happen to us in sectional.’
One of the fixes is that, if shots aren’t going in, to up the effort in other areas of the floor.
‘When you make baskets, it makes the game a whole lot easier,’ Hinton said. ‘In basketball, if you aren’t making baskets, you have to do the little things much better. We didn’t block out, we didn’t get to loose balls, we didn’t defend well and we didn’t get in passing lanes. Those are things you can do regardless of your ability.’
Ava Hilgenhold had seven points and nine boards for the Lady Marksmen.
Brumley scored nine points for the Lady Eagles. Kennedy Gordon had seven rebounds to lead Lanesville on the glass.
The loss halted a four-game win streak for Lanesville.
‘We seemed a step slow altogether tonight,’ Hinton said. ‘I can’t really explain why. We are pretty healthy. Maybe being out of school had something to do with it, but it was like a Saturday game. I can’t explain the non-responsiveness of the kids. I felt we had a pretty good game plan. We practiced well and really studied film.’
Lanesville will hit the road Friday to play at Cannelton at 6 p.m. The Southern Athletic Conference season will wrap up with games Jan. 5 at Crothersville and Jan. 8 at South Central.
Tell City 15 7 8 15 ‘ 45
Lanesville 11 11 6 9 ‘ 37
Tell City (9-7) ‘ Kammie-Jo Hayes 23, Ava Hilgenhold 7, Grace Kreilein 7, Elizabeth Kehl 5, Chloe Carman 2, Camryn Peter 1.
Lanesville (10-6) ‘ Gracie Adams 16, Danielle Haire 10, Georgia Brumley 9, Kennedy Gordon 2.
3-point goals ‘ Tell City 1 (Kehl); Lanesville 2 (Adams, Brumley).