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North Central holds off Lanesville for third place

North Central holds off Lanesville for third place
North Central holds off Lanesville for third place
Lanesville freshman Linzie Wernert chases a loose ball during Saturday evening’s third-place game against North Central in the Battle at the First Capital in Corydon. Photo by Chris Timberlake
Chris Timberlake, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The Lanesville Lady Eagles rallied from a 44-35 deficit early in the fourth quarter to take a 48-46 lead late but couldn’t sustain that momentum, eventually falling to North Central 56-53 in the third-place game of the Battle at the First Capital in Corydon on Saturday evening.

After opening the tournament with a 44-37 win over Southridge Friday night, the Lady Eagles (4-2) dropped a pair of tournament games on Saturday. Crawford County topped Lanesville 53-41 in the semifinals on Saturday morning.

“We’re still a work in progress,” said Lanesville coach Angie Hinton. “We just make a lot of mental mistakes on the court, which kind of leads to physical mistakes, but they’re learning.

“It’s better than it was this time last year, so progress is moving forward,” she said. “We just have high expectations and would like to be in a little better place than we were.”

Lanesville played the tournament without starter Danielle Haire, who was sidelined by injury.

“Dani brings some energy to our team, which we lacked a little bit,” said Hinton.

Lanesville had its biggest lead of the game at 19-14 midway through the second quarter, but North Central closed the half on a 14-3 run for a 28-22 half-time lead.

A Courtney Williams layup early in the fourth quarter gave the Thunderbirds that aforementioned 44-35 advantage; however, Morgan Sonner ignited the Lanesville comeback with a pair of put-backs.

North Central answered with a bucket inside from Brinley Stone, then Lanesville junior Gracie Adams scored the next six points, drawing the Lady Eagles within one, 46-45, with 3:41 left.

“Just getting kids where they belonged and getting the ball where it belonged without turning it over is important, and we made a couple shots,” said Hinton. “I thought they responded to things we asked them to do at halftime. They’re capable of playing a whole game like that.”

Freshman Linzie Wernert gave the Lady Eagles a 47-46 lead on a drive to the basket with 3:19 to play.

Neither team led by more than two points in the closing minutes until North Central’s Averi Davidson was fouled in a Lanesville trap with 58.4 seconds to go. She made both ends of a bonus chance at the free-throw line to make it 54-50.

Georgia Brumley knocked down a three-pointer with 18 seconds left to get the Lady Eagles within one, 54-53.

Williams made another pair of free throws with 9.6 ticks remaining for the final margin.

“We competed,” said Hinton. “We just didn’t compete well enough to get a win.”


Lanesville                                          8  14 13  18 – 53

North Central                                     9  19 14  14 – 56

Lanesville (4-2) – Crosier 6, Slaughter 6, Brumley 3, Adams 17, Wernert 9, Sonner 12.

North Central (3-1) – Davidson 22, Cox 6, Williams 24, Haviland 2, Stone 2.

3-point goals – Lanesville 1 (Brumley 1), North Central 6 (Williams 4, Davidson 2).


Lanesville                                        11    9  10 11 – 41

Crawford County                            15  14 17    7 – 53

Lanesville (4-1) – Slaughter 4, Gordon 2, Turner 6, Campbell 1, Adams 15, Wernert 9, Sonner 4.

Crawford County (3-2) – Schigur 2, Stutzman 8, Gaines 5, Elliott 8, Nickelson 18, Fraime 5, Herbaugh 7.

3-point goals – Crawford County 2 (Gaines 1, Fraime 1).


Lanesville                                         12  10    9  13 – 44

Southridge                                         5  12 12    8 – 37

Lanesville (4-0) – Gordon 10, Turner 2, Adams 14, Wernert 14, Sonner 4.

Southridge (2-2) – Nalley 11, M. Tempel 8, R. Tempel 2, Montgomery 16.

3-point goals – Lanesville 1 (Wernert 1), Southridge 4 (M. Tempel 2, Montgomery 1, Nalley 1).