Lady Eagles best West Washington in overtime
Christ Timberlake, Staff Writer, [email protected]
All’s well that ends well, and that was the case for the Lanesville Lady Eagles, who overcame a rash of turnovers and missed shots Saturday night to notch a 53-45 overtime win at West Washington.
“We’ll take it any way we can,” said Lanesville coach Angie Hinton, whose team improved to 6-2 on the season and moved back into the Class 1A rankings at No. 7. “We’re thrilled to be able to walk out of here with a win.”
It was Lanesville’s first win at West Washington since 2011 and the first over the Lady Senators in the last five tries.
“(West Washington coach
Darrin Russell) does a good, solid job with those kids,” said Hinton. “And I know they were playing under difficult circumstances. He’s got two guards out there that can really shoot the ball, and then his other role players really stepped up.”
West Washington (3-3) junior guard Sara Stice connected on four three-pointers and led her team with 20 points.
Lanesville got 20 points from junior forward Gracie Adams and another 12 from freshman Linzie Wernert to pull out the victory.
“We’re just still kind of finding ourselves. Who can play with who, when, what and where, and every game it’s been somebody different,” said Hinton. “My freshmen started out a little bit shaky, but they were also key right there at the end coming through with some big boards and big buckets.”
The final margin was the game’s largest as both teams led by no more than six throughout regulation.
Lanesville opened a 21-15 advantage on a Wernert steal and layup late in the first half. However, the Lady Senators put together a 10-0 run spanning the end of the first half and the start of the second for a 25-21 edge with 5:05 left in the third quarter.
The hosts opened it up to 31-25 on an 18-footer by Madison Brown a little later.
The Lady Eagles eventually evened the score at 40-40 on baskets by Wernert and freshman Morgan Sonner midway through the fourth quarter.
Lanesville had the final possession of regulation but was unable to get a shot off before time expired, sending the game into overtime, the second for each team this season.
“They got rushed and then they got nervous,” said Hinton.
The Lady Eagles quickly regrouped for the extra time, scoring the first four points to take a 47-43 lead. Adams got the overtime started with a turnaround jumper from eight feet, then Sonner added a put-back with 2:47 to play.
That duo combined for Lanesville’s next two buckets as well, and Adams closed the scoring on a layup with 57 seconds remaining.
“Morgan Sonner got some huge boards and came up with a couple of huge baskets,” said Hinton. “She makes it easier for Linzie and for Gracie being able to rebound like that.”
A post-game prayer was offered for West Washington football coach/athletic director Phillip Bowsman, who suffered a stroke Friday and was undergoing surgery Saturday night.
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Lanesville also got a win last Thursday night as Wernert scored a game-high 20 points in a 54-18 decision over visiting Christian Academy of Indiana.
Junior Danielle Haire added 11 points, and Sonner scored 10 as the Lady Eagles limited the Warriors to just six baskets.
Lanesville 8 13 9 13 10 – 53
West Washington 8 11 15 9 2 – 45
Lanesville (6-2) – Adams 20, Wernert 12, Turner 8, Sonner 6, Haire 4, Brumley 3.
West Washington (3-3) – Stice 20, Keltner 9, Griffitts 7, McK. Brown 5, Ma. Brown 2, Russell 2.
3-point goals – Lanesville 1 (Brumley 1), West Washington 5 (Stice 4, Griffitts 1).
Christian Academy 5 5 5 3 – 18
Lanesville 11 15 16 12 – 54
Christian Academy (0-4) – Stenstud 6, Fletcher 5, J. Yates 3, Lopez 2, McCoy 2.
Lanesville (5-2) – Wernert 20, Haire 11, Sonner 10, Adams 8, Gordon 2, Turner 2, Brumley 1.
Photo by Chris Timberlake