Lady Eagles handily defeat Henryville
Chris Timberlake, Staff Writer, [email protected]
It was a night of milestones reached on Thursday for the Class 1A seventh-ranked Lanesville Lady Eagles.
Junior forward Gracie Adams scored a game-high 30 points to surpass 1,000 in her career, and head coach Angie Hinton notched victory No. 200 as the Lady Eagles rolled past visiting Henryville 61-33.
“You stick around long enough, those things happen,” Hinton said with a smile following the game.
Adams entered the contest with 980 career points and nearly reached the milestone by halftime, scoring 19 before the break as Lanesville opened with a commanding 38-15 lead.
“It was just like any other game,” said Adams. “A thousand points is good, but I’m just going out there to win with my team. It’s not about me. It’s about we.”
Adams wasted little time reaching the mark in the second half, scoring on a power basket inside — where she did much of her damage throughout the game — less than 30 seconds into the half to make it 40-15.
The game was stopped briefly as Lanesville athletic director Mark Lambertus presented Adams with a game ball to mark the occasion.
“You want to do it within the course of the game and earn it,” said Hinton. “She did earn it. She went to war. She got a lot of those points on rebounds. She was working hard.”
Hinton’s team took control of the game early. After trailing just once briefly, 3-2, Lanesville freshman Linzie Wernert put the Lady Eagles ahead for good with back-to-back buckets to ignite a 14-0 run.
Wernert and Adams combined for all 14 of those points as the Lady Eagles moved out to a 16-3 lead.
“We knew they were going to throw long passes so just getting in those lanes and stopping them, I think it really slowed them down and helped us get our lead,” said Adams.
Lanesville used another 14-0 run in the second quarter to make it 36-11 late in the first half and never looked back.
“We came out and did what we needed to do,” said Hinton. “And then we got to play a lot of kids, got to look at a lot of different things …
“We did want to run the ball up the floor because we’ve got to do that as a team to make ourself better,” she said. “We’ve got to continue to work on things that make you better and will help you down the road.”
It was the Southern Athletic Conference opener for the reigning league champion Lady Eagles (9-2, 1-0). Henryville fell to 3-4 and 1-1 under first-year coach Tuesday Guernsey.
“We did some good things in the conference last year, and we want to be competing in every conference game and have a chance to win every conference game that we play,” said Hinton. “Those are important to us, important to the school and our program, so it got us off to a good start and we’re really happy about that.”
Henryville 7 8 7 11 – 33
Lanesville 16 22 12 11 – 61
Henryville (3-4, 1-1 SAC) – Horn 15, Nunn 7, D’Angelo 4, Knecht 3, DeVore 2, Thompson 2.
Lanesville (9-2, 1-0) – Adams 30, Wernert 15, Haire 6, Sonner 4, Brumley 3, Crosier, 2, Gordon 1.
3-point goals – Henryville 1 (Nunn 1), Lanesville 2 (Brumley 1, Adams 1).