Double-dip for Lanesville at Medora
By George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]
The Lanesville boys’ basketball team combined an explosive offense with a stingy defensive effort in an 82-31 win Saturday at Medora.
Lanesville started the game on a 22-2 run with Connor Nolot scoring 15 of his game-high 31 points during the stretch and had an easy time the rest of the way.
The win followed a tough four-point, 45-41, loss the night before to Providence, and Eagles’ coach Mikel Miller was curious as to how his team would respond.
“The last couple of games we came up a little short against some really, really good teams, and to come in here tonight and execute as well as we did is pretty pleasing,” Miller said. “It’s a credit to the kids that they were ready. The kids responded well, and I like the effort we got.”
By halftime, Lanesville’s lead had grown to 37, 44-7, and, with a 7-2 run to open the third quarter, Miller turned the game over to the reserves.
The Hornets entered the game with an 0-6 record and had been outscored by nearly 30 points a game heading into the contest against the Eagles. Miller admitted he wasn’t worried as much about the outcome of the game as he was the team accomplishing some of the things he challenged them with.
“Games like this can be difficult,” he said. “You want to get out of here without any injuries, but you do want to get some things accomplished. We wanted to make sure we executed on both ends of the floor and you want your kids to play with competitiveness, and I thought we did those things pretty well.”
In Friday’s loss to the Providence Pioneers, the Eagles couldn’t buy a basket from behind the three-point line, but Saturday that wasn’t a problem as they knocked down nine.
“Against Providence, we were 0 for 17 from three-point range, and tonight we finally hit a few,” Miller said. “I told the kids it was good that they restored my confidence that we can actually hit a few.”
The next highest scorer for Lanesville was Kameron Walter with 15 points. Walter and Nolot were the only two players in double figures, but 10 Eagles found their way into the scoring column.
“(Nolot) only had two in the second half, but, in games like this, I worry more about injuries than the individual stuff,” Miller said as far as the scoring. “Connor is the ultimate team player, and he was good with only getting two points.”
Walter is a freshman for the Eagles, and Miller said once he gets all the facets of the game down, he has the potential to be pretty good.
“He needs to be more consistent,” Miller said. “With freshmen, it’s difficult to get consistency and stuff, but, if he can balance that while learning under fire going against older players, he will be able to help us a little. You can see by watching him he has some ability and can do some things for us. I liked his effort. He played a quarter in the JV game and played the majority of the varsity game. He was very active, and that’s something we are talking with him about.”
The Hornets played some zone defense against Lanesville, and Miller was glad they did because it was the first time the Eagles had been defended that way all season.
“We hadn’t worked on our zone offense,” he said. “Most of what we have done to this point has been man-to-man. The kids responded well on the fly.”
On the defensive end against the Hornets, Miller said there are some things his group still needs to clean up.
The Eagles will be back in action Friday with a Southern Athletic Conference game at home against Henryville. Lanesville is 1-0 in SAC play, and Henryville hasn’t played a conference game yet.
Lanesville will compete in the Springs Valley Tournament over the Christmas break. The Eagles will play at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27 against Orleans. For a complete tournament run-down see the story in this section of today’s paper.
Lanesville 24 20 16 22 – 82
Medora 3 4 10 14 – 31
Lanesville (3-3) – Connor Nolot 31, Kameron Walter 15, Ty Tidstrom 7, Justin Bailey 5, Aiden Byers 5, Jonas Powers 5, Griffen Reynolds 4, Jacob Wernert 4, Jensin Philpott 3, Carter Smith 3.
Medora (0-7) – Shepard 10, Jayvin Spurgeon 7, Bryce Guffey 4, Caleb Sturgill 4, Braxton McCory 3, Isaiah Myers 3.
3-point goals – Lanesville 9 (Nolot 5, Justin Bailey 1, Tidstrom 1, Byers 1, Jonas Powers 1); Medora 3 (Guffey 1, McCoy 1, Spurgeon 1).