No. 7 Lady Eagles top century mark in rout
The game between Lanesville and Medora wasn’t over before the Lady Eagles stepped off the bus Saturday, but it didn’t take much longer than that.
Lanesville opened the game on a 10-2 run and never looked back on its way to a 105-12 win.
“Honestly, the objective is just to work on some things that you’re going to be able to run just to get the kids comfortable so, when you get into a tough game, they will be able to run that offense or know what to do on defense,” said Lady Eagles’ coach Angie Hinton. “We also tried to get some kids to play some different positions. For example, we had kids guarding the ball who don’t normally guard the ball.
“We also had some kids who primarily play JV get some playing time,” she said. “We are not a great outside shooting team, so we wanted to take some shots out there and get a little more comfortable out there and get kids in rhythm.”
Medora scored its first points with just a little less than five minutes remaining in the first quarter, trimming the Lanesville lead to 8, 10-2.
The Lady Eagles went on to outscore the Lady Hornets 32-2 heading into the second quarter. During the spurt, Linzie Wernert scored 11 points and Gracie Adams added seven.
The onslaught continued in the second period with Lanesville adding 31 to Medora’s 5, which gave the Lady Eagles a 63-7 advantage at intermission.
Hinton turned the second half over to reserves, who had their way against Medora as well. She said playing a team that is so out-matched talent-wise is a difficult task.
“It’s tough, because you have to play the game,” she said. “It makes it look bad if you do play hard and then it’s disrespectful if you don’t try to play hard. We tried to keep everything in our half court, and we told the kids, if they get a steal in the front court, they can shoot a layup. And, we did miss a couple, but, with steals in the back, we wanted them to hold it back and then set up the offense.
“I’ve been on the other end of a game like this as both a player and a coach, so you are not trying to intentionally run the score up, but you also have to play your kids and our young kids are pretty good. In a game like this, no matter who I put on the floor, they are going to score some points.”
Adams led all scorers with 18 points, Elizabeth Turner added 17 and Emma Campbell and Wernert scored 16 points apiece.
If there was anything to critique at all in a 93-point end, Hinton said there were instances when her team’s defensive players were getting hit by screens instead of getting around them.
Maybe a bigger story than the game itself is the fact that Medora continues to show up and work hard despite a 28-game losing streak that dates back to Jan. 29, 2018.
Hinton credited coach Brad McCammon, who is in his 16th season at Medora, and the players for sticking with basketball.
“I admire him for coaching because I know it’s tough, and I admire those kids for being out there,” she said. “Sports provides an avenue for good, positive things to happen and, even though they aren’t winning, being out here is better than being somewhere else that’s not a good, positive situation.”
Lanesville, which has won eight games in a row, won’t be back in action until Saturday afternoon at New Washington. The Lady Eagles will follow that with an extended break until Jan. 2 when they travel to Tell City.
Saturday’s game at New Washington will tip off at 1:30 p.m.
Lanesville 32 31 25 17 – 105
Medora 2 5 4 1 – 12
Lanesville (12-2) – Gracie Adams 18, Elizabeth Turner 17, Emma Campbell 16, Linzie Wernert 16, Kennedy Gordon 12, Morgan Sonner 8, Georgia Brumley 5, Kaydence Smith 4, Austin Crosier 3, Kaylie Blankenbaker 2, Haley Gowens 2, Danielle Haire 2.
Medora (0-8) – Kelsey Turner 6, Mariah Cobb 3, Kaitlyn Cobb 2, Jarey 1.
3-point goals – Lanesville 4 (Campbell 2, Adams 1, Wernert 1); Medora 1 (M. Cobb 1).