Lanesville wins over improved Lady Rebels
George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]
Rarely does a high school basketball game end with both coaches happy. That was the case Jan. 7 when the South Central Lady Rebels fell 71-34 to host Lanesville.
For the second-ranked Class A Lady Eagles, they continued to develop depth and picked up a Southern Athletic Conference win over a county rival. For South Central, it was the best the team has played all season, according to first-year coach Lynne Thomas.
“This is the best we’ve played,” she said. “I am not disappointed. I told the girls, that it’s unfortunate that we didn’t play the way we did tonight against some of the other teams that we’ve played this season. If we had, I feel like the outcome of some of those games would have been different.”
One contributing factor for the Lady Rebels’ improved play may have been a simplification process that took place during the holiday break.
“We spent a lot of time over break really working and talking about fundamental skills,” Thomas said. “We paid attention to situational-type stuff that we hadn’t been good at, and I think it helped us prepare for this game.”
For the Lady Eagles, coach Angie Hinton said she was pleased to get a lot of kids on the floor and she hopes that will be an advantage as the regular season hits the stretch run and the tournament starts.
“We’ve been working on some different things, and we’ve been trying to work some other kids in and use different rotations,” Hinton said. “We feel like we can do different things with different kids on the floor. My mindset coming into this game was that I was going to play a lot of kids and play them in some different situations they haven’t been in and we were going to see what happened. I felt like some kids came out of the game and then went back in better. We are really working on our depth, which means early in the game we may not look the best, but the plan is to eventually wear teams down and give us better opportunities for success in the end. Everything we are doing is building toward our end-of-the-season goal.”
Out of the gate, it was the usual suspects for Hinton’s squad. Baskets by Linzie Wernert, Gracie Adams, Morgan Sonner and Emma Campbell helped Lanesville build an 8-0 advantage.
After a free throw by South Central’s Makaylie Patterson ended the nearly three-minute scoring drought for the Lady Rebels, Sonner hit another bucket in the paint and then drained two free throws after going up strong with an offensive rebound.
The Lady Rebels got a three from Annabelle Faith, and Lanesville’s lead was eight, 12-4, midway through the first quarter.
The Lady Eagles’ lead was cut in half, thanks to two free throws and a basket by South Central’s Lily Boley. Boley’s points caused Hinton to take a timeout, and Lanesville responded with four points by Elizabeth Turner that pushed the lead back to eight points and ended the first quarter with a 16-8 score.
Wernert opened the second quarter by scoring six points, two of which came off an assist by Georgia Brumley. Then, one of two free throws by Sonner extended the Lady Eagles’ lead to 15, 23-8, with 6:01 remaining in the first half.
Boley drained another three, but that only temporarily slowed the Lady Eagles’ momentum.
Adams scored two baskets, one off an offensive rebound, and Sonner scored two more of her 16 points that stretched the margin to 18, 29-11.
South Central wasn’t going to go away quietly. Three more baskets by Boley, one of which was a three-pointer, kept her team within 15, 33-18.
The Rebels ended the half with a basket by Kendall Kiper, and Sonner threw in two more for Lanesville, making the score 35-20.
In the second half, Marie Goodwin picked up where Boley left off. She hit three three-point baskets in the third quarter, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep the game close.
Goodwin’s first three opened the third quarter and cut the Lady Eagles’ lead to 12, 35-23.
Lanesville responded with a 12-0 run that was sparked by five points from Adams, who finished the game with 17 points, and five from Linzie Wernert, who added 15 for the game.
Hinton said her entire team played well. She was especially pleased with Sonner’s play in the paint.
“(Sonner) made her self available in the post,” Hinton said. “We had been working on that with her because she backed off a little bit, but we challenged her in practice this week and I thought she responded well.”
She also noted the play of Campbell, who finished with 11 points, and Kennedy Gordon, who scored six of her eight points in the fourth quarter.
Boley finished with 16 points to lead the Lady Rebels, and Goodwin added nine.
After the game, both coaches were not only pleased with their teams’ performances, but were also complimentary of the job the other is doing.
“Lynne is doing a great job with her kids,” Hinton said of South Central’s coach. “I feel like they were well-coached, and they did what she asked them to do and they executed well. I like to see young female coaches, and I think she is doing a great job.”
Thomas said Lanesville’s program is setting the bar that a lot of other programs in Southern Indiana are striving for.
“They are really good,” she said. “I have watched them multiple times over the past month, and I really don’t know that there is a good way to prepare for them. They come at you at all angles. Their kids are tough both mentally and physically. Gracie Adams is probably one of the toughest kids I’ve seen play so far this season. They are well-coached, and it’s a great program. I give credit where credit is due, and credit is due for them right now.”
South Central was back on the court Thursday and lost 68-24 at Crawford County.
South Central 8 12 9 5 – 34
Lanesville 16 19 25 11 – 71
South Central (0-15, 0-3 SAC) – Lily Boley 16, Marie Goodwin 9, Kendall Kiper 4, Annabelle Faith 3, Gabby Ashby 1, Makaylie Patterson 1.
Lanesville (16-2, 4-0) – Gracie Adams 17, Morgan Sonner 16, Linzie Wernert 15, Emma Campbell 11, Kennedy Gordon 8, Elizabeth Turner 4.
3-point goals – South Central 6 (Goodwin 3, Boley 2, Faith 1); Lanesville 2 (Campbell 2).