Lanesville’s slow start results in loss to CAI
George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]
In a potential sectional match up, Lanesville got behind early and then came up short in a 68-60 loss Friday at Christian Academy of Indiana.
The Eagles trailed by as many as 22 points late in the third quarter before making a run to get back in the game.
“Credit to Christian Academy, they played a lot more physical and got after us early and we didn’t respond,” said Eagles’ coach Mikel Miller. “They were the more aggressive team for the first three quarters, and then we kind of showed what we could do in the fourth. We turned it into a couple possessions game after being down 20 at one point.”
Up 15 points, 43-28, Christian Academy scored seven points in a row, giving the Warriors their biggest lead at 50-22.
The Eagles then began the long climb to get back in the contest.
A basket by Griffen Reynolds at the end of the third quarter trimmed CAI’s lead to 20, 50-30.
Jonas Powers scored in the early moments of the fourth quarter, and a quick four points by Connor Nolot pulled Lanesville to within 14, 50-36.
The Warriors answered with four points of their own, and then the two teams traded baskets.
Trip Dillion III got four points for the Eagles, and Nolot stole the ball and got fouled going to the basket for two. He missed the shot but drilled both free throws, cutting CAI’s lead to 13, 57-44 with 3:15 remaining in the game.
Powers hit one of two free throws to pull the Eagles even closer, but then Christian Academy gained more cushion after TJ Proctor scored two of his game-high 24 points. The Warriors stretched the lead even larger when Brady Dunn scored on an offensive put-back.
After Dunn’s basket, it became a free-throw battle for Christian Academy.
Justin Bailey, Ethan Schickel and Reynolds each hit three for Lanesville in the final minutes, and Powers and Schickel hit two-point shots, but the Warriors converted 7 of 10 free throws to keep a comfortable margin.
“They are a solid team, and they have a lot of nice players,” Miller said of Christian Academy. “They are formidable and they out-played us tonight.”
In the opening minutes of the contest, Lanesville traded punches with the host Warriors.
Dillion got eight of his 16 points in the opening portion of the first quarter. His fourth basket pulled Lanesville to within two points before a Christian Academy run that saw the Warriors score nine unanswered points to end the first quarter leading 20-8.
In the second quarter, the two teams traded baskets, which didn’t allow Lanesville to make up any ground.
The Eagles got points from Powers, Schickel, Nolot and Dillion to keep the margin at 11, 27-16.
Four points by the Warriors extended their lead to 15 before the Eagles drained a three from half court at the first-half buzzer, pulling them back to down 12, 31-19.
The early part of the third quarter was all Christian Academy. The Warriors went on a 12-4 run to build the big lead before the Eagles started their comeback.
“We played aggressive the first few minutes, and then Christian Academy hit a few shots,” Miller said. “It was like a boxing match; they kind of punched us and we didn’t respond real well.”
He said his team was able to get back in the game when it began to match Christian Academy’s aggressive style.
“We did a lot of dribbling too many times early in this game and didn’t really get anywhere,” Miller said. “We were moving the ball east to west instead of north and south. We started attacking late and either got some baskets, got fouled and went to the free throw line or was able to kick it out for an open three.”
Nolot added 13 points for the Eagles, and Powers contributed 10.
Christian Academy is 8-6 and has won two games in a row. The Warriors are one of the favorites to win Class A Sectional 61, which means the Eagles may have to face them again. Should there be a rematch, Miller said the Eagles will have to evaluate the good and the bad from Friday’s game.
“I think there are things you can take away from this that you did well that you can maybe build upon and stuff,” he said. “More importantly, we have to look at what we did to get ourselves in the hole where we had to dig ourselves out of it again.”
Lanesville rebounded from Friday’s loss by beating Orleans 70-51 on Saturday, improving its mark to 8-6 on the season. The Eagles are currently 3-0 in the Southern Athletic Conference in a two-way tie with New Washington for the outright lead.
The Eagles will host North Harrison on Friday before traveling to Clarksville on Saturday.
Lanesville 8 11 11 30 – 60
Christian Academy 20 11 19 18 – 68
Lanesville (8-6) – Trip Dillion III 16, Connor Nolot 13, Jonas Powers 10, Ethan Schickel 7, Jacob Wernert 4, Justin Bailey 3, Ashton Smith 3, Mason Miller 2, Griffen Reynolds 2.
Christian Academy (8-6) – TJ Proctor 24, Bailey Conrad 10, Caleb Doss 10, Brady Dunn 7, Nick Conrad 6, Christopher Ballew 4, Ethan Carrier 4, Josh Hahn 3.
3-point goals – Lanesville 6 (Nolot 2, Bailey 1, Powers 1, Reynolds 1, Schickel 1); Christian Academy 7 (Proctor 2, N. Conrad 2, B. Conrad 1, Doss 1, Dunn 1).