Depth pays off in Lanesville’s win over Orleans
George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]
One of the major strengths of the second-ranked Lanesville girls’ basketball team this season is its depth. The Lady Eagles needed — and got — a much-needed spark from reserves in a 58-41 win over visiting Orleans on Jan. 21.
Two of the biggest sparks came from sophomore Emma Campbell and junior Danielle Haire. They both entered the game with Lanesville trailing in the first half and helped to turn around the game.
“Danielle Haire came in the first half and gave us a lot of energy, and Campbell knocked down some shots and that picked up some of our other players,” Angie Hinton, coach of the Lady Eagles, said. “Those girls compete every day in practice, as does our team. Sure, we have five starters who start the game, but that doesn’t mean they will be the five who finish the game.
“Everyone who came off our bench tonight did a great job for us,” she said.
The Lady Eagles seemed to be flat until Haire checked in off the bench. With her team trailing 14-4 to the Lady Bulldogs, Haire went to work on the boards. She grabbed two offensive rebounds on one possession. Those extra shots on the offensive end eventually led to a three-point basket by Campbell.
Campbell’s basket cut the Orleans’ lead in half, 14-7, and seemed to relax her teammates. Several turnovers by the Lady Bulldogs led to two free throws from Grace Adams.
Haire found her way into the scoring column with four points to end the first quarter, which pulled Lanesville to within three, 16-13.
The Lady Eagles may have found their offense, but the defense hadn’t caught up. Orleans stayed in front and maintained that lead because of the shooting of Sheridan Robbins.
Robbins scored 20 points in the first half. Her third three of the first half put Orleans on top 23-18 and that lead expanded to eight, 26-18, when Lily Salina converted an old-fashioned three-point play.
Haire again provided a spark. She scored in the paint off an assist by Linzie Wernert and was fouled on the play. Haire hit the free throw, and Lanesville was back to within five, 26-21, with 3:05 remaining until halftime.
A turnover by Orleans led to another three by Campbell, who had three behind the arc in the first half.
Elizabeth Turner joined the scoring for Lanesville. Her basket tied the score at 26.
The Lady Eagles had the ball in the final seconds of the first half, and Hinton called for her squad to take the final shot before the break. Lanesville’s attempt to milk the remainder of the first-half clock came up short, and a long rebound led to an easy basket by Robbins on the Orleans’ end. She was fouled on the play and converted the free throw, giving the Lady Bulldogs a three-point advantage, 29-26, at halftime.
Lanesville remained in the locker room for the entirety of intermission and, when they returned to the court, they looked like a top-ranked team.
Thanks to a basket by Morgan Sonner, a free throw from Wernert, another basket by Haire and one by Turner, the Lady Eagles found themselves in the lead, 34-32.
The two teams traded free throws, two from Wernert and Campbell, who hit three after being fouled in the act of shooting a three-point shot, put Lanesville in front 39-34 heading into the final eight minutes.
The Lady Eagles continued to attack and, even though they only had two field goals in the final quarter, they got to the charity stripe and knocked down 15 of 20 on their way to the win.
Leading scorer for the Lady Eagles was Campbell with 17 points. Wernert added 13, and Haire scored nine.
Robbins was the leading scorer for Orleans but, after throwing in 20 in the first half, she managed just one point in the second half.
Hinton said as her team prepared for Orleans they talked about Robbins’ ability to score. She said they didn’t get the message, and that was the focus of the half-time conversation.
“At halftime, we talked about some different things very sternly and made some adjustments on both ends of the floor,” Hinton said. “They responded for us. I challenged every one of them, all in different ways for different things.
“Robbins is a heck of a player, and we told the kids, ‘She is going to be one of the best players you play against all year’,” she said. “She played well against us last year, and she was even better this year. As ready as we tried to get our kids, they weren’t ready when the ball went up.”
Hinton said one of the adjustments at halftime was to make sure Robbins didn’t have room to move and she even had an extra player nearby to help defend the Bulldogs’ player.
Lanesville followed the win over Orleans with a 68-29 victory Thursday over the Clarksville Lady Generals.
Orleans 16 13 5 7 – 41
Lanesville 13 13 13 19 – 58
Orleans (15-6) – Sheridan Robbins 21, Lily Saliba 10, Jacqulin Gerkin 5, Brooklyn Knight 3, Hailee Powell 2.
Lanesville (20-2) – Emma Campbell 17, Linzie Wernert 13, Danielle Haire 9, Grace Adams 7, Elizabeth Turner 6, Georgia Brumley 4, Morgan Sonner 2.
3-point goals: Orleans 5 (Robbins 3, Gerkin 1, Saliba 1); Lanesville 3 (Campbell 3).