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Nolot’s 29 lead Eagles to homecoming win over Charlestown

Nolot’s 29 lead Eagles to homecoming win over Charlestown
Nolot’s 29 lead Eagles to homecoming win over Charlestown
Lanesville senior Connor Nolot puts up a shot in the Eagles’ 76-54 win over Charlestown Saturday might. Nolot led all scorers with 29 points. Photo by Amanda Arnold
Mike Arnold, Contributing Writer

Lanesville senior Connor Nolot poured in 29 points as the host Eagles turned back Charlestown 76-54 in boys’ basketball homecoming action Saturday night.

Nolot nailed three three-pointers, including back-to-back treys three minutes into the third period, which helped key a critical Lanesville charge as the Eagles broke open a game that was close for two quarters. The Eagles, who improved to 9-8, trailed 32-30 at halftime but outscored Charlestown 25-13 during that third-period push. Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said some half-time adjustments translated to solid offensive looks for his team as it saw better offensive production.

“We tried to spread the floor a little bit more and got to the basket,” Miller added.

As the third period opened, Lanesville got baskets by Tripp Dillon III sandwiched around an Ethan Schickel bucket to go up 36-32 at the six-minute mark. On the next possession, Charlestown’s Matthew Henning drilled a three-pointer to pull the Pirates within one at 36-35, but they would get no closer as Lanesville, powered by Nolot’s threes, four points from Jacob Wernert and five from Justin Bailey, including another three, went up 51-39 with a minute remaining in the period. Charlestown managed a 6-2 burst to cut the lead to eight, 53-45, but Bailey connected on two free throws to make it 55-45 with one quarter to play.

Miller said his team locked in defensively in the fourth period and, as it began to press, was able to force several turnovers.

“The second half was better defensively,” he added. “We were able to convert those live-ball turnovers into easy baskets.”

Nolot’s hot hand was evident in the final period as he collected 11 of his points, all of which helped comprise a 14-3 run (Bailey also hit a three-pointer) for the Eagles as they built a 71-49 advantage with 2:35 to go. Several of Nolot’s buckets during that stretch were put-backs, coming after one of his team-high seven rebounds. Miller said Nolot was active all night and was able to find some space on the offensive end after facing double-teams in most games this season.

“Tonight, he was able to get loose,” Miller said.

Things weren’t as smooth for Lanesville to begin the game, as Charlestown built an 11-4 advantage. Miller said he felt like his team didn’t bring the proper amount of energy initially, and he addressed that with his players during an early timeout.

“We let them get a few too many easy shots,” Miller said.

The Pirates extended their advantage to 16-6 at the 4:22 mark of the first period. It wasn’t enough, however, as Lanesville ended the first on a 5-0 run (trailing 16-11 after one) and ripped off 10 straight to begin the second, claiming a 21-16 advantage at the 5:02 point.

Charlestown, which fell to 3-13, answered the Eagles’ surge with a 7-0 burst, and Nolot put together back-to-back buckets, including a fast-break layup to put the Eagles back in front 25-23 with 2:28 to go in the half. Charlestown got two free throws and a three, and Bailey and Nolot answered with two from the stripe and a three, respectively, to make it 30-28 Lanesville with 50 seconds left in the second. The Pirates then got baskets on their last two possessions of the half.

Miller said he felt like his team may have lost focus defensively in the second period; however, the players executed better in the second half and that translated to a better rhythm on offense.

Bailey added 14 for the Eagles, and Dillion chipped in 10. Lanesville was 13 of 19 (68%) from the free-throw line and 28 of 54 (52%) from the field, including 7 of 14 from beyond the arc. The Eagles grabbed 27 rebounds and held an edge on the glass, which pleased Miller.

“I think we did pretty well tonight rebounding,” he said.

Charlestown was led by Ty Crace with 12 and also got 11 from Devron West. The Pirates were 6 of 12 from the line and hit 21 of 54 (39%) from the field, including 6 of 18 from distance (33%). The Pirates corralled 15 boards.

Lanesville prevailed 49-47 in the junior varsity contest, after a game-winning basket by freshman Kameron Walter with 5.6 seconds remaining helped seal the victory.

Charlestown                      16   16   13     9  –  54

Lanesville                         11   19   25   21 – 76

Charlestown (3-13) – Crace 12, West 11, Brown 9, Craig 5, Davis 5, Henning 3, Rothbauer 3, Cook 2, Crawford 2, Wagers 2.

Lanesville (9-8) – Nolot 29, Bailey 14, Dillon III 10, Wernert 6, Schickel 4, Byers 3, Miller 3, Smith 3, Powers 2, Walter 2.

3-point goals – Lanesville 7 (Nolot 3, Bailey 2, Byers 1, Smith); Charlestown 6 (Crace 2, Brown 1, Davis 1, Henning 1, Rothbauer 1).