Lanesville takes care of business in opening round
George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]
The Lanesville Lady Eagles wasted little time in dismantling Christian Academy of Indiana in the opening game Feb. 4 of Class1 A Sectional 61 at New Washington.
The Lady Eagles built a big first-half lead and continued to pour it on in the second on their way to a 57-25 win.
“I thought we did some good things,” said Lanesville coach Angie Hinton. “The kids came out and played like they knew we needed to take care of business. We felt pretty confident coming into the game, but we also wanted to do things right. Our focus was not turning the ball over and playing solid defense.”
If those were the goals, mission accomplished. Lanesville committed just nine turnovers throughout the entire game and also never let the Lady Warriors score more than single digits in any of the four quarters.
The Lady Eagles opened the game on a 14-0 run with Linzie Wernert, Grace Adams and Morgan Sonner combining to score all 14 of those points.
Christian Academy finally found its way into the scoring column with 2:36 remaining in the first quarter when Erin Stensrud hit two free throws. The Lady Warriors scored again with one minute on the first-quarter clock to pull to within 10, 14-4.
Just like they did to open the game, the Lady Eagles went on another run to begin the second quarter.
Adams scored seven more of her game-high 16 points that put Lanesville up 15, 21-6.
Two free throws by Elizabeth Turner, a basket by Wernert and another two from Adams stretched the lead to 21, 27-6.
A free throw by Wernert and a two from Kennedy Gordon were answered with four points from Christian Academy, making the half-time score 30-10.
If the Lady Warriors had any hopes of mounting a comeback, they were dashed quickly in the third quarter. Emma Campbell knocked down a three, and Georgia Brumley, who was Lanesville’s second-leading scorer with nine points, hit three from behind the arc.
Hinton said it was good to see Brumley shoot the ball with confidence.
“Georgia came in and made some shots, and Campbell made some early,” Hinton said. “I had taken Georgia out for a couple of possessions because she wasn’t looking for her shot and she didn’t have her feet set, ready to shoot. It’s not that we necessarily want her to shoot it every time, but she wasn’t ever ready to shoot. I told her I pulled her out because she didn’t shoot the ball. We want all of our kids ready to shoot every time they catch it. Her first three she banked in and that’s OK because it loosened her up to knock down the others.”
If there was one area Hinton wasn’t overly pleased with, it was her team’s passing. She said ball movement is something they must continue to work on.
“We weren’t real sharp passing the ball early, but, as the half went on, we got better at it,” she said. “We moved the ball, which led to us getting into our offense a little better. We play two freshmen who haven’t played in a sectional atmosphere, so we are trying to get them loosened up a little bit. Plus, we play a couple of other young kids who haven’t been in this situation, as well.”
Adams and Brumley led the way for Lanesville, and Wernert also added nine points. In addition to those three, six other Lady Eagles made their way into the scoring column.
Emma Fletcher scored nine points to lead the Lady Warriors.
With the win, Lanesville improved to 21-3 and set up a rematch with Rock Creek Academy, which drew the bye and entered the tournament with just one win.
Hinton admitted that her team would be the overwhelming favorite against the Lady Lions but said they wanted to take a similar approach as they did against Christian Academy of Indiana.
“Our kids know I will never let up no matter who we are playing,” Hinton said. “They know I am going to expect them to run the offense, get where we belong, make good passes and not turn the ball over. We need to be ready to shoot and defend and, hopefully, we will get to continue to play some more kids and get them sectional experience.”
In the second game Feb. 4, sectional host New Washington won in convincing fashion, 44-17, over Borden. The Lady Mustangs improved to 12-11 overall and earned a trip into the semi-finals against South Central.
Christian Academy 4 6 8 7 – 25
Lanesville 14 16 19 8 – 57
Christian Academy (6-14) – Emma Fletcher 9, Erin Stensrud 6, Ella McCoy 4, Lilly Yates 4, Julia Yates 2.
Lanesville (21-3) – Grace Adams 16, Georgia Brumley 9, Linzie Wernert 9, Morgan Sonner 8, Kennedy Gordon 6, Emma Campbell 3, Hailey Gowens 2, Danielle Haire 2, Elizabeth Turner 2.
3-point goals – Lanesville 5 (Brumley 3, Adams 1, Campbell 1).