Lanesville takes Battle trophy
Alan Stewart, Contributing Writer
In a year that’s been filled with uncertainty, one thing can positively be etched in stone: Lanesville Lady Eagles – 2020 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Battle at the First Capital tournament champions.
Senior Gracie Adams poured in 30 points, including 13 in the third quarter, to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and six steals as Lanesville held off multiple charges from tourney host Corydon Central to score a custom-made wooden trophy, 62-54, Saturday night. It was Lanesville’s first “First Capital” tourney title in the four-year history of the event, and it was just the second time Lanesville has defeated the Lady Panthers, the first since a 46-42 victory during the 1975-76 season.
“Third time is the charm here. My seniors said this was their fourth time, but I wasn’t here for that first one,” Lanesville coach Angie Hinton said with a laugh. “It’s an exciting win for our program. Anytime you can come in here against a good team and come out with a win it’s a good thing. (Corydon Central) fought all the way to the end, and we knew they would. It became a bit of a free-throw contest at the end, but we’ll take it.
“The kids were all fired up, a lot of people wanted to come to the game that couldn’t, so we tried to live stream it on Facebook,” she said. “We just talked about what a great moment for them because we’re in the same county and us being a 1A team against a 3A team.”
Multiple times throughout the fray Lanesville (4-1) extended its lead to double-digits only to have the Lady Panthers (2-2) claw back to within a field goal or two.
“You’ve got to give (our) girls credit. Against Brownstown, we got down seven or eight and came right back, and tonight it was the same thing and they worked their butts off,” said Corydon Central first-year coach Josh Conrad. “There was a chance to go the other way tonight, and they buckled down and got a few stops and stayed in it.”
The Lady Panthers were playing without Grace Erwin, who was in quarantine due to COVID-19.
Lanesville, which had all five starters — Elizabeth Turner, Linzie Wernert, Danielle Haire, Morgan Sonner and Adams — score in the opening frame, went on a 11-0 run that was halted at the first-quarter buzzer on a long bomb by Corydon Central sophomore Bailey Orme to make it 17-9.
In the second quarter, the Lady Eagles were up 23-12 before Corydon Central found traction with sophomore Ava Weber going for an old-fashioned 3-point play and a pair of free throws and Orme draining her second triple to slice the deficit to three, 23-20.
Lanesville closed out the half with buckets by Wernert and Adams for a 27-20 lead.
There was a scare a few ticks into the third quarter when Lanesville’s Wernert and Corydon Central’s Kayla Willoughby dove for a loose ball out of bounds and both crashed hard into the bleachers. Willoughby popped up to her feet, while Wernert stayed on the ground. After being tended to by trainers and checked out for a head injury, she later re-entered the game.
Neither club gained much of an advantage in the period, with Adams taking advantage of Corydon Central’s defense to buoy her club to a 46-36 lead heading to the final eight minutes.
“Adams is really good, and our kids did a really good job feeding her the ball when we needed it,” Hinton said. “They went box-and-one on her, and we just isolated her down in the post. We try to get kids in areas where they can score. Our outside shooting wasn’t very good tonight, but we moved the ball and did other things, and whatever our weakness was tonight we tried to make up for it in different ways.”
The Lady Eagles carved their biggest lead of the game at 51-36 with 6:30 left, and Corydon Central chopped it down to 59-54 with :33 left but could get no closer.
“We got better offensively in the second half, and that helped us defensively because we were able to set things up and apply a little bit of pressure,” Conrad said. “Adams gets the ball and she’s probably going to score. She’s just that good. We’ll watch some tape and show there were times where she’d get the ball and, just two seconds before, we ran past her. You have to know where she’s at. We gave up too many points off offensive rebounds.”
After Adams, Lanesville’s top scorers were Wernert (9), Haire (8) and Sonner (7).
Lanesville was 23 of 52 (44%) from the field, went 4 for 20 on threes and sank 12 of 22 tries from the foul stripe. Corydon Central wound up 18 of 45 (40%), 3 for 14 on threes and went 15 of 24 at the line. While the Lady Panthers out-rebounded Lanesville 36-29, the Lady Eagles had eight fewer turnovers, 26-18.
Weber finished with a team-high 18 points with Willoughby coming through with 13. Jessica Fulk had nine, and Orme had eight for the Lady Panthers.
“Both Northeast Dubois and Lanesville tried to pack it in on (Weber) and tried take away her 15-foot in game and she still figured out a way to score. She still needs to get a little more comfortable cutting and being a little more elusive and not stop moving because it’ll make her life a little bit easier, but she does compete and play hard and she’s only a sophomore,” Conrad said.
He also praised the play of Fulk and Orme.
“They did a really good job taking care of the basketball and getting up and down the court,” Conrad said. “They never stop. They have motors on them, and they just continuously work. They are fun to coach and watch on court.”
“Corydon has a good, young team with some nice players and some interchangeable parts. We obviously wanted to slow Weber down some. That was a big key for us. We didn’t want to give up a lot of threes either. We were trying to change things up and put some different looks out there,” Hinton said. “Sometimes we have kids step up at different moments, and we were changing things in and out. I think that confuses teams sometimes with different personnel on the floor and different looks. When I can get my big guards out there, it really bothers people. We try to play hard and emphasize that. We are definitely still growing.”
Hinton said her club had a balanced attack in its semi-final win Saturday morning against Boonville.
“We had some good outside shooting and had our legs under us. We got a lot of contributions in that game. Kennedy (Gordon) came in and did a really nice job for us handling the ball and moving the ball. When I can keep her focused out on the floor, she really helps us with our guard play. We are kind of guard-play-by-committee right now and it’s whoever is kind of stepping up. Gracie was good again, (Emma) Campbell hit some outside shots for us and opened things up for us. Dani (Haire) was strong and played hard for us and made a three. Our kids did a good job against their post. (Mackenzie) Pavey came in off the bench in the fourth quarter and put her body into their big girl and did some nice things for us,” Hinton said.
After a season-opening setback to Class 4A Bedford-North Lawrence, Lanesville has won four straight and climbed back to No. 5 in the Class A rankings. The Lady Eagles will take the win streak to New Albany tomorrow (Thursday) to face Christian Academy of Indiana (0-2) before returning home Saturday night to host West Washington (1-1).
Corydon Central will host South Central (0-3) on Friday before traveling to New Albany (1-2) Saturday evening.
Lanesville 17 10 19 16 – 62
Corydon Central 9 11 16 18 – 54
Lanesville (4-1) – Adams 30, Wernert 9, Haire 8, Sonner 7, Campbell 3, Turner 3, Gordon 2
Corydon Central (2-2) – Weber 18, Willoughby 13, Fulk 9, Orme 8, Cantrell 4, Adams 2
3-point goals – Lanesville 4 (Adams 3, Haire 1); Corydon Central 3 (Orme 2, Fulk 1).
Lanesville 20 17 14 14 – 65
Boonville 4 15 9 7 – 35
Lanesville (3-1) – Adams 21, Campbell 14, Gordon 8, Haire 7, Kerr 5, Wernert 4, Pavey 2, Sonner 2, Turner 2
Boonville (1-1) – Brandenberger 15, Foster 14, Lutz 2, Mayes 2.
3-point goals – Lanesville 6 (Campbell 3, Adams 2, Haire 1); Boonville 3 (Brandenberger 3).
Corydon Central 19 8 15 15 – 57
Northeast Dubois 4 14 17 6 – 41
Corydon Central (2-1) – Weber 19, Fulk 16, Orme 10, Willoughby 8, Cantrell 4
Northeast Dubois (3-1) – Kalb 13, Sander 11, Knies 9, B. Royer 6, A. Royer 2
3-point goals – Corydon Central 3 (Orme 2, Fulk 1); Northeast Dubois 7 (Sander 3, Kalb 2, Knies 2).
Lanesville 6 15 10 16 – 47
Southridge 8 8 9 8 – 33
Lanesville (2-1) – Adams 17, Campbell 9, Wernert 9, Sonner 6, Kerr 4, Pavey 2
Southridge (0-2) – Nalley 16, Montgomery 9, Kerkoff 6, Mattingly 2.
3-point goals – Lanesville 2 (Campbell 1, Adams 1); Southridge 3 (Montgomery 2, Nalley 1).
Providence 2 4 1 1 – 8
Corydon Central 22 11 14 14 – 61
Corydon Central (1-1) – Weber 22, Fulk 12, Cantrell 6, Willoughby 6, Cannon 4, Orme 4, Sailor 3, Adams 2, Ferguson 2
Providence (0-2) – Harrod 3, Kaiser 2, Froy 2, Waldron 1
3-point goals – Corydon Central 2 (Fulk 2).