Adams pours in 47 as Lanesville routs WW
Chris Timberlake, Staff Writer, [email protected]
In this most unconventional high school basketball season, the Lanesville Lady Eagles honored their seniors during the home opener Saturday, and, if the results are any indication, maybe every night should be senior night.
In fact, it may not be the last this season.
“As a coach, you like to see all your kids involved, so that was a fun night,” said Lanesville coach Angie Hinton. “Nice way to have a senior night. We did a senior night early so we could recognize those kids for sure, and we’ll probably have another one. If we make it to the end of the season, we’ll have another one, and that’s OK because these kids have worked really hard in the program, and you certainly want to see all those kids recognized.”
Senior forward Gracie Adams stood on the court with her classmates during pre-game ceremonies, was later honored for becoming the school’s all-time scoring leader, then padded that mark with a career-high 47-point performance as the Lady Eagles (6-1) left no doubt in a 79-33 thrashing of West Washington (3-2) for their sixth straight win.
“It was special to be out there with all the other seniors I’ve been able to play with ever since seventh, eighth grade,” said Adams. “Our community’s still out here in the middle of a pandemic, comes to Corydon (last week). I’m glad we’re able to have everybody here to support us.
“Any game can be our last with everything that’s going on right now, so we’ve just got to give it our all all the time,” she said.
Adams’ previous career best was a 41-point outburst against Rock Creek Community Academy during her sophomore season.
“I was just really proud of her,” said Hinton. “She was kind of on a roll and tonight was the night I was just going to let her roll. Big night for her. Big night for the seniors.”
For the second consecutive game, the Lady Eagles blanked the opposition in the first quarter. Sophomore Linzie Wernert got the Lady Eagles rolling with an eight-foot jumper. Danielle Haire followed with a bucket inside on an assist from Wernert, then Adams scored six straight points for a 10-0 lead a little over four minutes into the game.
The Lady Eagles, now tied for fourth in the state’s Class 1A rankings, closed the first quarter scoring with a Mackenzie Pavey three-pointer followed by buckets from Adams and Haire, and the lead was 17-0 headed to the second quarter.
“The girls really executed things tonight,” said Hinton. “It was really fun to kind of sit back and watch because they’ve been working very hard and things don’t always pan out sometimes in games, but tonight it just seemed like everything clicked.”
West Washington’s Alandra Johnson ended the scoring drought for her team with a pull-up jumper to start the second period, and teammate Madison Brown knocked down a three-pointer a little later; however the Lady Eagles scored the final 21 points of the quarter for a 47-5 half-time lead.
“We have length that we’ve had in previous years,” said Adams, “but we’re using it now and we’re getting up in everybody’s grill trying to get up on them, and they don’t like that and didn’t like that intensity, so it’s worked to our advantage.”
Adams had 29 points by intermission then added 18 on nine buckets in the second half. All told, she made 22 of 31 shots from the field.
Adams now has 1,428 career points after passing Wendy Gleitz on the school’s all-time scoring list with a 30-point outburst at Corydon Central the previous week. Gleitz scored 1,342 points during her Lanesville career from 1985 to 1989.
“I’ve been able to work with my coaches that have helped me get my shot right from the beginning,” said Adams. “And I’ve been able to keep practicing it every day, and my teammates do a great job getting me open.”
Last Thursday night the Lady Eagles raced to a 25-0 lead after one quarter en route to an 84-5 win at Christian Academy of Indiana.
Lanesville placed five scorers in double figures led by Adams with 16 points. Classmate Elizabeth Turner added 15 followed by 12 and 11, respectively, from freshmen Ava Kerr and Jane Davis, and 11 points by Wernert.
West Washington 0 5 9 19 – 33
Lanesville 17 30 16 16 – 79
West Washington (3-2) – L. Griffitts 19, Mad. Brown 10, Johnson 2, Nance 2.
Lanesville (6-1) – Adams 47, Wernert 8, Haire 7, Campbell 6, Pavey 3, Sonner 3, Turner 3, Gordon 2.
3-point goals – West Washington 6 (L. Griffits 4, Mad. Brown 2); Lanesville 8 (Adams 3, Wernert 2, Haire 1, Pavey 1, Sonner 1).
Lanesville 25 19 23 17 – 84
Christian Academy 0 2 0 3 – 5
Lanesville (5-1) – Adams 16, Turner 15, Kerr 12, J. Davis 11, Wernert 11, Gordon 8, Campbell 5, Haire 3, Pavey 3.
Christian Academy – N/A
3-point goals (0-4) – Lanesville 8 (Adams 2, Campbell 1, J. Davis 1, Haire 1, Pavey 1, Turner 1, Wernert 1).