Lady Rebels no match for Adams, Lanesville
Alan Stewart, Contributing Writer
Senior Gracie Adams could do little wrong last Tuesday night as the No. 2-ranked (Class 1A) Lanesville girls’ basketball team throttled South Central in Elizabeth, 90-25.
Adams erupted for 32 points — many on soft, mid-range jumpers that were nothing but nylon — on 14 of 19 shooting with 11 rebounds for the 31st double-double of her career, two assists and a steal in the contest, which, for all intents and purposes was over after the first quarter, ended with the visitors on top, 24-8.
With her 32-point outburst and after scoring 18 against Springs Valley a few days later, Adams is on the cusp of setting the all-time scoring record — for boys and girls (which she already owns) — at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School. Adams has 1,598 points and needs 22 to best the 1,619 points of Chris VanHoose.
“I thought Gracie was in rhythm, very fluid with her shot,” Lanesville coach Angie Hinton said. “After the layoff before Christmas, she was flat in the game versus Tecumseh, but tonight really had her legs back again. When she is shooting like that, it is fun to sit back and watch.”
“They are a good group. I feel like I said the same thing about them last year,” South Central coach Lynne Johnson said. “Gracie Adams is tough. She has a knack for the ball, works hard and they have a lot of other girls on their team who work hard. They are obviously well-coached and disciplined and are a good ball club.”
Lanesville (14-2) opened the contest with a 9-0 run, including a triple by Linzie Wernert, before Kendall Kiper put South Central (1-9) on the board at the 6:14 mark. Kiper hit a pair of frees after Morgan Sonner hit inside for the Lady Eagles, which were countered by two free throws from Adams. South Central’s Millie Spencer got in the book with a bucket before Lanesville went on a 11-0 run powered by six points from Adams, who had 11 in the frame.
The Lady Eagles’ onslaught continued in the second quarter with an 18-0 run that was stopped by Lily Boley, who led the way for the Lady Rebels with 11 points, with 2:51 remaining in the half. Boley scored a couple of more times, including a deep three, with a pair of charity tosses by Lanesville’s Ava Kerr with one second left to set the half-time score at 50-15.
South Central managed a lone point in the third on a free throw by Kayla Kaufer with 51 ticks remaining to make the third-period score 68-16.
“It’s been a rough three weeks for our group. We lost two players who won’t be coming back, so we are down to eight,” Johnson said. “Then, we were shut down for a full 12 days because of COVID. We had three practices and had a game, one practice and then tonight, so, as far as gym time, we have been super limited.
“I could tell after the Providence game that we were out of shape again, and we had to rearrange our lineup,” she said. “It’s kind of like Day One of practice started after we got back from Christmas, I feel like. And then tonight we had an injury (Gabby Ashby) and it’s not looking like she’ll be with us for a little bit, so now we’re down to seven.”
After Adams, Wernert came through for 15 points and Kerr scored 10. Other top rebounders were Wernert with nine, Sonner with eight, Pavey with six and Kennedy Gordon with five (to go along with five assists).
“Morgan and Linzie have both been very solid. Liz was very active on the defensive end,” Hinton said. “After the layoff and then Christmas break, they were all a little out of rhythm, but tonight was good to get things going again.”
Lanesville was 38-76 (50%) from the field and 33% from beyond the arc on 6-18 shooting. The Lady Eagles were a perfect 8-8 at the foul stripe, grabbed 50 boards and had eight turnovers.
South Central, which was forced into 23 miscues, went 9 of 38 (24%) from the floor, 2 of 16 from beyond the arc (12%) and hit 5 of 8 at the line. The Lady Rebels had 20 rebounds, with almost half of those coming in the third quarter.
Spencer scored seven for the Lady Rebels, followed by six from Kiper. South Central was coming off a 54-28 loss to Providence on Jan. 2. After falling behind 19-2 after one quarter of action, South Central never recovered in the setback to Providence.
Boley scored 14 with Kiper reaching double figures with 11 points.
After defeating South Central, Lanesville went on to hand Springs Valley its eighth loss of the season, 60-28, on Thursday.
Playing at the site of this year’s Class 1A girls’ basketball regional, Adams scored 18 with four rebounds (giving her 817 for her career), six assists and four steals in the contest. Sonner, Wernert and Gordon each added eight points apiece. Wernert and Haire also tallied three assists in the victory.
The Lady Eagles are slated to host Trinity Lutheran tomorrow (Thursday) in a No. 1-2 matchup of Class 1A.
Lanesville 15 21 14 10 – 60
Springs Valley 4 7 9 8 – 28
Lanesville (14-2) – Adams 18, Gordon 8, Wernert 8, Sonner 8, Turner 7, Pavey 5, Haire 4, Campbell 2.
Springs Valley (4-8) – N/A.
3-point goals – Lanesville 3 (Turner 1, Adams 1, Pavey 1).
Lanesville 24 26 18 22 – 90
South Central 8 7 1 9 – 25
Lanesville (13-2, 3-0 SAC) – Adams 32, Wernert 15, Kerr 10, Campbell 8, Sonner 8, Turner 7, Davis 4, Haire 4, Pavey 2.
South Central (1-8, 0-2) – Boley 11, Spencer 7, Kiper 6, Kaufer 1.
3-point goals – Lanesville 6 (Adams 2, Campbell 2, Turner 1, Wernert 1); South Central 2 (Boley 1, Spencer 1).
Providence 19 13 14 8 – 54
South Central 2 13 3 10 – 28
Providence – N/A
South Central (1-7) – Boley 14, Kiper 11, Spencer 2, Ashby 1.
3-point goals – Providence N/A; South Central 2 (Boley 1, Kiper 1).