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Lanesville soars past South, 68-42

Lanesville soars past South, 68-42
Lanesville soars past South, 68-42
Eagles Mason Miller, bottom, Kameron Walter and Ty Tidstrom triple-team Christian Kiper of South Central in the low post during Friday night’s game at Lanesville. Photos by Alan Stewart
Alan Stewart, Contributing Writer

With an aggressive defense, an offense that continually found its way to the rim and solid free-throw shooting, Lanesville’s boys’ basketball team surged ahead of South Central Friday night in a Southern Athletic Conference tilt, 68-42.

The host Eagles (7-3) were outscored by one in the second half, 28-27, but an 18-0 run to start the second quarter in holding the visitors to just one field goal in the frame — and going 23 of 33 at the stripe overall — was enough to put away the visitors (0-5), who, due to COVID quarantines, were playing their first game since Dec. 12.

“Their zone bothered us some and, when they made their big run, that hurt us. We didn’t get in the positions we needed to be in and they are a little longer than we are, so we struggled up top of their zone,” South Central coach Greg Robinson said. “They did a nice job contesting the shots that we took, and we didn’t do a very good job of moving ourselves; They did a good job defending our penetration with some good help and good recovery to the guys who were shooting when we kicked it back out. And,  we didn’t shoot the ball very well; there’s no candy-coating that one. We got some pretty good looks and they just didn’t go in, and Lanesville maybe made us hurry those shots a little bit. That’s a recipe for disaster.

“For us, it’s a matter of trust and having the trust that you have a chance at getting the ball back, and we don’t have that right now. It shows in how we run our offense,” he said. “Until our team starts trusting each other, we’re going to struggle. We have the potential to be a pretty decent team, but we’ve got to trust each other. If we run our offense properly, everyone has a chance to get involved.”

Playing in front of a crowd limited to immediate family members and essential staff, a steal and lay-in at the buzzer by Wesley Wilson trimmed Lanesville’s lead to 15-8 at the first stop, but the hosts pulled away in the second quarter.

Ashton Smith bombed a triple to start the 18-0 run, which was built on 12 points and 6-of-6 shooting at the line by senior Mason Miller and points from Carter Smith, Kameron Walter, Jack Crosby and Ethan Schickel. After each basket during the run, the Lanesville bench and junior varsity players erupted in cheers.

“Even if you have a full crowd, you want your kids to be like that. You want to cheer for your teammates. You should be their best cheerleader whether you are in or you are watching. I thought we did an outstanding job of
that … ,” Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said.

Wilson, who was the only Rebel to score in the second quarter, sank a pair of charity tosses at the 2:40 mark to end the scoring drought. He hit another with 2:14 left and broke through for his team’s only  field goal of the period with 1:22 remaining to make it 39-13.

Miller sank two frees with nine seconds left to close out the first-half scoring at 41-14.

Lanesville held South Central to 1-13 shooting and 0-9 on threes in the second period. It also held the Rebels’ gunner, Lucas Stewart, scoreless in the half.

“Cutting off Stewart’s driving and not letting him get to the basket easily was something we really wanted to focus on and then getting out on their shooters,” Miller said. “They’ve got four or five kids who I consider pretty good shooters, and trying to get a hand up and make them put it on the floor and stuff and make them handle the ball is what we wanted to do. For the most part, we did that. We didn’t play a clean game, but we did a lot of things well.”

Stewart scored four points in the third quarter but fouled out of the contest with 1:13 left. South Central’s only sustained drive in the frame came early on when the club outscored Lanesville, 9-2, with a pair of frees from Christian Kiper, Stewart’s baskets and a trey by Wilson to make it 47-23.

South Central scored 17 in the fourth but never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

The winners were 21 of 52 (40%) from the field, including 7 of 12 in the pivotal second quarter, and went 3 of 16 (19%) beyond the arc. Lanesville had just six turnovers and out-rebounded South Central, 38-29. The Rebels shot 14 of 39 (36%) from the floor, went 4 of 20 (20%) on triples and had 11 turnovers. South Central was 10 of 16 from the foul line.

“(South Central) played hard and competed. They had some open shots that didn’t go in, and I still think they are going to be a competitive team … ,” Miller said.

The Eagles were paced by 19 points from Mason Miller, who was 11 of 14 at the foul line followed by 14 from Walter.

“Our last handful of games we’ve had balanced scoring, and I don’t think we’ve had the same person be the leading scorer … ,” Miller said. “I’ve had kids who might (score) 18 or 20 points, but I also think it could be to your advantage to where any player from one through eight can get you some baskets. I think it becomes a little hard to scout … ”

Robinson said Lanesville did well taking the ball to the basket and drawing contact, especially Mason Miller.

“You can’t put him at the free-throw line, and we sure did. They did a lot of good things and we didn’t do many very good things and that usually ends up in a very bad loss and that’s what this was,” Robinson said.

Robinson praised Wilson’s play, along with sophomore Todd Jones.

“I thought Todd Jones played really hard and played incredible job defensively in the second half. For a sophomore, he’s pretty quick and he’s really hard-nosed,” he said. “There’re bright spots, and Jack Schmelz shot decent in the second half.”

Robinson noted this was just the fourth game for his ball club, so there’s still growth to be made as the season goes on.

“Here we are, end of the first week of January, and we are playing just our fourth game. This is basically our third season-opener,” Robinson said. “We’ve been shut down twice for 10 days and had to restart everything. Really, this is the first game for us. We went from Dec. 18 to Dec. 30 without doing anything and without practicing. This season is weird, but that’s not an excuse for us. With three pre-seasons, we should be prepared to play, and right now we aren’t there.”

Wilson led the Rebels with 13 points as the only double-digit scorer.

Both teams were back in action on Saturday. At Lanesville, a night after dropping in a pair of threes against South Central, an Ashton Smith triple with :33 remaining was the deciding bucket in a 50-47 come-from-behind victory over Corydon Central (2-8). Smith scored all 12 of his points on four three-pointers.

Jonas Powers paced the Eagles with 14 points and Kameron Walter added 11. Koleton Kaiser scored 17 to lead Corydon Central. Tyler Fessel had 13.

Meanwhile, at Mitchell on Saturday, South Central trailed by 13 at halftime, 16 early in the third quarter and then rallied to within two early in the final eight minutes. Unfortunately, they couldn’t seal the deal and fell to Mitchell (2-2), 61-54.

“We played 100% better than we did Friday,” South coach Greg Robinson said.

Stewart led the way with 13 points, with Wilson and Kiper adding 10 apiece.

South Central is scheduled to host Crothersville on Jan. 22 and travel to Rock Creek Community Academy on Jan. 26, while Lanesville is slated to host Christian Academy of Indiana (4-3) on Friday and head to Orleans (5-1) on Saturday.

Corydon Central           16   12   13     6 – 47

Lanesville                      12   12   11   15 – 50

Corydon Central (2-8) – Kaiser 17, Fessel 13, Martin 7, Weber 6, Holton 2, Ables 2.

Lanesville (7-2) – Powers 14, A. Smith 12, Walter 11, C. Smith 6, Tidstrom 3, Mas. Miller 2, Wernert 2.

3-point goals – Corydon Central 6 (Kaiser 3, Fessel 2, Martin 1); Lanesville 4 (A. Smith 4).

South Central                   9   13   16   16 – 54

Mitchell                            17   18   11   15 – 61

South Central (0-5) – Stewart 13, Kiper 10, Wilson 10, Baker 6, Thomas 6, Dixon 3, Schmelz 2, Jones 2, Farnsley 2.

Mitchell (2-2) – Reynolds 13, Mundy 12, Wigley 9, Barlow 8, Fields 5, Seitzinger 5, Sheperd 4, England 3, Lee 2.

3-point goals – South Central 2 (Dixon 1, Baker 1); Mitchell 6 (Reynolds 2, Seitzinger 1, Wigley 1, Mundy 1, England 1.

South Central                  8     6   11   17 – 42

Lanesville                       15   26   12   15 – 68

South Central (0-4, 0-2 SAC) – Wilson 13, Kiper 8, Liebert 5, Thomas 5, Jones 4, Stewart 4, Schmelz 3.

Lanesville (6-2, 3-0) – Mas. Miller 19, Walter 14, Schickel 9, Powers 8, A. Smith 6, Mad. Miller 3, C. Smith 3, Crosby 2, Tidstrom 2, Wernert 2.

3-point goals – South Central 4 (Kiper 1, Liebert 1, Schmelz 1, Wilson 1); Lanesville 3 (A. Smith 2, Schickel 1).

Lanesville                      12   10   14   19 – 55

Perry Central                 12   13     6   13 – 48

Lanesville (5-2) – Powers 11, Schickel 9, Smith 9, Walter 8, Wernert 7,  Tidstrom 5, Mas. Miller 4, Mad. Miller 2.

Perry Central (4-4) – Mitchell 15, Davis 14, Bishop 12, Edwards 3, Mullis 2, Etienne 2.

3-point goals – Lanesville 2 (Smith 1, Tidstrom 1); Perry Central 5 (Mitchell 3, Davis 1, Edwards 1.