16-0 run lifts Rock Creek past Lanesville
Brian Smith, Contributing Writer
For a two-minute stretch of the third quarter, Lanesville put together its best stretch of play, growing a nine-point lead at Rock Creek Community Academy last Tuesday.
After that, it was a different story. Rock Creek took off for 16 unanswered points, holding Lanesville scoreless during six minutes from the end of the third to the start of the fourth.
Rock Creek, when it took the lead, was able to hang on for a 49-48 victory.
“You can’t let a team go on a 16-0 run,” said Lanesville coach Mikel Miller. “I told the guys I need to put them in better positions during that situation.”
The two squads likely will figure into the mix when the Class 1A Borden Sectional rolls around.
To build Lanesville’s largest lead, Ethan Schickel had an offensive put-back. Then, running in transition, Jacob Wernert sent a quick outlet pass to C.J. Baumgart. From there, the sophomore twisted his way in the lane for an acrobatic layup, which sent the traveling purple fans into a frenzy. With the hot hand, Baumgart netted a pull-up jumper on the next possession, putting Lanesville up 31-22.
The lid quickly closed on the rim for Lanesville. Despite solid shot attempts, nothing went down for the stretch of play that saw Rock Creek gain steam.
Ladarius Wallace, a quick point guard for the Lions, got a bucket then a triple. Ashton Mozee then took a slick feed from Wallace for a lay-in. A block by Rock Creek’s 6-foot-11 Marial Diper led to Michael Sulzer knotting the score at 31-all.
To close the third quarter, Wallace had a steal-and-score followed by Gavin Gullion swishing a 3-pointer.
“We couldn’t hit shots,” Miller said of the offensive output during Rock Creek’s outburst of scoring. “I felt like we got good shots when they were making a run and they wouldn’t fall. I thought Rock Creek was more physical than us tonight and played harder than us from the beginning to the end. They deserve this win more than we did.”
Putting the 16-0 run to sleep was Jacob Wernert to make the score 38-33. A steal by Jonas Powers led to a single field goal to put the game at one possession.
While Lanesville tried to amp up its defensive pressure, Rock Creek continued to make clutch shots. Midway through the fourth, Rock Creek’s Wallace nailed a long ball from the right side, pressing the Lions up 45-37.
Lanesville field goals by Schickel and Baumgart pulled Lanesville within four, 47-43. During the final three minutes, Lanesville kept the Lions off the scoreboard until Michael Sulzer netted a pair of game-clinching freebies with five seconds remaining. In between, Lanesville had opportunities at the charity stripe but went 2 of 5, including missing the front end of a one-and-one.
Wernert made a single with 5.4 seconds left to get Lanesville within two before Sulzer closed the door with his makes. Lanesville’s Mason Miller netted a triple for the game’s final points before the horn.
“I was disappointed with how we played tonight,” said Miller. “Last weekend, against Tecumseh, we played a really good, solid game and came out with a win by a few points.”
Neither team was able to create much separation in the first quarter and a half. Ashton Smith got going from downtown, netting a pair of 3-pointers. A Mason Miller steal-and-run set up another Smith field goal and a 20-14 Lanesville advantage.
The Eagles went into the half-time break up 24-18 but weren’t able to close the contest out in the next 16 minutes of action.
Smith led Lanesville in scoring with 10 points, followed by Powers and Schickel with nine apiece. Baumgart and Wernert chipped in eight points each as well.
“C.J. did a nice job tonight,” said coach Miller. “Tonight was a night where it would have been nice to have another big body inside. We missed Kameron (Walter who did not play) in there a little bit. Mason struggled tonight. They defended him well. He has to learn to be a little more patient. He rushed to make things happen when they weren’t there.”
Twelve points each were scored by Rock Creek’s Boggs and Wallace to pace the Lions.
Lanesville was able to bounce back on Friday, winning a home contest 64-46 over Southern Athletic Conference-rival New Washington. Improving to 4-0 in league play, the Eagles go unbeaten Friday when they host Crothersville.
Lanesville 8 16 7 17 – 48
Rock Creek 10 8 18 13 – 49
Lanesville (10-6) – Baumgart 10, Smith 10, Powers 9, Schickel 9, Wernert 7, Miller 3.
Rock Creek (10-8) – Boggs 12, Wallace 12, Mozee 8, Treat 8, Sulzer 4, Gullion 3, Diper 2.
3-point goals – Lanesville 3 (Smith 2, Miller 1); Rock Creek Academy 3 (Wallace 2, Gullion 1).