Eagles vs. Eagles
Two species of Eagles — one from Evansville Day School and the other from Lanesville — will meet Saturday at Jack Butcher Arena at the Class 1A Loogootee Regional. They have common opponents with similar results: both defeated Springs Valley, with Day School scoring a five-point win in sectional play and Lanesville edging out a seven-point victory in the regular season slate. Both also were winners against Tecumseh; Lanesville by two, and Day School by 16. Evansville’s regular-season matchup with Springs Valley was postponed due to COVID-19, as was a date against Evansville Christian, which Lanesville lost to by 17 in its season opener.
Day School (13-5), which averages 72.5 ppg offensively and gives up 60.8 ppg defensively, is enjoying a nine-game win streak dating back to a Jan. 23 loss to Forest Park, 89-71, to put the team at 4-5 on the season. Evansville had seven games canceled due to COVID.
“It’ll just be a matter of looking at the matchup in front of you and not worrying as much about the second one. You’ll be familiar with some things, but the second game won’t matter if you don’t get there,” Miller said of the regional affair, which will be the first-ever meeting between the two basketball programs.
In Day School’s sectional final against Wood Memorial, 6-0 senior center Brant Wilsey had 13 points, younger brother Kane Wilsey, a 5-8 freshman guard, scored 16 and sophomore Tyler Myers, a 5-10 sophomore southpaw guard who is the team’s leading scorer, lit up for 26.
The game will also feature two coaches who each have two sons on the roster: Mason and Maddex Miller with Mikel Miller at the helm for Lanesville, and Gary Wilsey coaching Day School with sons Brant and Kane on the varsity roster.
The Battle of the Birds is set to take place at noon, after No. 1-ranked Barr Reeve (25-2) takes on Trinity Lutheran (12-13) at 10 a.m. The regional championship will tip off at 7:30.
Single-game only tickets are $8 and must be purchased at a participating school as no duckets will be available at the door.