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Lady Eagles rout New Albany in First Capital semis

Lady Eagles rout New Albany in First Capital semis
Lady Eagles rout New Albany in First Capital semis
New Albany’s Anasha Crowdus and Lanesville’s Linzie Wernert, center, become surrounded by teammates after fighting for a loose ball during the Class 1A No. 2 Lady Eagles’ 48-29 victory over the Lady Bulldogs during Saturday’s Battle at the First Capital semifinals. Photo by Brandon Miniard
Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

As day two of the Cluckers Battle at the First Capital at Corydon Central High School began Saturday morning, there were a number of interesting tidbits surrounding one match in particular as Class 1A No. 2 Lanesville squared off against New Albany in the tournament semifinals.

Near the Lady Eagles’ bench stood head coach Angie Hinton, who has had success with both programs. Long before leading the Lady Eagles to three straight sectional titles, Hinton guided the Lady Bulldogs for about 14 years, including a perfect 26-0 record and a Class 4A state title in 1999.

On the other side stood Shelby Gliebe, now in her second year taking Hinton’s former post. The former Shelby Miller is no stranger to success on the hardwood, especially in Harrison County. After scoring 1,691 points at South Central, Gliebe had a successful college career at Maryville University in St. Louis. When her playing career came to an end, Gliebe turned to coaching, which included a one-year stint at Lanesville.

“My heart’s always going to be with New Albany to some degree (because) it was my home for many years. I still take great pride in their program,” Hinton said. “Shelby’s doing a great job at New Albany, which makes me very happy to see. This game isn’t about me or Shelby either; this is about our kids playing a game against each other.”

While there are a number of hidden connections on the two benches, nothing could hide how physical the contest between the two undefeated ball clubs turned out to be. In the opening period, defense was the name of the game as both sides had difficulty making baskets. The Lady Eagles’ only offense of the period came from senior wing Kennedy Gordon, who converted on a layup before knocking down one of two from the foul line.

The Lady Bulldogs answered with a bucket from Taylor Treat. Maleea Roland gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead on a three-pointer late in the quarter, which ended with a slim 5-3 edge.

After a slow start, the Lady Eagles’ offense came to life in the second quarter, led by freshman guard Hylton Brumley’s five points in the period. Brumley’s outburst led a balanced assault which included buckets from fellow freshman guard Hadley Crosier, sophomore guard Ava Kerr, juniors Linzie Wernert and Morgan Sonner, and Gordon for a 15-point period.

While their lead didn’t hold up, the Lady Bulldogs kept pace from the perimeter with triples from Roland, Treat and Sophia Corley, as well as a single free throw from Anasha Crowdus to keep the Lady Eagles’ half-time advantage at three, 18-15.

“I think we were just a little sluggish because we played late the night before, at 8:15, then we had the girls up a bit early the next morning to get them going,” Hinton said. “We got hit, then we had to wake up and say, ‘OK, we got to play this game’.”

The Lady Eagles continued their inside attack to begin the second half as Sonner drained another pair of buckets along with two free throws. Crosier also had a solid period from the charity stripe as she knocked down three of four foul shots, while Wernert and Kerr combined for six points.

While the Lady Eagles’ offense didn’t falter since halftime, the same couldn’t be said of the Lady Bulldogs as they only converted two field goals, courtesy of Treat and Corley. Roland added a pair of free throws before the third quarter concluded with a 33-21 Lady Eagles’ edge.

Wernert found herself leading the Lady Eagles’ offense in the final period after being relatively quiet for most of the contest. The junior forward scored five of her team-high 11 points in the quarter, followed by a bucket and free throws from Crosier and triples from Brumley and senior guard Emma Campbell, giving the Lady Eagles their third consecutive 15-point quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs’ scoring improved just slightly from the third quarter as Roland knocked down a pair of baskets and a free throw. Treat added a bucket, while Crowdus converted on one of two freebies to finish off falling to the Lady Eagles 48-29.

With the victory, the Lady Eagles moved on to the championship round later that evening, where they confronted county rival and tournament host Corydon Central. Aside from advancing in the tournament, more historic implications came with the win over New Albany. According to Lanesville historian Tim  Bridges, this was the first instance of Lanesville ever defeating New Albany on the hardwood.

New Albany                    5   10     6     8 – 29

Lanesville                       3   15   15   15 – 48

New Albany (3-1) – Roland 13, Treat 9, Corley 5, Crowdus 2.

Lanesville (4-0) – Wernert 11, Crosier 9, Brumley 8 Sonner 8, Gordon 5, Kerr 4, Campbell 3.

3-point goals – New Albany 4 (Roland 2, Corley 1, Treat 1); Lanesville 2 (Brumley 1, Campbell 1).

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