Crosier-less Lady Eagles crush CAI
Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
After falling to county rival Corydon Central in last Saturday’s Battle at the First Capital championship, the Lanesville Lady Eagles looked to get back into an offensive rhythm. Against the Lady Panthers, the Lady Eagles had their most inefficient game of the season, shooting a paltry 28% from the field and 10% from the three-point line.
Playing host to sectional-rival Christian Academy of Indiana on Thursday, the Class 1A No. 2 Lady Eagles entered the contest with a different look in their starting lineup. Missing from the typical opening introductions was star freshman point guard Hadley Crosier.
Instead of taking her customary place on the court for the opening jump, Crosier sat on the sidelines in street clothes, ineligible to play after missing school days due to COVID-19 testing. Crosier’s absence did little to impede the Lady Eagles as they handed the Lady Warriors their worst loss of the season so far, 72-9.
At first, the Lady Eagles seemed to suffer from the same offensive issues they struggled with the previous weekend. After a timeout from head coach Angie Hinton a little more than two minutes in, freshman guard Hylton Brumley took the lid off the basket while drawing a foul on her first made layup at the 5:26 mark.
Once Brumley converted the three-point play, the Lady Eagles’ offense soared to life with an 8-0 run. Even after a Lady Warriors’ timeout and scoring their first of only two successful field goals courtesy of Ashlin Owen, the Lady Eagles continued the onslaught led by scoring another eight points in the period.
Sophomore guard Ava Kerr added five points alongside buckets from senior guard Emma Campbell, junior forward Linzie Wernert and a free throw from junior Morgan Sonner. The Lady Warriors only other converted field goal of the quarter came from a Leah Stevens three-pointer, cutting the deficit to a 21-5 Lady Eagles’ advantage.
While the Lady Warriors managed only two Stevens freebies in the second quarter, the Lady Eagles’ assault only grew stronger as Wernert led the hosts with 12 points in the period. Kerr and senior wing Kennedy Gordon each added six points, while Brumley scored another bucket. The quarter ended with the ball in the hands of sophomore forward Ellie Schneider, who drained a deep two right at the buzzer to send the hosts to the locker room with a 49-7 edge.
The 10-minute break provided no reprieve for the Lady Warriors to start the second half as the Lady Eagles’ defense pitched a shutout in the third quarter. The hosts, meanwhile, continued the attack with a pair of Brumley buckets and triples from Kerr and Campbell. Sonner added a bucket while Wernert converted a three-point play, the blowout extending to 64-7 by the time the third quarter concluded.
With the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s new mercy rule having been in effect since the start of the second half, the final quarter seemed to fly by, but not before the Lady Eagles added even more offense. Baskets by Sonner and junior forward Kaylie Blankenbaker, a three-pointer from Schneider and a free throw from Brumley put the finishing touches on the Lady Eagles’ highest scoring output of the season. The Lady Warriors, meanwhile, were unable to score until Owen knocked down a pair of free throws with less than two minutes left in the contest. It meant little as the Lady Eagles returned to the win column with a 72-9 beatdown.
In Crosier’s absence, Brumley shined as she led the Lady Eagles with a season and career-high 18 points, followed by 17 from Wernert and Kerr’s 14. The Lady Warriors’ nine points came between two players as Stevens recorded five and Owens chipped in four.
The Lady Eagles were back in action Saturday night when they traveled to West Washington, nearly shutting out the Lady Senators 50-2. They returned home Monday to confront Class 1A No. 15 Orleans. After time off for Thanksgiving, the Lady Eagles will return to their nest Saturday to host Perry Central at 1:30 p.m.
CAI 5 2 0 2 – 9
Lanesville 21 28 15 8 – 72
CAI (0-5) – Stevens 5, Owen 4.
Lanesville (5-1) – Brumley 18, Wernert 17, Kerr 14, Gordon 6, Campbell 5, Schneider 5, Sonner 5, Blankenbaker 2.
3-point goals – CAI 1 (Stevens 1); Lanesville 3 (Campbell 1, Kerr 1, Schneider 1).