Lady Eagles blow out Henryville
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
As fans piled into the Eagles’ Nest in Lanesville Thursday night, there were a few additions to the arena’s list of upgrades through the past few years.
Alongside name plates on a pair of sideline bleachers honoring legendary Eagles’ fans Pete and Joan Schickel, spectators noticed a pair of new scoreboards gracing the southwest and northeast corners, complete with improved LED lighting.
The new scoreboards were christened as the Class 1A No. 1 Lady Eagles hosted rival Henryville to open Southern Athletic Conference play. The Lady Eagles have been a dominant force in the SAC since head coach Angie Hinton took the helm in 2018, winning their past 15 consecutive conference contests.
As has been the case for a majority of their games so far this year, the Lady Eagles turned the Lady Hornets into mere foils instead of true foes as the hosts handed their guests their worst loss of the year, 67-8.
The Lady Eagles ensured from the very beginning there would be no contest as they pitched a shutout in the opening period. While the Lady Hornets failed to score, the Lady Eagles were off to the races from tipoff as freshman guard Hadley Crosier and senior guard Emma Campbell combined to score the Lady Eagles’ first seven points.
Freshman guard Hylton Brumley followed with five points, while junior forward Linzie Wernert chipped in three, alongside a pair of free throws from junior center Morgan Sonner. Campbell capped off the quarter with her second triple with just a few seconds remaining to give the hosts an even 20-0 edge.
It took the Lady Hornets about halfway through the second quarter to take the lid off the basket when freshman Mylee Marcum scored under the basket before knocking down two freebies.
Aside from those four points, all the remaining scoring came by the Lady Eagles, led by six points from sophomore guard Ava Kerr, five from Brumley and four from Sonner. Alongside buckets from Wernert and Campbell, the Lady Eagles ensured that the Indiana High School Athletic Association mercy rule would be in effect after halftime, which began with the hosts leading 39-4.
Much like the previous half, the second half started with the Lady Eagles once again keeping their guests off the board in the third quarter.
Wernert led the way in widening the already large gap with six points alongside three points from Crosier, while Campbell and sophomore Ellie Schneider each added a field goal. Sonner and Brumley combined to go 3 for 4 from the foul line, pushing the Lady Eagles’ edge to 55-4 to end the period.
The Lady Eagles wrapped up another large-scale offensive assault in the final quarter with six points from Kerr and a bucket apiece from Campbell, Crosier and sophomore guard Emma Davis.
The Lady Hornets managed to score once again on a bucket from Hillary White alongside a pair of Marcum free throws, putting the finishing touches on the Lady Eagles’ 67-8 victory.
After averaging just 1.5 points per game coming in, Campbell broke out with a season-high 14 points. Kerr followed with 12 points, while Brumley and Wernert each chipped in 11.
The Lady Hornets saw only two players score as Marcum led the way with six points and White owned the remaining two.
With the victory, the Lady Eagles’ notched their program-record 16th consecutive SAC victory. To this point, the Lady Eagles have yet to lose in SAC play since Hinton took over. Their last conference defeat came on Jan. 6, 2018, when Kevin Smith’s Lady Eagles fell to rival Crothersville 68-56. This victory is also the third time in the last five ballgames that the Lady Eagles’ have held opposing offenses to single-digit scoring.
The top-ranked Lady Eagles followed their latest emphatic victory by hosting Paoli yesterday (Tuesday). They will continue their quest for a fourth-straight SAC title when they travel to Borden tomorrow to confront the Lady Braves. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Henryville 0 4 0 4 – 8
Lanesville 20 19 16 12 – 67
Henryville (2-4) – Marcum 6, White 2.
Lanesville (9-1) – Campbell 14, Kerr 12, Brumley 11, Wernert 11, Sonner 8, Crosier 7, E. Davis 2, Schneider 2.
3-point goals – Lanesville 3 (Campbell 2, Brumley 1).