Top-ranked Lady Eagles bash Lady Rebels
Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
As people flocked to the Eagles Nest in Lanesville last Tuesday night, the traditional JV/Varsity doubleheader was a tad different as the Lady Eagles welcomed teams from both schools of the South Harrison Community School Corp.
The opening act featured the Lady Eagles’ junior varsity squad hosting their counterparts from Corydon Central as the varsity teams met almost two months prior in the Battle at the First Capital in Corydon. After that contest came to a close, the top-ranked Lady Eagles took the floor to welcome county rival South Central in Southern Athletic Conference action.
Despite the history of the small school rivalry, the Lady Eagles and Lady Rebels are currently on different season trajectories, both of which can be described by the No. 1. That number represents the number of wins the Lady Rebels have and how many losses the Lady Eagles possess. It showed in the level of play as the Lady Eagles breezed their way to an 82-5 beatdown.
Freshman guard Hadley Crosier kicked off the Lady Eagles’ offensive assault as she knocked down the first five points of the contest to begin a 17-0 onslaught. Crosier added two more buckets followed by eight points from junior forward Linzie Wernert, four points from junior center Morgan Sonner and a bucket from freshman guard Hylton Brumley.
The Lady Rebels’ offense was nearly shutout in the opening frame against an aggressive Lady Eagles’ defense, managing only one basket on a three-pointer from junior guard Lexie Liebert. That long ball simply shrunk the gap ever so slightly as the period ended with a 23-3 Lady Eagles’ edge.
Matters only got worse for the Lady Rebels as the Lady Eagles pitched a shutout in the second quarter. The hosts, meanwhile, had no trouble adding to their lead, thanks to another eight points from Wernert, seven points from senior wing Kennedy Gordon, five points from Brumley, four points from Sonner and a triple from senior guard Emma Campbell. The result was the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s mercy rule being in effect the moment halftime concluded, which the Lady Eagles entered with a comfortable 50-3 advantage.
The onslaught did not relent in the third quarter as Wernert scored six points, followed by five from Campbell, another four-spot from Sonner and a Gordon bucket. Despite the Lady Eagles’ defensive intensity continuing into the second half, the Lady Rebels managed to avoid another scoreless frame when junior guard Kendall Kiper sank one of two free throws, though it did little to shrink the Lady Eagles’ 67-4 lead to end the period.
Kiper managed another freebie in the final quarter, finishing off yet another anemic offensive effort for the Lady Rebels. The Lady Eagles, meanwhile, capped off their most dominant showing of the season with five more points from Wernert, four from Sonner, Campbell’s third triple of the contest, a Brumley bucket and a free throw from freshman forward Shelby Allen.
Wernert led the way for the Lady Eagles with a season-high 27 points, followed by 16 from Sonner and 11 from Campbell.
Liebert led the way for the Lady Rebels with her three points in the first quarter, while Kiper scored the other two.
With the victory, the Lady Eagles won their 12th consecutive contest, as well as holding an opposing team to single-digit scoring for the fourth time this season. The Lady Rebels posted their second single-digit scoring performance of the season.
The Lady Rebels will travel to Madison on Saturday to confront Shawe Memorial at 11:30 a.m.
The Lady Eagles finished off their fourth consecutive SAC sweep when they bested Crothersville 81-12 on Saturday, followed by traveling to Seymour to confront Class 1A No. 8 Trinity Lutheran yesterday (Tuesday). They will travel to Rock Creek Community Academy tomorrow then head to New Pekin on Saturday to face Eastern.