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Lady Eagles blow by Lions, Braves to sectional final

Girls’ Basketball • Class 1A New Washington Sectional
Lady Eagles blow by Lions, Braves to sectional final
Lady Eagles blow by Lions, Braves to sectional final
Photo by Brandon Miniard. Lanesville guard Emma Campbell, left, and forward Ellie Schneider trap Rock Creek Community Academy’s Rylan Byars during the Lady Eagles’ 71-12 victory over the Lady Lions during first-round sectional play at New Washington last Tuesday.
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

The Lanesville Lady Eagles entered sectional 61 for the first leg of their postseason quest last Tuesday.

After a 22-1 regular season, including winning their final 18 contests, the Lady Eagles descended upon New Washington. The first victim in the Lady Eagles’ path was Rock Creek Community Academy.

The Lady Eagles had their way with the Lady Lions on Jan. 13, blowing out their hosts in Sellersburg 58-18. The only thing that changed this time around was the margin of victory for the Lady Eagles as they cruised to a 71-12 beatdown.

It didn’t take long for the Lady Eagles to jump ahead, thanks to a pair of shots from freshman guard Hadley Crosier sandwiched between a bucket from junior wing Linzie Wernert. Wernert added another score alongside four points from freshman guard Hylton Brumley and baskets from senior guard Emma Campbell and junior center Morgan Sonner. The Lady Lions could only counter with a pair of scores, resulting in a 16-4 Lady Eagles’ edge after one quarter.

Jayli Smith joined the Lady Lions’ scoring in the second period with a bucket and two free throws. The Lady Eagles’ offense, meanwhile, kicked into overdrive with 31 points, 18 of those came on the long ball, including two from Brumley and one apiece from Crosier, senior wing Kennedy Gordon and sophomores Ellie Schneider and Ava Kerr. Brumley and Crosier added inside buckets alongside eight points from Sonner, six of which came on consecutive buckets to begin the period before the Lady Eagles retreated to the locker room with a 47-8 advantage.

Despite the break, the Lady Lions could not find an answer for the Lady Eagles’ defense as they converted no field goals in the third quarter. A shutout quarter was prevented by Ryleigh Newton and Neveah McWilliams each knocking down a free throw. The Lady Eagles kept building their lead with six points from Wernert, triples from Schneider and sophomore wing Emma Davis and buckets from Gordon and Sonner, ending the period with a 63-10 lead.

Tiffany Miller managed one more bucket for the Lady Lions as Schneider and Davis both knocked down threes in the finale as the Lady Eagles finished off the 71-12 opening-round victory.

The Lady Eagles advanced to the sectional semi-finals, which were originally set for Friday before a winter storm forced the semi-finals to move to Saturday, where the Lady Eagles confronted Southern Athletic Conference-rival Borden.

The Lady Eagles’ defense had no respect for the Lady Braves’ offense, keeping them out of the scoring column for the entire first half.

The Lady Eagles wasted little time jumping ahead as Gordon scored the first five points followed by five points from Wernert. Crosier added a three-pointer followed by a Sonner bucket and Kerr free throw as the Lady Eagles led 16-0. The second period saw Crosier and Kerr each add a bucket while Wernert, Sonner and Emma Davis went a near-flawless 7 for 8 from the charity stripe before soaring to the locker room with a 27-0 advantage.

The Lady Braves kicked off the second half with a Paige Robinson free throw followed later on by their first field goal courtesy of Hailey Hurst. The remainder of the period’s offense came courtesy of the Lady Eagles with seven points from Wernert, six from Brumley and a bucket from Sonner to take a 42-3 lead into the final quarter.

The offensive difference began to shift in the final quarter as the Lady Braves got a three from Caitlyn Cook and a Delaney Smith bucket. Aside from a Brumley freebie, the remainder of the Lady Eagles’ scoring came from the end of the Lady Eagles’ bench with four points from Emma Davis and three points from freshman forward Shelby Allen to finish off a dominant showing, 50-8.

With the two victories, the Lady Eagles’ punched their ticket to their fourth consecutive sectional championship game. The Lady Eagles looked to make it four straight sectional titles yesterday (Tuesday) when they faced host New Washington in the championship game.

Borden 0 0 3 5 – 8
Lanesville 16 11 15 8 – 50
Borden – Cook 3, Hurst 2, Robinson 2, Smith 1.
Lanesville – Wernert 14, Brumley 7, Sonner 7, E. Davis 6, Crosier 5, Gordon 5, Allen 3, Kerr 3.
3-point goals – Borden 1 (Cook); Lanesville 3 (Crosier 1, E. Davis 1, Gordon 1).
Lanesville 16 31 16 8 – 71
Rock Creek 4 4 2 2 – 12
Lanesville – Brumley 13, Sonner 12, Schneider 11, Wernert 10, Crosier 9, E. Davis 6, Gordon 5, Kerr 3, Campbell 2.
Rock Creek – Byars 4, Smith 4, Miller 2, McWilliams 1, Newton 1.
3-point goals – Lanesville 10 (Schneider 3, Brumley 2, E. Davis 2, Crosier 1, Gordon 1, Kerr 1).