Wolfpack run past Eagles on senior night
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
As the Lanesville Eagles pulled into Crawford County on Saturday night, they were focused on continuing their recent improved play.
While preparing for the upcoming state tournament, the Eagles posted their first consecutive victories of the year, starting with a slim 38-34 victory over New Washington on Feb. 11. They followed by finishing Southern Athletic Conference play by defeating Crothersville 63-49 just 24 hours prior to their confrontation with the host Wolfpack.
The Wolfpack have had a tough season of their own, searching for their first win since defeating Tell City 52-45 on Jan. 21, their second victory against the Marksmen this season. Taking advantage of sloppy ball handling and missed scoring opportunities, the Wolfpack gave their sextet of seniors a much-needed senior night victory, their third of the year, by a score of 52-42.
The opening frame gave the impression that this late-season contest was to be a contentious affair. The Eagles’ early offense came primarily on the perimeter with a trio of triples between junior guards Dawson Teeter and Jack Crosby paired with four points from senior center John Morgan and a bucket from junior guard Maddex Miller. The Wolfpack responded inside with four points apiece from junior guard Issac Nickelson and seniors Jacob Davis and Josh Talley to make it a slim 15-12 Eagles’ lead.
Ball handling became an issue for the Eagles in the second quarter with myriad turnovers, leading to the Wolfpack taking the lead on another four points from Talley, a Davis bucket, a three-pointer from sophomore guard Laken Belcher and eight points from senior center Keith Brooks. The Eagles could answer only with three points apiece from Miller and senior guard Carter Smith alongside a bucket from junior center Lucas Frazier before walking to the locker room while down 29-23.
While the first half saw a decent amount of scoring, the third quarter was more of a defensive affair as the Wolfpack tried to extend their lead with four points from sophomore forward Nash Stroud, a three-point play from Nickelson and a Davis bucket. The Eagles answered with a Crosby triple and two Miller buckets, the latter coming on a tough, acrobatic layup at the buzzer to cut the Wolfpack edge to 38-30.
The Eagles continued pushing toward the bucket in the final period as Crosby and Frazier combined to go 4 for 5 from the free-throw line amid buckets from Miller, Morgan, junior forward Jackson Schneider and freshman forward Jaxson Payne. The Wolfpack kept their distance with four points from Brooks, buckets from Satterfield, Belcher and senior forward Hunter Conrad amid a combined 3-for-5 effort from the charity stripe from Davis and Nickelson to lock down the 52-42 victory.
Brooks led the way for the Wolfpack with 12 points followed by Davis’ 11. Crosby and Miller had the same numbers to lead the Eagles, respectively.
With the Indiana High School Athletic Association state tournament kicking off next week, both squads set out to finish the regular season on a high note yesterday (Tuesday) when the Wolfpack finished off Patoka Lake Athletic Conference play against rival Paoli, which they will also face to kick off Class 2A sectional 46 at Tell City on Tuesday. The Eagles finished off the regular season yesterday at home against Austin and will travel to Borden to face Christian Academy of Indiana on Tuesday. Winner of that contest will face South Central in the semifinals next Friday.