Lady Eagles veto Senators in home opener
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
After suffering its first loss of the season at the annual Cluckers Battle at the First Capital at Corydon Central, Lanesville looked to get back on track last week, starting by blowing out Christian Academy of Indiana 54-15 on Thursday.
That contest against the Lady Warriors was the Class 1A No. 1 Lady Eagles’ last before returning home to The Eagles’ Nest to open the home portion of the 2022-23 schedule. Similar to two days prior, the Lady Eagles stood across a potential sectional foe when they welcomed West Washington to their home court. The last time these two teams took the court in Campbellsville, the Lady Senators mustered only a pair of free throws in a 50-2 Lady Eagles’ rout.
The packed house of purple-clad fans had plenty to cheer about, especially early on in the contest as the Lady Eagles swept the Lady Senators aside, 52-14. The ferocious defense of the Lady Eagles stifled the Lady Senators early as the latter failed to find the net at any point in the opening frame.
The hosts had no such issues, led by eight points from sophomore guard Hadley Crosier, seven points from junior guard Ava Kerr, four from senior wing Linzie Wernert and a bucket from sophomore center Shelby Allen to give the Lady Eagles an early 21-0 advantage.
The Lady Senators broke the shutout in the second quarter as Emma Schmidt and Jayla Batt both found the bottom of the net. The Lady Eagles responded primarily with triples from Crosier and junior forward Ellie Schneider, a bucket from senior center Morgan Sonner and a basket and free throw from Allen before retreating the locker room up 32-4.
Senior leadership was the primary source of the Lady Eagles’ 11 points in the third quarter as Wernert and Sonner each had a pair of scores along with a Crosier three-point play. While unable to make a field goal in the period, the Lady Senators found limited success at the free-throw line as they went 4 for 9, the makes being evenly split between Ava Woods and Meredith Deaton to make it a 43-8 Lady Eagles’ edge.
Deaton added another freebie in the fourth quarter followed by a pair from Batt and a Schmidt triple. The Lady Eagles countered with another three-point play from Crosier, along with buckets from Wernert, Sonner and junior wing Emma Davis to finalize the 52-14 final.
Crosier led the assault for the Lady Eagles with 17 points followed by 10 from Wernert and eight from Sonner.
Schmidt paced the Lady Senators with five, followed by four from Batt, three from Deaton and two from Woods.
The Lady Eagles will head to Elizabeth tonight (Wednesday) when they begin Southern Athletic Conference play against rival South Central. Due to the Lady Rebels not having a junior varsity club, the matchup is a varsity-only contest, which is set to tip at 6 p.m.