Despite illness, Lady Eagles rout Lady Rebels
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
As Thanksgiving drew close last week, sickness followed suit for the top-ranked Lanesville girls’ basketball team.
Traveling to Elizabeth last Wednesday evening, the Lady Eagles had to get creative with the starting lineup before facing rival South Central to open Southern Athletic Conference play. Senior wing Linzie Wernert and sophomore guard Hadley Crosier, the Lady Eagles’ top two scorers, along with junior guard Ava Kerr, were all absent from the contest due to illness.
Missing three players who combined for almost 30 points per game right before Thanksgiving, the Lady Eagles’ offense was a roller-coaster affair in the first half before a 36-15 second half propelled them over the Lady Rebels, 60-22.
The first quarter indicated that the Lady Eagles were getting along without their usual stars as they went to the post early with four points apiece from senior Morgan Sonner and sophomore Shelby Allen. Sophomore guard Hylton Brumley led the early assault with five points alongside a triple from junior forward Ellie Schneider and three points from junior wing Emma Davis.
With less than 30 seconds left in the period, freshman guard Gracelynn Bartoszek prevented a first-quarter shutout for the Lady Rebels by knocking down a pair of free throws, sending the contest into the second quarter with a 19-2 Lady Eagles’ edge.
Bartoszek kept up the effort in the second period with a basket and trio of free throws. The Lady Eagles’ offense sputtered in the frame as a three-pointer from Davis was the only contribution for much of the quarter. A Sonner bucket in the final minute gave the Lady Eagles their last points of the first half before heading to the locker room up 24-7.
Whatever ailed the Lady Eagles’ offense in the second quarter was cured in the third when they piled up 22 points in the frame. Brumley led the onslaught with seven points followed by six from Allen, five from Sonner and four from junior guard Jane Davis. Bartoszek countered with another five points, while sophomore Olivia Maley joined the party with four points to make it a 46-16 Lady Eagles’ advantage.
Despite early triples from Maley and Bartoszek to open the final period, the Lady Eagles countered with four points apiece from the Davis twins, another Schneider triple and a three-point play from Allen to seal the visitors’ 60-22 victory, their fourth straight.
Bartoszek led all scorers with 15 points, while Maley chipped in the Lady Rebels’ other seven. Of the six Lady Eagles to score, four were in double figures, led by Allen’s 13 followed by Brumley’s 12, Sonner’s 11 and 10 from Emma Davis.
After a week-long layoff, the Lady Eagles will continue the conference slate tomorrow (Thursday) at Henryville at 7:30 p.m. then will conclude the week by confronting Providence in Clarksville on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Lady Rebels returned to action this past Saturday against Crawford County and will have a full weekend by hosting Tell City on Friday before traveling to South Spencer on Saturday. Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m. while Saturday’s tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.