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Rams slam Eagles in home opener

Rams slam Eagles in home opener
Rams slam Eagles in home opener
Lanesville senior guard Jack Crosby tries to get around Paoli’s Brandon Cook during the Eagles’ 55-34 loss to the Rams on Saturday night. Crosby was held scoreless in the first half but ended the night leading the Eagles with 14 points. Photo by Brandon Miniard
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

After its originally scheduled season opener against Corydon Central was postponed, the Lanesville boys’ basketball team had to wait a week later than usual to begin the 2022-23 season.

Coming off a 6-18 campaign, the Eagles hoped to start the new season on the right foot. Such hopes hit a wall Friday when they fell on the road to defending sectional champion Borden 64-38. After dropping their season opener for the third straight year, the Eagles returned to their nest to open the home portion of their schedule by hosting Paoli on Saturday night.

Even with a large opening night crowd on hand for support, the Eagles found themselves at the mercy of a taller, physical Rams’ defense. Despite a strong third quarter, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Rams as the Eagles fell 55-34.

The visitors wasted little time locking down the lead as they scored the first 17 points of the opening quarter. Only in the last two minutes of the period did the Eagles break onto the scoreboard courtesy of back-to-back buckets from senior forward Ethan Patterson and sophomore wing Nolyn Hall. The Rams’ offense was spearheaded by eight points from Isaac Cornett-McBride followed by five points from Fletcher Cole, four from Trey Rominger and a bucket from Willson Windhurst before the first quarter ended with a 19-4 Rams’ advantage.

The Eagles’ offensive output increased slightly in the second quarter, thanks to another basket from Hall along with a three-point play from senior guard Maddex Miller. The Rams kept their distance courtesy of buckets from Cornett-McBride and Cole alongside a combined five free throws from Rominger and Treighlin Minton before going into halftime up 28-9.

The Eagles came out of the locker room for the second half firing, led by nine points from senior guard Jack Crosby followed by five points from Hall and buckets Patterson, senior forward Jackson Schneider and junior guard Caleb Voyles. The Rams weren’t lacking for offense in the third quarter, however, thanks to six points from Cornett-McBride, four from Rominger, buckets from Cole and Brandon Cook and a freebie from Windhurst to keep the margin going into the final period at 43-29.

Crosby did all he could to keep the Eagles’ offense going with five points, but it wasn’t enough against the Rams as six of Cole’s eight points came at the charity stripe, along with a pair of freebies from Rominger and a bucket from Jaxson Reynolds to seal the Rams’ victory.

Crosby was the only Eagle to score in double figures, with 14, all of which came in the second half, while Hall chipped in nine. Cole posted a game-high 17 points followed by 16 from Cornett-McBride and 13 from Rominger. The loss marks the second straight year that the Eagles began the season 0-2.

The Eagles will hit the road for a pair of games this weekend, starting with a trip to Clarksville to confront Providence on Friday. They then will make the trip to French Lick on Saturday for a meeting with Springs Valley. Both contests are set to tip at 7:30 p.m.

Paoli 19 9 15 12 – 55
Lanesville 4 5 20 5 – 34
Paoli (2-0) – Fletcher Cole 17, Isaac Cornett-McBride 16, Trey Rominger 13, Willson Windhurst 3, Brandon Cook 2, Treighlin Minton 2, Jaxson Reynolds 2.
Lanesville (0-2) – Jack Crosby 14, Nolyn Hall 9, Ethan Patterson 4, Maddex Miller 3, Jackson Schneider 2, Caleb Voyles 2.
3-point goals – Paoli 3 (Cole 1, Cornett-McBride 1, Reynolds 1); Lanesville 4 (Crosby 3, Hall 1).