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Lanesville 'D' too much for Cougars

January 28, 2009
Working with long arms and a tenaciousness defense that made every possession difficult, Lanesville put away host North Harrison on homecoming night Friday, 58-40.

North Harrison's Chad Eveslage, center, finds out how tough the Lanesville defense is as he is surrounded by Asher Pursell (42), Cameron Teeter (31) and Nick Hammond. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"We knew they were going to play a lot of 3-2 (zone)," North Harrison coach Chris Martin said. "We told our guards, 'You have to take care of the ball,' and a lot of the turnovers that we had were, we would get the ball on the sideline or buried in the corner and try to throw the ball 40 feet on the other side of the floor. (Lanesville's) arms and legs get in the way and they get a lot of steals, and then they go the other direction quickly."

The fast-paced first quarter saw the lead change four times until the Eagles used a 9-0 burst to gain a 15-7 advantage.

North Harrison got two of those back at the end of the period, but in the second quarter Lanesville put together a 10-2 run that was highlighted by a hammering dunk by Bryant Conder.

North Harrison made only a slight gain by halftime and went to the break down 34-22.

Martin said the game would have been much different if only for a few little things.

"They had had two or three run-outs for wide open layups," Martin said. "We had missed two or three right at the basket, and we had also made 11 turnovers. We said, if we had got one of those back, one run-out back, one layup made and one less turnover where they scored, it's a six-point ball game."

The third quarter proved to be the breaking point for the Cougars, who managed just one field goal and four points in the eight minutes, as the Eagles took a 47-26 lead.

Lanesville's lead ballooned to 25 in the fourth period, but the Cougars bounced back to make the final score a little more respectable at 58-40.

"Give a lot of credit to coach Martin and those kids," Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. "They're going to play hard, and I think they're playing hard for them. They're going through a struggle right now. A lot of coaches go through that at some point in their career."

Zach Anderson and Lincoln Jones led North Harrison with 12 points each. The Cougars were just 12 of 33 (36 percent) from the field and 10 of 14 from the stripe. North Harrison had 19 turnovers.

"Lincoln is starting to get better every night," Martin of Jones, who has worked his way into the starting lineup. "Early in the year, we watched him play and he didn't understand, moving up from the JV to the varsity. The last five games, he's learned to get his butt down on the post. He's doing a much better job calling for the ball, and he's putting himself in position to score."

Conder led the Eagles with 19 points, and Jeffery Hammond added 13. Lanesville connected on 23 of 45 field-goal attempts (51 percent) and 11 of 14 free throws and committed 15 turnovers.

"We've got kids that play hard 99 percent of the time," Martin said. "They'll take a play off every once in a while, but they did play hard. You've got to give them some credit. They could have easily given up when we were down 22, 24 points, but we battled right down to the end and cut it to 18."

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