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Lanesville stuns Cougars, 58-51

January 25, 2012
The Lanesville Eagles put a defensive wall up against visiting North Harrison Friday night, holding Cougar shooter Cory Smith to just four points and surging in the second half for a 58-51 win. Except for one quarter, the Eagles owned the night.

"I was proud of the way we hung in there and fought," North Harrison coach Greg Walters said.

North Harrison’s Josh Wenning has the ball stripped from behind by Lanesville’s Austin Bowman while Alec Turner blows in front of Wenning. Bowman was called for a foul on the play. Photo by Wade Bell
The game began with both teams running up and down the floor at an accelerated pace. The Cougars got the first basket, but Lanesville answered with the next nine. North Harrison found some grip in the second half of the quarter, closing the gap to three, 11-8, at the end of the period.

Josh Wenning sandwiched a deuce and three-ball around a Justin Miller deuce to tie the game at 13. Kevin Zollman fired in a three-pointer and later a two to keep the Eagles in front by five. Lanesville later extended its lead to eight, but Dalton Fessel put in two freebies with less than a second on the clock, and North Harrison went to the locker room with a six-point deficit, 29-23.

Lanesville used a box-and-one defense to keep Smith scoreless in the first half.

Lanesville extended its lead to double digits early in the third period, but Colin Book kept the Eagles from getting away, using a pair of deuces to close the gap to six.

Austin Brown scored on a Lanesville jumper then Smith got his first point of the night with 2:36 left on a single at the charity stripe.

Tyler Bement later connected on two from the stripe to tighten the game to five points. The Cougars continued to slowly chew their way back as Bement put in another freebie and a deuce at the end of the period to close the deficit to four, 38-34, with one quarter left.

The Cougars continued to close in, with Fessel and Bement squeezing into the paint to close the North Harrison deficit to two, 42-40. Zollman sank an Eagles free throw, but Wenning got two from the stripe to cut Lanesville's lead to a single point at 43-42.

From that point, however, it was the Eagles who controlled with a 5-1 burst. Lanesville took to the free-throw line, putting in enough to extend its advantage to seven with less than 30 seconds to go.

North Harrison got two buckets late, but it wasn't enough as the Eagles went on to register the 58-51 win.

"Lanesville played a good game," Walters said. "They were able to take advantage of our size, out rebounding us 43-31."

Zollman and Justin Miller poured in 17 points each for the Eagles, with Miller also hauling in 18 rebounds. Alec Turner added 13 points for the Eagles, who connected on 18 of 47 field-goal attempts (38 percent) and 19 of 34 free throws. Lanesville did have a problem with turnovers, committing 20 for the game.

"Miller had an oustanding game with 17 points and 18 rebounds," Walters said.

Bement led North Harrison with 19 points, and Book finished with 11. The Cougars had a rough night from the field, hitting 17 of 62 shots (27 percent) but 16 of 23 free throws. North Harrison coughed up the ball 14 times.

"We were not able to make the outside shot," Walters said. "We were 1 of 23 from the three-point line."

North Harrison will go back and re-group for this weekend.

"We have a lot of young players who have not yet adjusted to playing games on the road," Walters said. "We will get back to work this week for our homecoming game against West Washington."


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