Shelbie Timberlake’s 40-foot prayer at the overtime buzzer gave visiting Lanesville a thrilling 49-46 Southern Conference win over Henrvyille in girls’ basketball action at Furnish Gymnasium Thursday night.
The see-saw affair lasted for 36 minutes, and Timberlake’s buzzer-beater wasn’t the only big basket that was made in the contest.
Lanesville held a narrow advantage throughout the fourth quarter until forward Sythea Maudlin nailed a three-pointer for Henryville with 4.8 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 46.
The Hornets (5-3, 0-2) had a chance to win the game when Lanesville guard Ashley Schoen couldn’t find anyone with the inbounds pass and was called for a five-second violation following Maudlin’s trey. Jasmine Farrell’s desperation heave next clanged off the backboard for the Hornets and set up the overtime finish.
It was a tough loss for Henryville, but one coach Josh Conrad hoped his squad can learn from, he said.
“We just didn’t do what we needed to defensively,” Conrad said. “We gave up open shots, we gave up drives, and at times it hurt us.”
Lanesville jumped out to an early 8-2 lead behind the outside shooting of guard Brooklynn Keinsley, who scored the Eagles’ first eight points on two 3-point shots and a jumper in the lane over Henryville’s defense within the first two minutes of the contest.
It was 17-14 Lanesville midway through the 2nd quarter after Keinsley sank two free throws, but the Hornets dug in, ending the half on a 7-0 run behind a 3-pointer from Maudlin and baskets from Jasmine and Jenna Harrell.
Lanesville (2-4, 1-0) re-captured the lead with four minutes left in the third quarter when Schoen scored on an acrobatic lay-up and converted a foul shot to make the score 28-25 Eagles. They would hold a lead of no larger than five but no less than a point for the remainder of the contest prior to Maudlin’s trey that closed out the fourth quarter.
It looked like the Eagles were going to find some breathing room late in the fourth quarter after back-to-back three-pointers by Kayla Smith and Keinsley pushed the advantage to 39-34 Lanesville with three minutes remaining.
But a baseline jumper by Tyna Harbold and a give and go from Allison Knox to Jenna Harrell that resulted in a bucket narrowed the lead to 39-38, Eagles.
At the charity stripe, the Eagles converted four of six times inside the final two minutes, but two successful free-throw attempts from Knox and the Maudlin 3-pointer was all it took to push the game into overtime.
In the game’s final possession, Timberlake took the inbounds pass, snuck a glance at the clock, and under heavy pressure drove across the midcourt line. Her ensuing shot found nothing but the bottom of the net, and led to an impromptu Lanesville celebration at the Furnish Gymnasium midcourt.
“We can be a good team if we take a little more pride in our defense, and getting to spots where we can contest shots,” Conrad said. “I’m not sure we did that tonight.”
Keinsley led Lanesville with 16 points. Smith added 14. Henryville was paced by Jenna Harrell’s 16.
Henryville travels to Trinity Lutheran on Tuesday, while Lanesville heads to Pauli, also Tuesday.
Lanesville 13 4 13 13 6 — 49
Henryville 10 11 7 15 3 — 46
Lanesville (2-4, 1-0) — Bays 3, Schoen 11, Keinsley 16, Smith 14, Daly 0, Stewart 0, Timberlake 5.
Henryville (5-3, 0-2); Knox 14, Jas. Harrell 6, Embry 0, Harbold 2, Jen. Harrell 16, Maudlin 6, Richey 0, Gilstrap 2.
Rebounds — Lanesville 32 (Schoen 9); Henryville 33 (Maudlin 8).
Three-point goals: Lanesville 6 (Keinsley 4, Smith, Timberlake); Henryville 2 (Maudlin 2).
Turnovers — Lanesville 16, Henryville 15.
Junior Varsity — Henryville 26, Lanesville 13.