LaVille loses to Bruins, 43-38
LAKEVILLE — LaVille’s young team struggled with high turnover numbers against Bethany Christian, and 6-1 Bruins forward Natalie Thorne scored a game-high 17 as the Lady Lancers lost a 43-38 contest at home at Dale E. Cox Gymnasium.
The Lancers (2-6) surrendered 26 turnovers to Bethany’s 15, and the Bruins (4-7) capitalized with 15 points off those miscues — most of which were unforced — to suffer their second straight loss after a Northern State Conference setback at New Prairie Friday.
“That’s too many. Our goal is 16 or less,” said LaVille Head Girls Basketball Coach Kevin McCullough. “Yeah, 26, that’s how many shots you don’t get in a close game. That’s why they won the game. I give them some credit for that.
“I really didn’t attribute our turnovers to them. They played good defense, but I thought those turnovers were mostly errors we committed, not so much pressure that they were putting on us.”
The Lancers coughed up the majority of their turnovers — 16 — in the first half. The Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and after two lead changes and a tie, they capped off the first half with a 4-0 second-quarter-ending mini run to take a 20-14 advantage into the break and never trailed after the 2:05 mark of the first.
“Even though we had 16 turnovers in the first half, we still had a lot of good looks the first half where we felt like we could’ve been ahead,” said McCullough.
“I think we hurt ourselves a little bit trying to make an extra pass sometimes when I thought we got to a spot where we had a shot. That’s what I saw.”
Bethany was led by a game-leading 17 points from junior Thorne, who moved to 310 points in her varsity career. Most of the 6-1 forward’s production came from the paint and she had several more opportunities from the foul line as she scuffled to a 1-of-8 finish in free throws.
“We didn’t help on her enough. We knew part of the time when we were denying the ball, our denial got out a little too high sometimes, which, however, when you’re out that high, the lob, you have more area for your helpside to get there too,” said McCullough. “We had some negligent help-siders out there, and we just weren’t quick enough and we weren’t getting up close enough to her and we were letting her catch it, and you’ve got a shorter girl guarding a bigger girl when she catches it, so that part was really our failure to relate to that situation.”
LaVille was led by 14 points from senior forward Jesse Feitz, who recorded a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds as the Lancers outrebounded Bethany by a 34-23 margin, the seventh time the team has outrebounded its opponent this season. Junior forward Amanda Carbiener chipped in nine points, all in the second half, as the Lancers tried to rally back from deficits as high as 10 points.
“We’re still a developing team. Our kids are still deciding what type of players they’re going to be. That’s what we’re finding out,” McCullough said. “We’re still looking for our identity, how hard we’re going to play every night. We played hard tonight; we’ve just got to get the execution of it.”
LaVille slips to 2-7 on the season with its second straight loss after a pair of consecutive wins over Elkhart Christian and Jimtown. The Lancers host NSC foe John Glenn Saturday in what McCullough expects to be a close contest.
“The last five games against Glenn have basically been decided on last shots — either the winner makes it and wins or the loser misses it and loses — and two have gone into overtime. So that’s the kind of game I’m anticipating,” he said.
• BETHANY CHRISTIAN 43,
Score by quarters
BC: 9 20 35 43
LV: 7 14 25 38
LaVILLE (38): Amanda Carbiener 3 3-3 9, Kyla Coblentz 0 0-0 0, Jesse Feitz 5 4-5 14, Kelsey Gurtner 1 2-4 4, Hannah Herbster 1 0-0 2, Lynae Hostrawser 2 2-2 6, McKenzie Leed 1 0-0 3; Totals: 13 11-14 38.
BETHANY CHRISTIAN (43): Marie Bontrager 0 1-3 1, Gina Gautsche 3 5-6 11, Hanna Hochstetler 1 0-0 2, Laken Richer 1 0-0 2, Natalie Thorne 8 1-8 17, Malaina Weldy 2 4-7 8, Alena Yoder 1 0-0 2; Totals: 16 11-22 43.
3-pointers: LaVille 1 (Leed); Turnovers: LaVille 26, Bethany 15; Rebounds: LaVille 34 (Feitz 11), Bethany 23 (Gautsche 4, Thorne 4); Assists: LaVille 5 (Fetiz 2), Bethany (Weldy 6); Steals: LaVille 8 (Feitz 3), Bethany 11 (Weldy 4); Fouls (fouled out): LaVille 19 (none), Bethany 14 (none).
Records: LaVille 2-6, Bethany 4-7
JV score: LaVille 22 (Sydney Good 10), Bethany 12 (Katie Shank 4)