The Lone Pine Golden Eagles have survived pre-league basketball and head into Desert Mountain League action tomorrow at Silver Valley.
The Lady Eagles are picking up their offense; the Eagles need some fine-tuning but both teams show a lot of promise.
After a strong showing at the Hawthorne Tournament last weekend, the Lone Pine Golden Eagles basketball squad headed to Ridgecrest for a rematch against the Immanuel Christian Crusaders Tuesday.
After a 50-point winning edge against the Crusaders, Nov. 27, a Lone Pine win was pretty much a foregone conclusion. The Eagles kept the game interesting for a 57-35 win.
â€śThere were a lot of fouls,â€ť said coach Scott Kemp. â€śWe were only ahead by 12-9 after the first quarter. I guess we figured weâ€™d better start playing.â€ť
Kemp also figured his Eagles could have gone 4-0 at Hawthorne. Lone Pine won two blow-outs by nearly 30 points each. The two losses, to the Virginia City Muckers and Pershing County, were by slim 2- and 4-point margins, respectively.
â€śThey were really good games,â€ť said Kemp of the tournament. â€śThe schools we play are bigger (than Lone Pine) but not by much. We get a lot out of it.â€ť
What Kemp got this year was the knowledge that once the Eagles perfect their outside shots and hone in on free throws, theyâ€™ll be a serious contender through the Desert Mountain League.
â€śWe had 20 free throws and only made 10 (against Virginia City),â€ť Kemp said.
Lone Pine was ahead against Virginia City 30-25 at the half. With 5 seconds left in the game, the Eagles clung to a 1-point lead.
Virginia City launched an air ball that got batted back into play, straight into the hands of a 3-point shooter, giving the Muckers their 2-point win at 49-51.
The Eagles went on their 2-game winning streak with a 61-35 victory over Mineral County and a 72-46 win over Rite of Passage.
Then came Pershing County, another down-to-the-wire loss for the Eagles at 52-48.
â€śWe had two chances with less than a minute to tie the game from the foul line,â€ť said Kemp.
With a 3-3 pre-league season record that could have as easily been 6-0, this Fridayâ€™s Desert Mountain League opener at Silver Valley will be a real litmus test for the young Eagles.
â€śThe game at Silver Valley (Friday) will start telling the story,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™ve had pretty good luck down there and weâ€™ve got a height advantage.â€ť
Eagles 57, IC Crusaders 35
Alec Garcia: 15 pts.
Ryan Cappello: 13 pts.
Michael Cappello: 10 pts.
Brad Greene: 7 pts., 7 blocks
Eagles 49, Virginia City 51
Brad Greene: 14 pts.
Greg Greene: 14 pts.
Michael Cappello: 13 pts.
Alec Garcia: 7 pts.
Eagles 61, Mineral Cty. 35
Michael Cappello: 19 pts.,
Brad Greene: 17 pts., 14 rebs.
Ryan Cappello: 8 pts.
Greg Greene: 7 pts.
Alec Garcia: 4 pts.
Eagles 72, Rite of Passage 46
Michael Cappello: 29 pts.
Brad Greene: 12 pts.
Ryan Cappello: 9 pts.
Alec Garcia: 8 pts.
Greg Greene: 1 pt., 15 rebs.
Kelly Hykes: 9 pts.
Garrett Sullivan: 4 pts.
Eagles 48, Pershing Cty. 48
Brad Greene: 10 pts., 12 rebs.
Ryan Cappello: 10 pts.
Michael Cappello: 12 pts.
Greg Greene: 8 pts.
Alec Garcia: 6 pts.
Following a so-so showing at the Hawthorne Tournament last weekend, Lone Pine Lady Golden Eagles coach Sonny Lindsey had his team concentrating on just shooting the ball at Mondayâ€™s practice.
The work paid off with a decisive 45-24 win over the Immanuel Christian Crusaders on the road Tuesday night.
The Eagles led 14-10 at the half. â€śWe scored 10 quick points in the first quarter,â€ť said Lindsey, â€śthen fell asleep.â€ť
After a half-time pep talk, the Eagles took command of the game, outscoring the Crusaders 31-14 for the 21-point win.
â€śIâ€™m happy,â€ť said Lindsey. â€śIt was a fun game.â€ť
â€śFunâ€ť probably wouldnâ€™t have been Lindseyâ€™s description of the first two games played at Hawthorne.
Lone Pine lost to Smith Valley, 24-39; were blown out of the water by Mineral County, 11-36, then came through against Pyramid Lake to end the road trip on an up note with a 34-17 win.
â€śThese were all good, tough teams,â€ť said Lindsey. â€śOur defense is there; we held them in points.â€ť
In the opening game against Smith, the Eagles outscored their opponent in the first quarter, then held them scoreless through the second.
Senior Desarae Coats was the high-scoring Eagle with 12 points against Smith Valley and 10 in the Pyramid Lake win.
Amanda Burlese and Maureen Cariou scored 9 points each against Pyramid.
â€ś(Building a team) takes time,â€ť Lindsay said. â€śWe have to be aggressive. I tell them itâ€™s OK to make mistakes as long as theyâ€™re aggressive mistakes. When we get a few more games under our belts, weâ€™re going to be good.â€ť
The Eagles meet the Silver Valley Trojans on the road Friday for their first Desert Mountain League game. Tuesday, Dec. 11, Bishop travels to Lone Pine for the annual cross-county basketball match-up.
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Eagles 45, IC Crusaders 24
Desarae Coas: 12 pts.
Maureen Cariou: 8 pts.
Amanda Barlese: 12 pts.
Katie Lacey: 4 pts.
Samantha Riesen: 6 pts.