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.
“There were a lot of fouls,” said coach Scott Kemp. “We were only ahead by 12-9 after the first quarter. I guess we figured we’d better start playing.”
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.
“They were really good games,” said Kemp of the tournament. “The schools we play are bigger (than Lone Pine) but not by much. We get a lot out of it.”
What Kemp got this year was the knowledge that once the Eagles perfect their outside shots and hone in on free throws, they’ll be a serious contender through the Desert Mountain League.
“We had 20 free throws and only made 10 (against Virginia City),” 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.
“We had two chances with less than a minute to tie the game from the foul line,” said Kemp.
With a 3-3 pre-league season record that could have as easily been 6-0, this Friday’s Desert Mountain League opener at Silver Valley will be a real litmus test for the young Eagles.
“The game at Silver Valley (Friday) will start telling the story,” he said. “We’ve had pretty good luck down there and we’ve got a height advantage.”
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 Monday’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. “We scored 10 quick points in the first quarter,” said Lindsey, “then fell asleep.”
After a half-time pep talk, the Eagles took command of the game, outscoring the Crusaders 31-14 for the 21-point win.
“I’m happy,” said Lindsey. “It was a fun game.”
“Fun” probably wouldn’t have been Lindsey’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.
“These were all good, tough teams,” said Lindsey. “Our defense is there; we held them in points.”
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.
“(Building a team) takes time,” Lindsay said. “We have to be aggressive. I tell them it’s OK to make mistakes as long as they’re aggressive mistakes. When we get a few more games under our belts, we’re going to be good.”
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.
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.