Throughout the 2014-15 season, the Crothersville boys basketball team has struggled putting together a solid 32 minutes of play.
While they traded the lead with Lanesville in the first half before tying the game at halftime, the Tigers imploded in the second half on the way to a 74-56 loss.
After a 32-all tie at halftime, Lanesville held Crothersville to just four points in the third quarter while adding 25 to its own score.
The Tigers committed 12 of their total 26 giveaways in the third quarter.
“At halftime it was a tied game, and I thought we really matched their intensity,” Tigers coach Greg Kilgore said. “Third quarter they turned it up; we didn’t match it. We had eight turnovers at halftime and 12 in the third quarter — that’s your game in a nutshell.”
In the first quarter, the Eagles’ Matt Husband scored 16 of his squad’s 19 points.
The Tigers were able to close a nine-point gap behind a converted and-one opportunity by Clayton Bird and a 3-pointer by Tyler Luedeman as they trailed 19-17 after eight minutes.
Luedeman hit 3-pointers at the 6:34 and 4:51 mark in the second quarter to give the Tigers a 25-23 lead.
The two teams traded the lead three more times before tying at the halftime whistle.
Following intermission, Lanesville found other ways to score rather than relying on Husband.
Junior Joe Ferree made three-straight baskets, Husband hit a 3-pointer and Ferree got another field goal from 5:10 to 2:15.
The Tigers ended 15-0 run when Jordan Schoenfelder scored with 1:16 remaining in the third quarter.
“We’ve struggled putting four quarters together all season,” Kilgore said. “Maybe three games out of 22 we’ve done that. We have to learn to play all 32 minutes. If we play teams like the one we did tonight, we have to put it all together to win more games.”
Up 57-36 after 24 minutes, the Eagles coasted to their ninth win of the season.
Schoenfelder led the Tigers in scoring and on the boards with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Husband finished with a game-high 33 points.
The Tigers turned the ball over 26 times to the Eagles’ 15 giveaways.
The Tigers (6-16) will conclude their regular season at Austin tonight.
“I don’t mind ending the season (against tough teams),” Kilgore said. “These teams we’re playing (this week) are up there with Orleans and Trinity Lutheran. If we can come out and play like we did that first half, we can play in our sectional. If we put four quarters together mentally we can make a run.”