Lakers use team effort to thump WRV 46-30 in semifinal

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Lane Gilbert (34) puts up a shot. He led Shakamak with 17 points.
By Shad Cox

SWITZ CITY-- Shakamak received one of its best team efforts Friday night to beat White River Valley 46-30 in the first semifinal of Sectional 57.

The Lakers (9-15) got good efforts from:

Lane Gilbert who led the team with 17 points, nailing all nine of his foul shots.

WRV's Andrew Ellett tries to get past Drew Crane of Shakamak. Both players enjoyed good games. Ellett scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds. Drane scored nine and also plucked five boards.
By Shad Cox

Rylee Landry, who started slow, but ended with nine points and led all players with six boards.

Devin Stienstra, who scored nine while giving the Lakers good D and passing.

Drew Crane, who nailed two big trifectas, as he scored nine and also grabbed five rebounds.

Rylee Landry gets ready to put up a three.
By Shad Cox

John Gould, who only got two points, but made a few big plays for the winners.

“It’s kind of one of those things we preached,” said Shakamak coach Nate O’Neall. “We tried to preach to get back to last week with the North Daviess, Eastern, Cloverdale games where we looked sharp. All the guys were involved.”

The win was one of Shakamak’s better defensive efforts of the season, O’Neall said, as the Lakers held WRV to 11-31 (35.5 percent) from the field.

WRV's Shaun Gibson drives toward the basket.
By Shad Cox

Freshman Andrew Ellett led WRV with 12 points and five rebounds. However, WRV coach Jimmy Beasley, Jr., said the Wolverines didn’t hit any three-pointers or long deuces.

“I don’t think we hit a thing outside the paint,” he said. “We just couldn’t find a rhythm. In sectional play, ... you’ve got to be able to hit shots and tonight wasn’t a night for us.”

Shakamak led 10-4 after the first quarter. Stienstra and Crane knocked down triples to fuel a 10-2 run, but WRV cut into Shakamak’s lead with a pair of charity tosses by Ellett.

Tanner Denham (24) jumps high to put up a shot over Rylee Landry.
By Shad Cox

Both teams scored just four points in the second frame. The Lakers failed to hit a field goal, but got their points on two free throws apiece by Gilbert and Landry.

The Lakers pulled away in the third quarter. Stienstra drove down the middle for a layup,drew a foul, and sank the free throw to begin the onslaught, and Landry’s short bank shot made the score 19-8. Ellett’s seven-footer finally put WRV on the scoreboard, but buckets by Landry and Drew Crane pushed the Shakamak lead to 24-10.

O’Neall said Crane’s played one of his better games of the season. He said the coaches have been encouraging Crane to look at the bucket more because he’s “a good, big, physical kid.

Taylor Hacker of WRV gets ready to put up a free throw.
By Shad Cox

“He hit some big three’s.”

The Wolverines refused to say die. Andrew Hacker converted a fossil three-point play and Blaine Patterson went in for a layup after Hacker made Landry eat the ball. However, Gilbert swished two charity shots and Landry went in for a layup to stake Shakamak to a 28-15 lead heading into the final stanza.

WRV opened the quarter with a 6-1 run as Patterson and Joe Records turned in fossil three-point plays. However, Crane drilled a trey and Stienstra swished two free throws to put Shakamak on top 34-23. The teams pretty much swapped scores the rest of the way.

Layne Webb contemplates a three-point attempt.
By Shad Cox

“It was a good team win,” O’Neall said.

Beasley said the Wolverines, like their namesakes, kept fighting until the end.

“They don’t ever want to give up and that’s going to carry them a long way,” he said. “Twenty and 30 years from now it will mean a lot. I’m proud of each and every one of them.”

Shakamak 10 4 14 18 -- 46

WRV 4 4 7 15 -- 30


Landry 3-11 3-4 9, Stienstra 2-6 4-5 9, Gilbert 4-10 9-9 17, Kinnett 0-0 0-0 0, Dicus 0-1 0-0 0, La. Webb 0-0 0-0 0, Gould 1-1 0-0 2, Le. Webb 0-0 0-0 0, Crane 3-4 1-2 9, Helt 0-0 0-0 0, TEAM 13-33 .394 17-20 .850 46.


Records 2-3 1-1 5, Sparks 0-1 0-0 0, Patterson 3-5 1-1 7, Lemmons 0-0 0-0 0, Denham 0-7 0-0 0, Wall 0-0 0-0 0, Rogers 0-0 0-0 0, Gibson 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Ellett 5-10 2-2 12, Hacker 1-4 2-4 4, TEAM 11-31 .355 8-10 .800 30.

Three-Point Shooting: Shakamak 3-12 .250 (Crane 2-2, Stienstra 1-3, Dicus 0-1, Gilbert 0-2, Landry 0-4), WRV0-6 .000 (Records 0-1, Hacker 0-2, Denham 0-3). Rebounds: Shakamak 24 (Landry 6, Crane 5, Gilbert 4, Stienstra 3, Gould 2, Team 1, Deadball Rebounds 3), WRV 18 (Ellett 5, Hacker 3, Denham 2, Patterson 2, Sparks 1, Gibson 1, Team 1, Deadball Rebounds 3). Assists: Shakamak 6 (Landry 2, Stienstra 2, Gilbert 1, Gould 1), WRV 4 (Denham 1, Hacker 1, Gibson 1, Team 1). Steals: Shakamak 5 (Gilbert 2, Stienstra 2, Crane 1), WRV 7 (Denham 2, Gibson 2, Patterson 1, Records 1, Team 1). Blocked Shots: Shakamak 2 (Gilbert 1, Landry 1), WRV 2 (Ellett 1, Hacker 1). Turnovers: Shakamak 9, WRV 14. Fouls: Shakamak 13, WRV 16. Fouled Out: Denham (WRV).

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