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January 18, 2013

Scott Dudinskie's girls basketball column: A whole different year for Line Mountain

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"We were in games ... and we fell apart in a quarter," said Reed. "We've been doing that."

Monday the tell-tale quarter was the first. Danville hounded Line Mountain into 10 turnovers, shot 50 percent and built a 15-point lead in the period. It was a 25-point difference at halftime.

"Teaching moments ... there's one," said Reed. "I think it was 34-10 at halftime, or something like that -- it was awful, I know that. That's one where you can go in and rip the paint off the wall in the locker room. Instead of doing that, I'm drawing things up on the clipboard ... 'Here's what we need to do.'

"I said, 'You've just got to keep playing. Are we going to come back and win this game? I doubt it. But can we come out and look like we know how to play the game? Yeah.' We came out and looked respectable in the second half."

The Eagles played Danville even in the third quarter. Reed's daughter, junior guard Madeline, hit a pair of 3-pointers, and classmate Colleen Troutman pulled down five boards to go with four points and two steals.

In the face of a 37-12 halftime deficit, Line Mountain showed a great deal of heart. And while that and 75 cents will get you a can of Coke, that was a very good sign for them. It proved there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The players responsible for all but two of Line Mountain's 23 second-half points (remember, they had 12 in the first half) will return next season.

Lagerman, who's done much of the ballhandling in London's absence, should return to the post with a broader skill set. Same with Madeline Reed, who moved from the post to guard and leads the team in 3-pointers. That's to say nothing of the half-dozen other Eagles who are getting varsity minutes.

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