PREP HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Lane Reed bringing it for Leo; Luers girls putting sub-par season behind them

Senior Lane Reed is not just getting it done on the offensive end for Leo. (News-Sentinel.com file photo by Dan Vance)
Bishop Luers senior Kathryn Knapke is one of the few veterans on an otherwise still-young Knights team. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

So how versatile is Leo leading scorer Lane Reed?

“I think his best asset is defense,” said Lions coach Cary Cogdell. “He can guard positions 1-5 with his speed and strength.”

The veteran has been no slouch offensively. He dropped 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a victory over Churubusco last Wednesday. His lay-up with 0.9 seconds left in regulation lifted Leo to a 39-38 victory at Heritage on Friday as the Lions improved to 3-1.

Reed, who saw significant action as a sophomore off the bench before starting last year as a junior, is a student of the game as well.

“He probably spends more time watching film that anyone else,” Cogdell said.

Reed will need to be big next Friday as the Lions host Huntington North in a key early-season NE8 showdown.

“With what Huntington North lost to graduation, I did not expect them to be this good,” said Cogdell about the 4-0 Vikings. “Early on, and I know (Huntington North coach Craig Teagle) won’t like me saying this, but they look as good as they were a year ago.”

BISHOP LUERS GIRLS RETURNING TO FORM

Some eyebrows were raised last season when traditional girls hoops power Bishop Luers plodded its way to just seven wins.

But in seeing the Knights play, it was obvious that there was plenty of talent on the roster, albeit very, very young.

Fast-forward to 2017 and coach Mark Pixley’s team is one year older and better. Wins over Huntington North and North Side last week has Bishop Luers 6-2 on the year with a home showdown with Northrop looming on Friday.

Despite the strong start, the Knights are still extremely young. Senior Kathryn Knapke (14.3 points per game) is the lone upperclassman among the seven leading scorers on the team.

“At the beginning of the season I said we had a lot of experience because everybody was back, but it’s still a young team,” Pixley said. “Last year was a down year, but people who saw us play understood what we were trying to build.”

Sophomore Lydia Reimbold has taken the next step in her development. Her scoring (14.1 ppg) has been on point as expected, but it is the other aspects of her game that have grown stronger since her rookie prep campaign.

“Lyd’s scoring is always going to be there, but we needed her to do more rebounding this year,” Pixley said. “Her assists and blocks numbers are really good as well, and her scoring is coming easier.

“She is only about 5-foot-9 or 5-10, but she is really long.”

The next two Fridays will be big for the young Knights as they look to continue to develop. The showdown with the Bruins this week will be followed by a trip to Homestead next Friday.

“These are the top two teams in Fort Wayne I think,” said Pixley about Northrop and Homestead. “I want to see how we compete against them.”

QUICK HITS

South Adams senior Lexi Dellinger surpassed 1,000 career points in last week’s win over Ansonia (OH)…South Side girls have won their first six games of the year for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign…Lindsey Beard of Eastside became a member of the 1,000-point club on Saturday in a win at Garrett. She is the 7th girls player in program history to eclipse the mark. The Blazers are 6-1…The Huntington North boys team is 4-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

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