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Pushing the pace: Lane directs traffic for Superlarks, who roll past Wolverines

GRAND MEADOW — No Grand Meadow boys basketball player has logged in more minutes than senior Ethan Lane and it’s likely no other play has more responsibility.

Lane, a fourth-year varsity point guard, isn’t backing down from the challenge, contributing in a lot of ways as the Superlarks, as the Superlarks stormed past Glenville-Emmons 78-40 in GM Monday night.

Lane put up 16 points, four rebounds, three steals, three assists and a blocked shot in limited minutes, but his biggest role was to keep things moving. The Superlarks (5-1 overall, 4-1 SEC) sure did that as they ran out to a 22-2 lead in the first seven minutes of the game.

Grand Meadow’s Ben Kraft goes up for a lay-up against Glenville-Emmons in Grand Meadow Monday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

“I like to be the field general out there,” Lane said. “I like to be in command and make sure everyone’s in the right spot. Tonight was fun (to score 16), I got a little bit of a different experience.”

Fifteen different players scored in the win for GM as Colt Landers scored all 11 of his points in the first half and Ethan Gilbert added five points and five rebounds. GM head coach Dakotah Rostad said the win over the Wolverines (1-6 overall, 0-5 SEC) was a good step for his team.

“We still haven’t quite found our full rhythm yet. This was probably our best shooting night and I think that’s going to kickstart everybody. We’ve just got to come out of the gates quick,” Rostad said. “They are paying attention in practice and all of the hard work is paying off. We’re lucky to have guys that come in confident and ready, but it also showed us some things we need to hone in on.”

Grand Meadow’s Colt Landers puts up a hook shot against Glenville-Emmons in Grand Meadow Monday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

Lane had a blast cheering on his teammates who don’t always see varsity time in the blowout win, but he knows the Superlarks have some much tougher battles lying on the road ahead. He spent much of the offseason preparing for this season and he’s ready to lead.

“We have to have the mentality to keep grinding,” Lane said. “I’ve been working since the end of last year to get better and to get to that next level.”

Rostad said the Larks are in good hands with Lane running the offense and the defense from the court.

“The point guard’s got to be the floor general and not everybody can hear everything that’s coming from the coaches on the bench,” Rostad said. “The point guard’s got to be that voice on the floor and with this being Ethan’s fourth year at point guard I think he’s starting to hit his full stride. We’re lucky to have him.”

Grand Meadow’s Evan Oehlke reaches out for a loose ball against Glenville-Emmons in Grand Meadow Monday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

GE 20  20    40

GM 48  30    78

GM scoring: Ethan Lane, 16; Colt Landers, 11; Blake Ludemann, 6; Mason Greier, 6; Zac Hoffman, 5; Ethan Gilbert, 5; Jay Baldus, 5; Ben Kraft, 4; Dusty Copley, 4; Evan Oehlke, 4; Ryan Hinz, 3; John Baldus, 3; Roman Warmka, 2; Donavon Swanson, 2; Race Pooler, 1; free throws: 66 percent (4-for-6); rebounds: 30 (Gilbert, 5); turnovers: 15