It didn't take long for the Lebanon Tigers girls basketball team to establish their dominance over North Montgomery in the Sectional 25 opener at Western Boone.
Lebanon jumped out to an 18-2 lead six minutes into the game and forced 10 first-quarter turnovers and cruised to a 62-28 victory.
"We had really good intensity to start the game," Lebanon head coach Beth DeVinney said. "It is obviously nice when you have your kids playing really hard. We have talked about our defense all year long. When we don't play defense, we lose games. And when we do, we win, it is that simple."
Lebanon took a 6-0 lead just 93 seconds into the game thanks to forcing turnovers on North Montgomery's first two possessions.
North Montgomery scored on its third possession of the game to cut it to 6-2, but the Tigers scored the next 12 points, forcing seven more turnovers in the next 11 possessions (the other four resulting in missed shots). The Chargers finished with 33 turnovers in the game.
Lebanon hit its first seven shots of the game and finished 7-of-8 in the first quarter.
Despite starting two freshmen and two sophomores, Lebanon showed no nerves in the sectional opener.
"This team doesn't really have any jitters," DeVinney said. "They are a very unique team. They are kind of like last year's team where we didn't have any sectional jitters so to speak. I guess if we had any jitters last year it was in the first half of the regional. If there were any, I think we got all of that out of our system now. You can't say enough about our freshmen guards. They are very even-keeled; there isn't too much that shakes them up. I get on them pretty hard about their play. I want them to play at 110 percent for 32 minutes and that is tough. But they stay the course; they are good teammates and they play hard."
North Montgomery hung around for a little while in the second quarter, staying within 13 with 1:44 to play in the half, but Kristen Spolyar scored the final eight points of the first half and Lebanon built the lead to 21 at the intermission.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter.