By Will Willems Sports Editor
---- — When Lebanon sophomore Kristen Spolyar is on, there aren't many better basketball players in the state.
She showed that Wednesday night, scoring 31 points to lead Lebanon to the 58-50 win against second-ranked Western.
"This is finals week, so this is a tough week mentally," Lebanon head coach Beth DeVinney said. "We have some smart kids and some resilient kids. I thought we set the tone early tonight and Kristen came out and played one of the best games I have seen of her career. She was a leader, stepped up and hit shots when we needed them, got the basket when she needed to and tonight she rebounded the ball well too. It was just a complete game for her. We are starting to become a very good team."
Spolyar came out with a hot hand, hitting her first four shots, including three 3-pointers to help Lebanon jump to a 16-11 lead after a quarter.
Western went on an 8-2 run to take a one-point lead with 5:00 left in the half, and the teams traded baskets the rest of the half, which ended tied at 27.
The Tigers dominated coming out of the locker room in the second half.
Carly Greene scored eight points in a 10-3 run to give Lebanon a seven-point lead and the Tigers led by eight after three quarters.
Lebanon shot 6-of-8 from the field in the third quarter (compared to 2-of-10 for Western) and 13-of-18 (72 percent) in the second half.
For more of this story, read Thursday's Lebanon Reporter.