Lebanon Reporter

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February 1, 2014

Tigers win 4th-straight conference title

Since girls basketball became a recognized sport in the Sagamore Conference in the 1978-79 season, only two teams had won four-straight conference titles.

Now there is three. With a 69-39 win over Southmont Friday night, the Lebanon Lady Tigers earned at least a share of their fourth-straight title, joining Frankfort (1989-1993) and the Lebanon teams of 1997-2000 as the only ones to earn the feat.

Western Boone has a chance to earn a share of the conference title with a win against Crawfordsville next week.

"We were given knew life last week (when Danville beat Western Boone) and for the seniors it is especially great because it is four and that is unheard of," Lebanon head coach Beth DeVinney said. "It is really rare to do something like that. It is just a good job all the way around. Every game is a battle and we have had to fight through all of them. Some of them are ugly, but that's OK, we'll take it."

Lebanon grabbed control of the game early.

After leading 3-2, the Tigers went on an 18-2 run that carried into the second quarter to take a 21-4 lead.

Southmont got no closer than 12 points the rest of the game.

Lebanon forced 17 of Southmont's 25 turnovers in the first half, leading to 14 points. The lead could have been more but Lebanon shot just 8 of 31 (25.8 percent) from the field and 6 of 27 (22.2 percent) from two-point range in the first half.

For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.

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