By Will Willems Sports Editor
---- — Noblesville head coach Donna Keck knew that she has a deeper bench that can wear other teams out.
That was on full display Friday night when the Millers traveled to face the Lebanon Lady Tigers. Noblesville out-scored Lebanon 35-19 in the second half and beat the Tigers for the first time since 2009, 66-46.
"We are so deep and that is a big difference," Keck said. "A lot of teams we feel can probably stay with us and I thought we played really well in the first half, but it was only a six-point game. They have good players — they are talented — but I think we just wore them down. Their primary scorers had to play all 32 minutes, and that is the difference; we could run in a lot of different kids."
Noblesville led 18-10 after a quarter, but Lebanon scored the first six points of the second quarter to get within two points.
The Millers countered with a 7-0 run in a span of 1:12 to push the lead to nine, and Lebanon got no closer than five the rest of the half.
"I was really happy with the way we played in the first half," Lebanon head coach Beth DeVinney said. "We had a couple of missed lay-ups but all-in-all in the first half we followed the game plan and did what we needed to do. They are a good team; all their kids played a lot last year and they have experience. We have two kids with a lot of varsity experience. What a great half for (our kids) to play, but then we turn around in the third quarter and missed a couple of easy shots — and it was the story of the Ritter game — we missed some shots and they went down and scored because that is what good teams do. We just couldn't get over the hump."
Lebanon got within four on two occasions in the third quarter, the last time coming with 6:57 left in the frame on a basket by Carly Greene.
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.