By Will Willems
---- — It took the Lebanon Lady Tigers a while to get going Friday night in their Sagamore Conference match-up with Frankfort.
But when they finally did, they showed how dangerous they can be. Lebanon (9-3, 3-1 in Sagamore) out-scored Frankfort 27-10 in the fourth quarter and topped the Hot Dogs 69-48.
"We struggled early and you have to give Frankfort a lot of credit for that," Lebanon head coach Beth DeVinney said. "The came out with a lot of fire, a lot of intensity and were relaxed to start the game. For us, we were just flat. We didn't come out the way we wanted to, but you have to give them credit."
The Tigers haven't been able to get a lot of court time in the last week due to the bad winter storm that came through the Midwest, but DeVinney said that wasn't excuse for the Tigers slow start.
"I don't really buy into that," DeVinney said of the layoff rust. "It is a long basketball season and you should be able to withstand having a couple of days off. You should be fresh and ready to go especially after having some time off."
Frankfort jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game before Lebanon clawed its way back into it.
DeVinney didn't call a timeout during the stretch and said she was happy with seeing what the kids were made of.
"To give our kids credit, we showed some resiliency tonight," DeVinney said. "We got down 10 early and you have to test young teams. That is what I was doing by not calling a timeout. A lot of coaches would call timeout but I wanted to see what we were made of. That is what we have to do, because what happens if that happens in a sectional and we have no timeouts left? I wanted to see how the young kids react. They pulled themselves right back up and got back in the game."
Frankfort led by two after a quarter and one at halftime.
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.