Indianapolis — It all came down to the fourth quarter Wednesday night in the Lebanon Lady Tigers season opener against Cardinal Ritter.
But for Lebanon, there was no happy ending in the season opener, as an 11-2 run by the Raiders early in the quarter built a lead the Tigers couldn’t come back from in a 63-55 loss.
“I think we turned the ball over too much,” Lebanon head coach Beth DeVinney said. “We are still looking for our identity right now. We have been kind of going through this. We had our scrimmage Monday night and played a pretty good scrimmage against McCutcheon. We missed a lot of layups tonight, but that has been kind of characteristic of this team. We did that against McCutcheon too, we probably missed 20-25 layups. Those layups are backbreakers. We probably missed 10-12 tonight that would have turned the tide of the game.”
After losing Indiana All-Star Katie Curtis and 3-point specialist Aspen Davis to graduation, the Tigers have people looking to fill new roles.
DeVinney said that is going to be a process early in the season.
“People are different roles this year,” DeVinney said. “It is different all the way around not having Katie running the point. We are adjusting to our roles. Can I say I didn’t see this coming? No, I completely saw an early season loss coming. Did I expect it to happen tonight? I hoped that it wasn’t but I wasn’t that surprised. Ritter is a good team and we have a lot to learn. We have been preaching to them the last couple of weeks about their intensity on defense and they learned a hard lesson tonight about how hard they have to play. We will look to get better and improve every game.”
The score was tied at 10 after a quarter.