By Will Willems
The Lebanon Lady Tigers had the ball in the hands of the person they wanted to at the end of the regional semifinals against Mount Vernon Saturday morning.
With 1.2 seconds left and Lebanon down three, senior guard Katie Curtis was fouled attempting the tying 3-pointer by the Marauders Shaely Duff. Curtis made the first two free throws, but missed the third and the Tigers fell 45-44 to end their season.
“In the whole scheme of things that free throw is not indicative of our season or anything else,” Lebanon head coach Beth DeVinney said. “Katie Curtis is a consummate leader and a consummate point guard and that free throw matters naught. We turned the ball over plenty of times early in the game; we should have never put ourselves in that situation. You have to give her credit for getting a 3 off there, to even get to the line and give us that chance. You can’t say anything about the miss free throw or anything like that, it is neither here nor there.”
Mount Vernon turned the ball over on its first seven possessions, but Lebanon could only jump out to a 4-0 lead because it turned it over six times itself.
That set the tone for the rest of the game. Mount Vernon turned it over 23 times and Lebanon 19.
“I think the whole game we rushed a little,” DeVinney said. “Early in the game we had like seven turnovers in two minutes. The whole game we were pressing. Part of it is youth, with Kristen (Spolyar) never being in this environment, but you also have to give Mount Vernon credit. Their kids have been here before and their kids are good defenders. They work hard. Both teams are similar on paper. It comes down to one play; one play here or there. If make an extra shot or don’t turn it over an extra time — and you can do that all day long but I am not going to do that. Our team put a great effort on the floor today, we had a great defensive game plan. I thought we played great defense today, and I have to give my kids all the credit I though they played their butts off defensively.”
Lebanon led 10-5 after a quarter and 19-16 at the half.
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.