Girls’ pressure overwhelms Mounties
For the third-straight season, the Lebanon Lady Tigers are the undefeated champions of the Sagamore Conference.
The Class 3A No. 2 Tigers dominated from the opening tip and beat Southmont 83-45.
“For a lot of our kids they are used to it, but for me being my first time is outstanding,” Lebanon head coach Beth DeVinney said. “And we have some freshmen who have never done it before so for us newbies it is great. To come in to a team like this is great. We have a tremendous point guard and team that works their butts off. We had a tremendous week of practice and you could see that in the first half today.”
Lebanon led 15-0 just more than three minutes into the game, using their press to turn Southmont over and get easy lay-ups on the other end.
Southmont head coach Chloe Allen said Lebanon’s press was an adjustment for her girls.
“For us, handling the ball into the front court has been our main focus,” Allen said. “The girls did a great job getting it over half court; it just took them a while to realize there was another trap coming. But it would have been very easy for the girls to quit after the first quarter. One of our goals is to improve every game and they really worked on some things and improved on some things today. Lebanon is a great team, and this should motivate us to work hard in the off-season to become a great team.”
Lebanon led 28-11 after a quarter and 51-20 at the half.
The Tigers forced more Mountie turnovers (22), than points allowed (20).
“Our focus and intensity early was great,” DeVinney said. “We really worked hard on our positioning and angles. That was the little things that were lacking. We did a better job of that today and the top of our press was clicking.”
The game was never close in the second half.
Southmont played better in the second half, only losing 32-25.
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