Lebanon Reporter

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January 30, 2014

Tigers offense clicks in senior night win

The Lebanon Tigers girls basketball team put it all together on the offensive end of the court Wednesday night.

Lebanon scored 85 points, its most since Dec. 13, 2005 and topped Franklin 85-71 on senior night.

"It is a new opponent for us and they scared me with the number of guards they have — they play a ton of kids," Lebanon head coach Beth DeVinney said. "Their kids just put shots up, and they went in tonight and we didn't defend the 3 very well. But all-in-all I was super happy with our transition play in the first half, we ran the floor really well, saw people, finished lay-ups, made free-throws and did all the little things that teams going down the stretch into sectionals need to do."

Lebanon shot 64.3 percent from the field (27 of 42) and got to the free throw line 38 times (making 29).

DeVinney said she liked the way her team finished.

"I think it goes back to the free throws and the made lay-ups," DeVinney said of the 85 points. "We got down the floor and attacked the basket. We aren't shooting a lot of 3-pointers, so that is a lot of points for just getting to the basket. We talked to the kids all year about how we aren't a tremendous three-point shooting team. We have our games that we are better than others, but for the most part we just attack the basket and shoot free-throws. We are getting better at both of those things."

Lebanon led by four after a quarter when Kristen Spolyar banked in a half-court buzzer beater and pushed the lead to 12 at the half.

The Tigers appeared to have the game well in hand after three, leading by 18.

But the Lady Grizzly Cubs made things interesting in the final eight minutes.

For more of this story, read Thursday's Lebanon Reporter.

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