Lady Tigers ready to end regional drought

Reporter file photoKristen Spolyar and her Lebanon teammates will look to claim the school's first regional title since 2001 Saturday at Danville.

The Lebanon Lady Tigers have remained focused at the task at hand.

After winning their fourth sectional title in five years Saturday night, they have moved their focus to this Saturday's Danville Regional, looking for the school's first regional title since 2001.

"We have had a couple of good days of practice this week," Lebanon head coach Beth DeVinney said. "I can't say that every day has been fantastic, but we have had some good days. We had a really good practice at Danville on Wednesday and we are getting ready to play just another game. That is how we are approaching it; another 32 minutes."

Lebanon will play Northview in the second game of the day, scheduled for approximately noon. Danville will meet Bishop Chatard at 10 a.m. in the first game.

Northview comes into the game 18-6. In the Sagarin rankings they they 27th in the class and 100th in the state.

Mikayla Rowan leads the Knights, averaging 20.5 points a contest and grabbing 10.9 rebounds. Mallory Smith is averaging 12.8 points and 4.4 rebounds and Stacy Payton is averaging 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.

"I have been watching them for about four weeks," DeVinney said. "We know their tendencies. They are big, they have four kids over 6-feet that start so we have to do things right. We can't take for granted passing lanes and things like that — we have to execute our offense. It is the same thing from wen you are playing a team your size, you just have to change your passing a little bit — throw better pass fakes, get the ball around people instead of over the top. It is little adjustments like that, then we have to focus on our interior defense and how we are going defend bigs on inside."

Lebanon comes into the game ranked third in Class 3A in the Sagarin rankings and 17th overall.

Its 73.08 points per game is fourth best in the state and top in Class 3A.

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

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