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Lady Tigers get senior night win

Jan. 19—LEBANON — A well-timed timeout made all the difference for the Lebanon Lady Tigers on Friday night against North Montgomery.

After the Chargers cut the Lady Tigers lead to 22-21 early in the third quarter, Lebanon head coach Candice Huckstep called timeout to get her girls refocused.

It worked to perfection, as Lebanon went on a 11-0 run spanning the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters, going on to win 40-28.

"We really picked up our full-court pressure, instead of our normal 2-2-1 press," Huckstep said. "That worked out pretty well for us. In the first half, we started kind of flat, so it was good to see us have the energy to get in the passing lanes a little more because we knew they struggled with ball handling."

The win ended the Tigers four-game losing streak and improved them to 9-13 on the year.

And while it wasn't a perfect performance, it was a good start in the right direction with the sectional right around the corner.

"It's still frustrating at times, but it was good to be on the winning side of it," Huckstep said. "We did a good job of limiting our turnovers in the second half and maintaining our composure. But what won us the game was our defensive intensity, especially in the third quarter — where we have struggled in the past."

The teams were tied at 6 at the quarter and Lebanon led 15-13 at the half. It was close in the early minutes of the third quarter, before the big run sealed the win.

Claire Boling led the Tigers with 15 points, shooting 7 of 9 from the field.

Boling had struggled with her shot in recent games, but it was good to see the junior guard get going on Friday, Huckstep said.

"Any time a player can get some confidence, especially with sectionals coming up, it's big," Huckstep said. "That was really good to see."

Ciarra Hiatt had six and Emily Sperry added five for the Tigers.

After the game, Hiatt, Sperry and Ava Lehmkuhler were honored on senior night.

"Those three are all extremely hard workers, both on the court and in the classroom too," Huckstep said. "They all have different roles, which is nice. Hiatt came back to us this year and has been a big piece of our team, and Ava was on JV last year and really stuck with it to get some minutes this year. Sperry is like an old soul, and it seems like she has just been with us forever. We are going to miss them and their hard work. They are great leaders."

Lebanon finishes the regular season next Friday at Southmont.

Note: The Lebanon boys game finished after deadline. The Tigers led by 20 in the fourth quarter. Full recap will appear on reporter.net.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.