Lady Tigers get win over Frankfort

Jan. 5—FRANKFORT — The Lebanon girls basketball team needed a win to kick off 2024 after finishing the first part of the year 7-9.

And while it wasn't necessarily a thing of beauty, the Tigers got a conference win over Frankfort 45-14 on Friday night.

"We just told the girls, it was an ugly win, but a win that we needed," Lebanon head coach Candice Huckstep said. "It was a conference game and our first game in a while, so it was important to get the win. But we have to clean things up."

The Tigers jumped out to a 21-3 lead at the end of the first quarter,

Claire Boling and Riley Vanaman each had seven points in the quarter, and the Tigers looked well on their way to getting a win.

"The girls came out focused and were ready to play a conference game," Huckstep said. "That was probably our best quarter, especially offensively, but after that we got pretty stagnant which was disappointing."

The middle two quarters were a struggle for both teams.

Lebanon out-scored the Hot Dogs just 6-4 in the second quarter and 10-5 in the third, as they struggled to put the game away.

"We became really stagnant and weren't really cutting against the zone," Huckstep said. "We looked lost at times and part of that is we tried some different line-ups and had girls playing together for the first time."

Boling had 11 points and Vanaman had 10 to lead the Lady Tigers. Ellie Cooper had five. Emily Sperry had seven rebounds and Jade Mount had six.

The Tigers are back in action Saturday afternoon at Bethesda Christian.

"Bethesda is going to play zone too, so that will be nice," Huckstep said. "We have to change some of what we are doing offensively, and have to execute better than we did tonight. We have to eliminate some of our errors if we are going to win."

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