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Lebanon making change with Lady Tigers basketball

Feb. 9—LEBANON — Lebanon will be looking for a new girls basketball coach.

In a public Facebook post on Thursday morning, Candice Huckstep announced she would not be back next year as the coach.

She said in the post the move was made by administrators due to "the team's performance this season and culture."

The Lady Tigers were 11-15 this past season and 4-3 in the Sagamore Conference.

They lost to Danville in the sectional title game.

"We are very grateful for her years of service to our girls basketball program and to the Lebanon community," Lebanon Athletic Director Phil Levine said. "We appreciate her dedication and commitment to the program over the last five years, but at this time we felt like a change is what is best for the program."

Huckstep, a former Lebanon player, was hired prior to the 2019-20 season.

The Lady Tigers went 63-58 in her five years with a 24-10 mark in the conference.

Lebanon won their Holiday Tournament in the Huckstep's first year, and reached the final two other times. This year was the Lady Tigers first sectional title game appearance.

Huckstep declined comment when reached by the Lebanon Reporter on Thursday, but in her post had a message for her the team saying how much she enjoyed coaching them.

"The memories we have created together on and off the court are ones that I will cherish forever," Huckstep said. "Your dedication, hard work, and passion for the game have been truly inspiring, and I am immensely proud of each and every one of you, regardless of the outcome of our games.

"As we part ways, please remember that basketball is about more than just winning or losing. It's about teamwork, perseverance, and personal growth. I have no doubt that each of you has the potential to achieve great things both on and off the court, and I will continue to root for your success from afar."

The search for a new coach will start after the conclusion of the girls state tournament later this month.

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