Girls Varsity Basketball · Tigers handle Stars to move to 2-0 in conference

Dec 13, 2019

DOVER – It all started on the defensive end of the court for the Lebanon Lady Tigers Friday night against Western Boone.

Lebanon held Western Boone to 4 of 25 shooting through three quarters and forced 27 turnovers, topping the Stars 46-20.

“I was proud of our girls,” Lebanon head coach Candice Huckstep said. “Anytime you can beat Western Boone, regardless of sport, that’s the goal. Our kids came out with a lot of confidence, and executed our game plan. They wanted to win this game.”

Western Boone was without leading scorer Kara Brewer, who was in a walking boot on the sideline.

The Stars hung around in the first quarter, trailing by six after a period, but then things started going downhill.

The Stars shot 1 of 17 in the middle two quarters, turned it over 15 times and saw Lebanon build a 26-point lead.

“Turnovers have plaqued us all year long,” Western Boone head coach Megan Alexander said. “We just aren’t doing our jobs right now and are struggling to get the ball up the court on offense. We have a couple of strong posts, but we can’t get them the ball. We have to really get back to our fundamentals and can’t be overthinking the simple things.”

Huckstep said a focus of the Tigers’ defense was to limit the Stars touches in the post.

She said she was proud of her group’s effort, holding Tori Wilkinson to four points and eight rebounds, and Addy Bascom to three points and four rebounds.

“We really wanted to limit Tori Wilkinson on the boards,” Huckstep said. “She is leading our conference with 13.5 a game, and is just super strong down there. She is really active and always moving. Our posts did an awesome job defending and it was a great overall team win for us.”

Alexis Wines led the Tigers with 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers.

Christina Lamb had nine points, with Gabby Brewer, Emma Huse and Kierston Smith adding five.

It was a good bounce back for Wines, who averaged just more than five points over the last three games.

“She has been struggling lately, but she has been putting in a lot of time outside of practice,” Huckstep said. “She knew she had been shooting a little flat, and it was good to see her bounce back. The good thing with us is it seems like every game it’s a new leading scorer. It’s good to have that many offensive threats.”

Lebanon hosts Shortridge Tuesday before heading to Danville Friday for a key Sagamore Conference contest.

“We have some confidence being 2-0 in conference now,” Huckstep said. “We have a couple days of practice before Shortridge, and hopefully we can keep this going against a potential sectional opponent.”

Hillary Reed led Western Boone with 10 points.

Western Boone has now lost three straight, and has a week off to get ready for Southmont.

“We are kind of at a crossroads right now,” Alexander said. “It comes down to what kind of legacy do our seniors want to leave. Do we want to be the team that makes excuses and hang our heads with injuries and adversity, or be known as the team that was able to overcome all that.”

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter and Zionsville Times Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter