LHS girls’ basketball team picks up win over Hillcrest

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Mebruer
Lebanon girls’ basketball coach Brendan Kelley discusses things with his team during a timeout of a high school girls’ basketball game. The ‘Jackets defeated the Hillcrest Hornets, 63-51 on Thursday night in Boswell Auditorium.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Behind a big third quarter and three scorers in double figures, the Lebanon High School girls’ basketball team came away victorious on Thursday night over the Hillcrest Hornets, 63-51.

After going into the locker room up 33-32 at halftime, the ‘Jackets turned to a full-court press in the second half to speed up the Hornets (0-20) and forced multiple turnovers that led to easy layups, including three straight possessions that resulted in a turnover and layup for LHS.

“The main thing we tell our kids with the press is that we aren’t going to get a turnover every single time,” Lebanon head coach Brendan Kelley said. “We want the opposition to expend a lot of energy and stress getting the ball down the court and don’t want to give up a layup on the backside.

“We had a 6-0 run in a span of like 20 seconds, and anytime you are able to do that you have completely seized the momentum of the game and that helped us to make our run and wipe everything out.”

Lebanon (7-14) struggled out of the gate and trailed 20-6 early in the first quarter, but were able to crawl back and cut the lead to 20-11 at the end of the quarter.

“I was not very happy,” Kelley said about the first quarter. “I know people aren’t able to view our practices, but our effort and intensity level have been so much better the past couple of weeks, and it has shown in the games. When we came out flat, I was really upset and disappointed.

“To our kids’ credit, we came out and played hard in the second quarter defensively and turned everything around before halftime and seize the momentum.”

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BOX SCORE

High school girls’ basketball

on Thursday, at Lebanon High School

 

Varsity

LEBANON 63, HILLCREST 51

 

LHS – 11 22 18 12 – 63

 

HHS – 20 12 5 15 – 51

 

LHS – Grace Calhoun 2, Jenna Glendenning 18, Skylyr Leake 12, Carsyn Bowman 5, Abby O’Connor 6, Alyssa Wright 5, Kamryn Mack 15.

 

HHS – Sarah Hale 17, Madison Shafferkoetter 14, Jasmyn Johnson 14, Reagan Johnson 6.

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