The Lebanon Greyhounds final chance at slaying the queens of the Cahokia Conference-Kaskaskia Division has arrived.
Beaten twice by league champion New Athens, Lebanon gets one last chance — this time with a little more at stake — when it taken on the Yellow Jackets (26-1) in the second of two semifinals Monday at the Class A Okawville Sectional.
Winchester will take on state-power Hardin-Calhoun (28-2) at 6 p.m. with the New Athens against Lebanon (23-4) game to follow at 7:30 p.m. The two winners will then play for sectional title at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Led by a balanced-scoring attack and a defense which has allowed more than 40 points only four times this season, New Athens defeated Lebanon 46-27 and 51-39 during the regular season. Senior Denae White leads New Athens in scoring (13.0 points per game) while Alina Lance (9.7) and Abby Marlow (8.9) have also been solid.
Lebanon is led by Kara Koester (11.6) and Krista Bass (10.3)
Class 2A Wesclin Regional
Two old rivals and also two of the premier girls basketball programs in the state — Central and Nashville — will attempt to move on in postseason play beginning Monday at the Class 2A Wesclin Sectional.
Nashville (21-8), coming off an impressive win over Dupo at the Red Bud Regional last week, will take on Benton at 6 p.m. That game will be followed by Central, ranked third in the Class 2A state poll, battling Carterville at 7:30 p.m. The semifinal winners will play for the sectional championship at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wesclin High School.
Both the Cougars and Hornettes have all-state players to lead their teams. River-to-River Conference champion Nashville is paced by senior all-state guard Jordi Harre. The 5-7 Harre will play volleyball at Kaskaskia College in Centralia in the fall.
Central is led by 6-2 junior center Kendra Wilken. Already committed to attend DePaul, Wilken averages 19.9 points and 11 rebounds per game.