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.
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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.