Girls Basketball

Lebanon makes history with first sectional win

Girls basketball

Lebanon makes history with first sectional win

The Lebanon Greyhounds survived a tough first quarter and raced past the Carrollton Hawks 55-35 on Monday in a semi-final contest at the Class 1A North Greene Sectional Basketball Tournament.

In search of the first girls sectional tournament win in school history, the Greyhounds (29-1) outscored Carrollton 17-6 in the second quarter to take a 26-15 lead at halftime. With senior Madison Schoenfeld leading a trio of Greyhounds in double figures with 16 points, Lebanon added to its lead in the final two quarters and sailed into the sectional title game Thursday.

Lebanon will take on the winner of the Okawville-Jacksonville Routt semi-final Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Abigail Reinneck added 13 points while Krista Bass added 10 points for the Greyhounds. Lebanon also got an emotional lift when senior all-state guard Kendra Bass played 20 minutes and scored four points. Kendra Bass suffered what was thought to be a season-ending knee injury last month, but coach Chad Cruthis said Monday that Bass was cleared to play late last week.

“We were nervous early in the first quarter then we put a little pressure on them in the second quarter which created nine turnovers. We went from tied at 9 after one quarter to up 26-15 at halftime,” Cruthis said.”We didn’t rebound very well. I think they outrebounded us 22-6 in the first half and so to be up 11 (points) at halftime, we were happy with that.

“We shot the ball well. I think we were 5-of-7 from the 3-point line and on defense we played a little zone trap in the second half. We took away their one guard to see if the other girls could beat us. I thought we did a good job.”

And having Kendra Bass back on the court?

“She’s not anywhere near what she is when healthy. But just to have her on the floor with her presence is a very big emotional lift. We said we wanted to win five straight games in the postseason. Well on Thursday, we’ll try for No. 4.”

Columbia rallies past Mascoutah at Freeburg Class 3A Regional

Junior Whitney Edwards scored 16 points to help lead the Columbia Eagles past Mascoutah 50-41 in a first round game of the Class 3A Freeburg Girls Basketball Regional.

Aryn Henke and Sophia Bonaldi chipped in with 10 points each for Columbia (17-10), which advances to take on top-seed Central at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Mascoutah ends its season at 3-23.

Columbia rallies past Mascoutah at Freeburg Class 3A Regional

Lily Oliver helped ignite the Freeburg offense early as the Midgets raced past Waterloo 69-33 on Monday in a first-round game at the Class 3A Freeburg Girls Basketball Regional.

The Midgets (20-6) led Waterloo (4-21) 26-10 after one quarter and were never threatened as they moved into a semi-final round game with fourth-seeded Jerseyville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Oliver led Freeburg with 21 points.