Girls Basketball

Lebanon girls finish third at state tournament

Lebanon’s Emily Reinneck guards Schlarman Academy’s Anaya Peoples during an IHSA Class 1A state semifinal game at Redbird Arena in March. The Greyhounds lost to Schlarman before beating Okaw Valley in the third-place game.
Lebanon’s Emily Reinneck guards Schlarman Academy’s Anaya Peoples during an IHSA Class 1A state semifinal game at Redbird Arena in March. The Greyhounds lost to Schlarman before beating Okaw Valley in the third-place game. Commercial-News

The most successful season in Lebanon girls basketball history ended Saturday with a win in the third-place game at the Class 1A state tournament at Redbird Arena.

Twins Abigail and Emily Reinneck shut down Okaw Valley all-state guard Paige Robinson, and senior Kendra Bass scored 18 points, as the Greyhounds breezed to 46-31 win over the Timberwolves.

Playing a triangle-and-2 defense for the first time all year, Lebanon (32-2) bottled up the Okaw Valley offense from the start, bolting to a 25-14 halftime lead despite making just 6 of 19 shots in the first half. The Timberwolves were just 3 of 20 from the field in the first half — all 3-point baskets.

Okaw Valley (29-7) did not made its first 2-point field goal until about five minutes remained in the third quarter. The Greyhounds took their biggest lead of the game, 33-16, with 6:12 left in the third. Kendra Bass hit a short jumper, and Emily Reinneck and Bass connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to increase their lead to 17.

The Timberwolves would get no closer than eight points the rest of the game.

"We talked about how getting here was such a great opportunity," Lebanon coach Chad Cruthis said, "and today to be able to play well, finish with a win — to be only one of two teams to do that — is what we wanted to do.

"Now instead of ending the season in tears, we can go in and talk about all the good things that this team was able to accomplish this year.''

With the Reinneck sisters having a hand in the face of Robinson from the opening tipoff on, the 5-foot-10 senior was never able to get on track. Despite averaging 24 points during the regular season, Robinson was held to eight points and made just two of her 11 shots from the field.

And with Kendra Bass leading the way on offense and three teammates adding seven or more points, the Greyhounds had all of their bases covered.

"They (the Reinnecks) were to stay right with her (Robinson). If she went to the bathroom, they were to go with her,'' Cruthis said, laughing. "We always said that if we got here, that we weren't going to change anything. But that doesn't mean you can't tinker with it a little bit."

Krista Bass added nine points, while Abigail Reinneck added eight and Emily Reinneck added seven. The fifth starter — senior Madison Schoenfeld — added four points and four rebounds.

"I'm not sure it has hit me yet that this was our last game together," Kendra Bass said.

But it has hit Cruthis that after four years and 113 wins, his time with the Bass sisters, Schoenfeld and the rest of the seniors has come to an end.

"This group has been together for six or seven years, and all of the coaches through the years have had an influence in their success,'' Cruthis said. "It's kind of bittersweet because you are going to miss them, but you are excited about watching them continue to grow and mature into very successful young women.''

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