White County ends Devils' region run

SPARTA — White County's boys jumped to a 15-point first-quarter lead Friday night and Lebanon's bid for a 14th straight Region 4-AAA appearance never really got off the ground in an 82-63 setback at Roy Sewell Gym. The Warriors led 24-9 following the first quarter. Lebanon trimmed the margin ...
Feb 19, 2007

SPARTA — White County's boys jumped to a 15-point first-quarter lead Friday night and Lebanon's bid for a 14th straight Region 4-AAA appearance never really got off the ground in an 82-63 setback at Roy Sewell Gym.
The Warriors led 24-9 following the first quarter. Lebanon trimmed the margin to 34-25 by halftime and 48-46 through three periods as White County advanced to today's District 7-AAA semifinal at Riverdale against top-seed Oakland with a 25-7 record.
Lebanon, which last missed the region in 1993, is finished for the season at 16-14.
"Tonight, White County was the better team," Lebanon coach Doug Keil said. "It wasn't lack of caring or lack of effort. We lost because they were just the better team tonight. I'm proud of our guys and how hard they fought. They competed, but White County outplayed us. I'm very proud of what our team accomplished.
"We just couldn't get over the hump. We made a few good runs. We cut the lead down to nine a few times and we were able to make a few runs, but we just couldn't catch up. We made a good effort to come back and that just speaks to the hearts and character of our young men. It wasa tough night. Hopefully, this will motivate our young men."
Tyler Greene poured in 31 points while Kyle Delaney dropped in 24 for the Warriors.
"They got after us tonight," Keil said. "They hit the baskets well. They got after us in the halfcourt trap and our guys looked a little wide-eyed. Then we settled down. But everytime we made a run, they started pounding on us. They did a tremendous job."
O'Keefe McCarver totaled 21 points in the Blue Devil finale while center Connor Burger tossed in 12, Herschal McCathern eight, Terrence Logue seven, Ken Walton six, Robert Crudup and Xavier Smith three each, Michael Edwards two and Alex Johnson a free throw.
"[McCarver's 21] just wasn't enough," Keil said. "We were fooled all night long. They forced us to struggle on defense early. They just shows how good of a job White County did.
"We didn't do a good job of blocking out whatsoever. We talked about those things – to take care of the ball and blocking out. We just didn't execute in that area."
Lebanon's girls will try to execute in those areas at 4 p.m. today when the Devilettes, fresh off an upset of Oakland on Thursday, take on top-seed Riverdale on the Lady Warriors' Murfreesboro floor. The winner will host a first-round Region 4-AAA game next week. Regardless, the Devilettes have already qualified for their first regional since 2002.
Staff Writer Marie Halpern can be reached at newsclerk@lebanondemocrat.com or 444-3952, ext. 46.

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