Some who might have had Lebanon as a dark horse candidate for the Class 3A state championship might have to switch their pick.
Count Western Boone into the mix for possible contenders for a trip to Indianapolis after they sprung the upset of the fifth-ranked Tigers 58-57 in the Sectional 25 Semi-Finals Friday night at Case Arena in Frankfort.
Lebanon led by two with under ten seconds to go when Western Boone's CJ McMann scored a basket and was fouled. McMann hit the subsequent free throw and the Stars made the stop on defense to preserve the upset.
Kyle Spray's team will now face the host Hot Dogs for the Sectional 25 title after they breezed past North Putnam 70-33.
An entirely different game unfolded in the the nightcap where 17-4 Lebanon entered as the favorite with strong guard Trey Hendrix leading the way. Despite his ability to hit threes in the first half, the Stars were able to match each run made by the Tigers in the first 16 minutes.
The lead for Western Boone got as high as seven at one point in the first quarter but was eventually trimmed by Lebanon, who got a three-point lead on a second quarter three-pointer by Garrett Breedlove. Tyler Aguirre, however, enjoyed a strong half and his layup with under a minute to play in the first half gave the Stars a three-point lead.
It was this back-and-fourth that continued all the way to the end, with McMann's two-and-foul proving to be the different for the Western Boone who also won a close game over Crawfordsville 67-64 in the Sectional 25 Quarterfinals.
For host Frankfort the game was much easier, as the Hot Dogs rushed out to a 38-10 lead on North Putnam at halftime. Christian Smith led the way with 26 points while Alex Isgrigg poured in 16, many coming on fast breaks in the third quarter when Frankfort put the Cougars away in route to a 37-point victory.