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Girls basketball: Lebanon edges Heritage Christian

12:00 AM, Jan. 15, 2013 EST

Lebanon's Kristen Spolyar has a true scorer's mentality.

Far below her normal scoring production on Monday night, the freshman clearly didn't care. She calmly drained a lefty jumper from near the free throw line for the winning points with 13 seconds remaining as the Tigers won 48-47 at Heritage Christian.

Spolyar, a guard who entered averaging nearly 21 points per game, was held to 12. Lebanon coach Beth DeVinney was glad her young star was ready to deliver when it mattered most.

"You couldn't ask for a better shot for someone like Kristen Spolyar to take," DeVinney said. "With a freshman on this stage, you can't say enough about her stepping in and taking that shot. The kid is just steady. She doesn't have a lot of ups and downs. She wants to take the shot whether we're up, down or indifferent."

Heritage coach Rick Risinger gave Spolyar credit for making the clutch shot, but he also felt his team gave her an open look by perhaps forgetting that Spolyar is left-handed.

"We did know she was going to go left, and unfortunately, we got on her right hip and not her left side, so we gave her that left opportunity," he said. "That was in the scouting report, and we talked a little bit about that."

Heritage Christian's freshman phenom, Tyasha Harris, had a chance to best Spolyar's shot when the Lady Eagles inbounded with 1.1 seconds remaining. Harris tried to get position in the paint but the inbounds pass drifted and pulled her beyond the 3-point line. Harris ended up with an off-balance 3 that missed at the buzzer.

"We just kind of threw that soft pass," Risinger said. "With one second to go, you can't have a soft pass. It didn't work out, but we were there. We had an opportunity."

Colgate recruit Katie Curtis led Lebanon with 14 points and Carly Greene added 13 for the Tigers (16-2), ranked No. 4 in Class 3A.

Allison Schofield scored 14 points and Harris, Heritage Christian's leading scorer for the season, added 10 for the Lady Eagles (16-2), ranked No. 3 in Class 2A.

Lebanon led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter and expanded the lead and led 25-14 at halftime.

Early in the fourth quarter, Harris stole the ball and was fouled on a made layup. She missed the free throw, so Lebanon still led 42-41.

Sydney Hall's 3-pointer with 3:25 remaining gave Heritage Christian a 44-42 lead, and a 3 by Taylor Hall that banked in made it 47-44.

Lebanon came back. Greene's free throws with 1:14 left trimmed Heritage's lead to 47-46 and set up the wild finish.



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