Junior guard Morton had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 8 steals, as the Lebanon High girls basketball team jumped all over a young Hanover squad early on. Lebanon led 36-6 in the 2nd quarter after fellow junior guard Taylor Friedman (15 points) banked in a three-pointer.
Lebanon cruised to the win from there, although give Hanover credit because they kept fighting and hung in there in the 2nd half to make the final score respectable. In the end Lebanon won 62-45, improving to 10-0 on the season in Division II play. The Raiders were led by Morton and Friedman, plus Colleen Taylor (11 points) and Emily Kehoe (6 points while playing great defense and hustling all game).
Lebanon's full court press gave Hanover a lot of problems, as the Marauders struggled to get the ball across half court throughout the 1st half. Lebanon moved the ball well on offense and shot the ball well.
"When we pressure pressure people and rotate on defense we're tough" said Lebanon head coach Tim Kehoe. "We also moved the ball well on offense. But I was disappointed that in the 2nd half when we took the press off our kids mailed it in."
For Hanover, Asie Makarova had a team-high 16 points, while Holly Schlosser had 8 points off the bench and freshman guard JJ Daniel also played well. Senior forward Kate Gautier suffered a dislocated shoulder in the 3rd quarter.
"The same thing happened to her shoulder last year and she missed 6 days" said Hanover head coach Dan O'Rourke. "But I was proud of how well we competed. Holly Schlosser had her best game ever today for us."