LEBANON - The Lebanon boys basketball team was desperate for a win. That was costly for Southmont.

The Tigers had lost four in a row and eight of their last nine contests heading into Friday night's match-up with Southmont.

But thanks to a second-quarter run and a hot-shooting junior, the Tigers got the win they desperately needed. Trevor Lakes scored 31 points and the Tigers topped the Mounties 75-55.

Lebanon led 4-2 early, but went on an 8-0 run to take a 12-2 lead before leading 12-5 at the end of a quarter.

Southmont got within 18-13 early in the second quarter, but a 15-0 Lebanon run put the Tigers up 20 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Lakes and Jordan Mount.

Lebanon scored 29 points in the second quarter and led 41-21 at the intermission.

Southmont continued to battle throughout the second half, getting as close as 14 in the fourth quarter after a 3-pointer by Jarrett Todd, but Lakes went on a personal 8-0 run to put the game away.

Despite the loss, Southmont head coach Jon Sparks said he saw his team heading in the right direction.

"If you take out the Crawfordsville game last Saturday, we have played four good games out of five," Sparks said. "Last Friday we played a good Covington team and played them well. Tonight we did some similar things. I was really proud of our effort. I am just really proud of the guys. It would be easy to down on ourselves and be discouraged, and we didn't do any of that."

Todd and Kaleb Swick led the Mounties with 14 points each.

Southmont is back in action tonight at West Vigo.

"It is a long bus ride, but this is an opportunity to grow," Sparks said. "What we saw tonight, (we learned from). (West Vigo) is going to be similar and we have to be ready to see those exact same things."