LEBANON - Get in, get out, move on. That's the approach the Southmont girls' basketball team will want to take Friday night when it makes the bi-annual trip to Lebanon for a Sagamore Athletic Conference clash. The Class 2A Mounties (4-15, 1-4 SAC) know that they will be heavy underdogs against the Class 3A No. 5 Tigers (18-2, 6-0 SAC).

"Not having them in the sectional, we're going to go play and move on," Southmont head coach Susan McVay said. "We've got to do the best we can to come out and put together a game. We know what they're going to do."

What the Tigers do is press, trap and create turnover from the first whistle to the final buzzer, regardless of the score. They have an 86-15 win over Western Boone this season and beat North Montgomery 76-25 Friday. The only Sagamore team to even stay in a game with Lebanon this year has been Danville, which lost by eight.

The Tigers' two blemishes are from the Class 4A No. 4 team, Homestead, and the Class 4A No. 5 team, Noblesville. Noblesville's only loss on the year is to Homestead. The Spartans have one loss to an Indiana team, Class 4A No. 3 Columbus North.

The Tigers are legit.

"They're strong, quick and aggressive," McVay said. "We're preparing the best we can."

Southmont is down to six full-time varsity players. The most recent injury was to Natalie Strauser, who broke her thumb Tuesday against Covington. Starting point guard Kaiti Chadd is out with an ACL tear and 6'0" sophomore Marlowe McVay lost the season to injuries in both legs.

Because of the limited depth, the Mounties will look to an inexperienced bench to provide minutes. How they handle the pressure could dictate how early and often they have to look to the bench.

"We're going to have JV kids have to step up and get minutes. We're going to have to be a whole lot smarter on the foul situations," McVay said.

"If we were at full strength I would say it's beneficial (to play your best opponent near the end of the season)," she added. "I think we've been building confidence and we are looking to continue that here."

The ladies will tip off at 6 p.m., preceding the boys' game.