Hendersonville took a 6-2 lead and had a 44 total pin count against LHS following the first game. The Blue Devils responded in the second game with charge and only gave up 1.5 points taking the lead 8.5 - 7.5 gaining a 24 total pin count lead.
In the third game, Lebanon surrendered two points but took four individual point and two game point and three total pin count points for the win.
Lebanon High senior Andrew Lawrence rolled games of 235, 178 and 226 for a 641 series while senior Jake Manning had a 216, 184, 200 for an even 600 series. Sophomore Dustin Brakefield had a 220 game and freshman Peyton Bell a 206 game.
"We didn't have our best day," said LHS coach Lynne Jordan, "but the momentum we had going into the last game and the reality of being able to compete for a state title for the first time in the history of the program just added more fuel to fire."
The Blue Devils head into the state tournament 20-1 on the season.
Thursday morning, Lawrence will bowl at 9 a.m. in the quarterfinals of the state individual competition. Individual semifinals are set for 12 Noon with the individual championships set for 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Friday at 2:30 p.m. LHS bowls against Collierville in the quarterfinals. Team semifinals will crank up at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by the championships at 11:30 a.m.
Also earning spots in the individual tournament are local bowlers: Mike Murrell and Kyle Hubbuch from Wilson Central; Melodie Keaton, Hanna Hayes, and sisters Jessica and Elizabeth Giacobbi from Mt. Juliet High.