Lebanon advances to district championship game

LCR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon senior Kamryn Mack, above, scored a game-high 16 points in a 53-23 district semifinal win over the Waynesville  Tigers on Monday night at Camdenton High School. With the win, Lebanon advances to play Camdenton in the district championship on Thursday.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

After falling 61-57 to the Waynesville Tigers on January 17, the Lebanon High School girls’ basketball team avenged themselves by defeating the Tigers in the Missouri Class 5 District 10 semifinal on Monday at Camdenton High School in dominating fashion, 53-23.

With the win, Lebanon (15-10 overall) will advance to the district championship game for the third time in the past six seasons in the first year under head coach Jacky Payne. 

Lebanon will have another opportunity to get revenge on an Ozark Conference rival who beat them earlier in the year as the ‘Jackets will take on the Camdenton Lakers at Camdenton High School on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the title game.

“Camdenton has a few more weapons than Waynesville does, and we just have to clamp down on some areas,” Payne said about the upcoming game. “We will get a couple of days here and realign a few things and come back up here on Thursday.”

Overall, Payne was happy with the performance he got from the team on Monday.

“The kids really stepped up on the defensive end, and we made a few adjustments from the last time we played them,” Payne mentioned. “We got out in front of them and tried to cut down on the three-pointers they made last time.

“The kids all played hard and defensively, and we got with them. We were patient on the offensive end, so I think we went through a stretch of growing up there. We had a little rough stretch, but the kids came back and responded well.”

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