Lebanon to face Rock Bridge on Wednesday in Class 5 playoffs

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The Lebanon High School varsity girls basketball team is scheduled to play Columbia-Rock Bridge this Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. in the Class 5 Sectional at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

The Lebanon girls’ basketball team will be playing in just its third state playoff game since 2004 on Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. when the Yellowjackets travel to State Fair Community College in Sedalia to square off against the Rock Bridge Bruins.

Lebanon (16-10 overall) posted a 60-48 win over the Camdenton Lakers on Thursday night to capture the Missouri Class 5 District 10 championship.

Wednesday, LHS will face off against a Rock Bridge team that has faced a couple of teams from the southwest Missouri area this season, defeating Nixa, 56-47 and falling to Ozark, 51-50.

Rock Bridge, 17-9 overall, enters the game receiving votes in the latest Missouri Class 5 MBCA state rankings. The Bruins defeated Belton in the District 9 championship on Saturday, 45-30. At the ‘Jackets’ home tournament earlier this season, Lebanon defeated Belton, 55-30.

The Bruins have a rich tradition in their basketball program, winning four straight Class 5 state championships from 2011-2015 behind All-American and standout Mizzou player, Sophie Cunningham.

“They have tradition and program, and the kids that are playing now were probably in junior high or a little younger, and they saw all that stuff,” Lebanon head coach Jacky Payne said. “Once you see success, you get success engrained into you which is something I have tried to help our young ones see.”

Payne also mentioned that Rock Bridge is athletic, but not particularly overwhelming in one area.

“They have good overall size, athletic and will shoot a lot of three-pointers,” he said. “They don’t turn the ball over, and will play a pretty good man-to-man against some teams, and they played a 2-3 zone against Belton on Saturday.

“They like to run a 1-3-1 press and try to turn you sideways and dribble into trouble. If you make the first or second pass, they are going to trap you.”

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