Lebanon wins district title over Camdenton

LCR photo/Jake Flanders
The Lebanon High School girls’ basketball team defeated the Camdenton Lakers on Thursday night, 60-48 to win the Missouri Class 5 District 10 Championship. Pictured above is members of the team holding the plaque and celebrating after the win.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

CAMDENTON — For the second time in three seasons, the Lebanon Yellowjackets girls’ basketball team are district champions. On Thursday night, in an electric environment, the No. 2 seed Yellowjackets knocked off the No. 1 seed Camdenton Lakers 60-48 to claim the Missouri Class 5 District 10 title at Camdenton High School.

“Everything starts from the ground up, so to get a tradition going, you have to have success, and once you start to have that, it can lead to more success for your team,” Lebanon head coach Jacky Payne said. “The young kids who came to the game will see how great the crowd was and all the enthusiasm, and it will inspire them to put a basketball in their hands.

“I am so proud of these girls and our coaching staff (Brian Decker, Stanley Crum, and Jenn Velten) for how hard they have worked this entire season. They grinded out four months of basketball, and it was a roller coaster with up-and-down moments, but we played a good game (on Thursday).”

Earlier in the season, Camdenton defeated Lebanon 82-78, but Payne mentioned that team defense was a big factor in the title game.

“We backed our game up and tried to keep them in front of us. They had 48 points against us (on Thursday) and 84 the first time we played (36 point differential), and it was the same thing against Waynesville the other night.”

Senior Natalie Basham scored 31 points in the first meeting between the two teams, but got in foul trouble early in the contest and scored 17 on Thursday.

“She (Basham) is a really good player who can do a little bit of everything,” he mentioned about Basham. “She had 31 points on us last time, and I told our girls before the game that she better not get 31 points again on us.

“I thought Baylei (Palmer) did a nice job on her in the second quarter and Jenna (Glendenning) did a nice job. It was great team defense.”

The Lakers led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter and led 15-8 with 1:55 left in the first, but a crucial 6-0 run to end the quarter for Lebanon got them back in rhythm.

Lebanon (16-10 overall) took the lead early in the second quarter and didn’t look back after junior Jenna Glendenning scored nine out of her game-high 23 points in the frame.

“Once we got the lead back, we pretty much held on to it for the entire game, but we made them chase us,” Payne mentioned. “We had some good execution on plays and got key rebounds, and I don’t know how many turnovers we had, but it was better than the 20 some we had last time.”

In the fourth quarter, the Lakers were able to tie the game at 43 apiece, but senior Skylyr Leake scored two straight baskets off Camdenton misses to give the ‘Jackets some breathing room, and late in the game, senior Faith Campbell went 4-6 from the free throw line to put the game away.

Leake scored 11 points in the contest, and the senior hauled in 22 rebounds, setting a new school record that was previously held by her when she recorded 20 rebounds in a game.

After the game, Payne raved about Leake and the work she puts into the game of basketball.

“If you are a coach you love that kid (Leake) because she plays hard, is so smart, a coaches kid … she is kind of a glue that keeps this team together,” he said. “She doesn’t always get the ink because she doesn’t score a lot, but she does everything else it does to take to win basketball games and has had some high-scoring games this year.”

Lebanon had three players earn All-District in Glendenning, Leake and Kamryn Mack with Payne being awarded the District Coach of the Year.

In the semifinal contest against Waynesville on Monday, Mack moved into second all-time in scoring at LHS for a career, passing Jacque Fredendall (1,083 career points, 2000-04).

Lebanon will advance to the Sectional round of the Class 5 playoffs, facing the winner of Columbia-Rock Bridge and Belton, who were slated to play on Friday. The ‘Jackets will play at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

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