Lebanon defeats West Plains in OC matchup

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The Lebanon High School girls’ basketball team defeated West Plains on Monday night, 48-38. Senior Kamryn Mack, pictured above with a plaque, scored her 1,000th career point during the first quarter of the contest. Mack was recognized by coach Jacky Payne and her teammates with a plaque.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

In a game of runs, the Lebanon High School girls’ basketball team prevailed to post their biggest Ozark Conference win to-date on Monday with a victory over the West Plains Zizzers, 48-38.

Trailing 22-18 at halftime, Lebanon (12-7 overall, 2-2 Ozark Conference) wasted no time in gaining the lead back by opening up the second half on a 13-0 run to take a 31-22 lead with just over three minutes left in the quarter. West Plains (13-9 overall, 3-2 Ozark Conference) didn’t go away easy, answering with an 8-0 run to take a 32-31 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Lebanon led 37-34 before senior Skylyr Leake rebounded a miss free throw and converted a layup and was fouled to convert a three-point play with 4:31 remaining to put LHS up 40-34. Leake made five free throws in the final quarter to put the game out of reach.

“Coach Scott Womak always has great teams and won the conference three times,” head coach Jacky Payne said after the game. “They (West Plains) like to slow the tempo down and play great defense, and they were successful doing it the first half, but we made some adjustments of switching from our diamond press to our box press, and that got us going. It was a good win.

“They are a dangerous team and present a lot of problems, and they have won some big games this year, including at Kickapoo, which is no easy task.”

Early in the first quarter, Lebanon senior Kamryn Mack knocked down a 3-pointer to give her 1,000 points in her illustrious career.

Mack joins Kelsey Winfrey (2,052 points), Jaque Fredendall (1,083 points) and Ashley Warren (1,010 points) as the only LHS girls’ basketball players with more than 1,000 points in a career.

“You have to put a lot of time and dedication in, and she is just a gym rat,” Payne said of the accomplishment. “Kamryn is always shooting and always in the gym. She gets lessons and is on some high-caliber AAU teams. She loves playing the game of basketball, and I think she’ll get a chance to play at the college level with some scholarships coming in now.

“You have to contribute it to her, but also her teammates for getting her the ball. It was good to see it. She is a great kid.”

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