Lebanon girls’ basketball team records 13-1 record during summer play

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Lebanon senior Jenna Glendenning dribbles the ball against Columbia-Rock Bridge during the Class 5 girls’ Sectional basketball game at State Fair Community College last winter. Glendenning is a returning All-Conference and All-District player.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

The Lebanon High School girls’ basketball team worked tirelessly this summer after coming off one of the more successful seasons in school history where the team reached the Sectional playoffs and won a district title over Camdenton.

In June, Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m., the girls’ put in hours in the gym, and also competed in 14 summer league games.

The Lady Yellowjackets posted a 13-1 record and recorded quality wins over teams like Eureka Springs, Branson, Crane, Ray-Pec, Hollister, Jackson, Rogersville, Maverick (AAU team), and Conway.

“Not every team was state-caliber so to speak, but we did play a lot of quality competition in the 14 games that we played,” Lebanon head coach Jacky Payne said. “I was very pleased with the maturity that we showed throughout the month of June.”

After graduating five key seniors the ‘Jackets will rely heavily on senior Jenna Glendenning and a handful of juniors, sophomores and a lone freshman this winter.

“Thought the month of June I thought our team bonded well, and when we rotated around we were able to have a little bit of depth, size, and some speed,” Payne mentioned. “The biggest thing will be getting our younger girls to adapt to the varsity competition with how fast and physical the game is.

“The last day (June 28) was our best day with us playing Rogersville (Final Four team in 2018), who graduated a lot, but have a great program,” Payne said. “We had a solid game, and then beat a great Jackson team out of southeast Missouri, and then finished it up by beating an AAU team out of Springfield (Mavericks). All in all, I thought it was a really good summer.”

Payne took time to speak about each player that participated this summer and was very optimistic about the team’s outlook for the upcoming winter.

“Jenna (Glendenning) had great leadership and set the tone,” he said. “Quincey (Glendenning) and Jocee (Pettyjohn) are just gamers and give it 110 percent every time they step on the court. I think Destiny (Zimdars) is getting more comfortable in the post area and I thought Chloe (Shivers) had a great June for us. Kally (Mack) was solid after transitioning to a wing spot for us this summer and had her handling the ball. Freshman Raegan McCowan was great for us. Even though she is a freshman, there was no glitch there, she was our best overall rebounder and is a smart player.”

Sophomore Makayah Alexander missed the Sectional game last year with a foot injury, and after time off, had to have another surgery, but returned to the lineup the last week of June.

“Even though she has been out for about three months, she didn’t skip a beat,” Payne said. “She had been chomping at the bit to get back on the floor.”

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