LHS advances to semifinals in tournament

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Lebanon senior Faith Campbell sets up the offense during a high school girls’ basketball game against Belton on Thursday night in the first round of the Mid-Missouri Bank I-44 Lady’s Classic tournament. The ‘Jackets won the contest, 55-30.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

In the opening round of the Lebanon Mid-Missouri Bank I-44 Lady Classic’s tournament on Thursday, the Lebanon Yellowjackets defeated the Belton Pirates, 55-30.

The Pirates hung around in the first quarter with Lebanon leading 14-12, but in the second and third quarter the dynamic duo of Jenna Glendenning and Kamryn Mack became too much combining for 43 of the 55 total points for Lebanon.

Beyond the scoring in the game, a team-effort on the defensive end held the Pirates to single digits in three out of the four quarters, including surrendering only three points in the second quarter.

After a tough loss to the Waynesville Tigers last week, head coach Jacky Payne said his team was ready to get back on the court.

“We were very anxious to get back to it,” he mentioned. “I wanted to play the next day, actually wanted to play that night again, but I though the girls played hard and got after it. Defensively, we held them to 15 points in the first half, so I thought that was good.

“We pressured them and our timing was off just a little bit on the offensive end, made some key plays and got key rebounds from Skylyr (Leake) and ran the floor.”

During the contest, Mack hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game which set a new school record for 3-points made in a single season with 54.

The previous record was held by former standout Janessa DeMuth in 2003-04.

The tournament features high-quality teams, including schools from St. Louis and Kansas City.

“Overall, this is probably one of the better girl tournaments in southwest Missouri,” Payne said. “I know the Pink and White is up there, but there are kids who are getting recruited by JUCO schools and other colleges.”

Lebanon is slated to play against Troy Buchanan in the semifinals tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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