LHS hosts Jamboree with Richland and Conway

LCR photo/Alex Boyer

Lebanon junior Jenna Glendenning plays defense against Richland point guard Katelyn Cole (31) during a Jamboree on Wednesday night in Boswell Auditorium.


The Lebanon High School girls’ basketball team performed well in its Jamboree on Wednesday night in Boswell Auditorium, defeating Richland and Conway.

Each team played everybody once in three six-minute quarters under official MSHAA rules.

In their first game, Lebanon started hot against Richland, holding the Bears scoreless in the entire first quarter and going on a 33-0 run to start the contest.

Lebanon would go on to win the first game by a score of 61-11 unofficially as scores were cleared at the end of each quarter.

Senior Skylyr Leake led the 'Jackets with 16 points, junior Jenna Glendenning scored 15 points, and seniors Faith Campbell and Kamryn Mack each added 10 points of their own.

In the game, the ‘Jackets forced 26 turnovers from Richland with a majority being due to the diamond press of LHS.

“I feel like we were able to create offensive through our defense,” head coach Jacky Payne mentioned. “I have always been a high-scoring type of coach in a way with our offense, but good defense leads to easy offense.”

In their final contest of the night against Conway, the ‘Jackets prevailed with a 43-21 victory with the varsity playing just two quarters of action.

It was a 10-6 Lebanon lead early on, and Mack extended the lead to nine with a layup and a three-pointer after a Conway turnover.

She led all scorers with 13 points while Leake added six and senior Abby O’Connor scored five points.

After the game, Payne said this was the best jamboree he had been associated with in his coaching career.

“I was very pleased with the way things went (on Wednesday),” he said. “We played hard, executed, quick, and anticipated on the press really well … I like how we shared the ball on the offensive end and on the defensive end I thought we were reading the next pass.

“You’re always pleased to see those types of things.”

As the season approaches, Payne is hoping to improve some things in practice over the next week.

“Everything is about fundamentals,” he said. “Our defense has to be better on closing out on the ball, and I think on the dribble-drive, we need to learn to cut that off. I thought our rebounding was good, but we just need to be able to rebound the ball strong, but that will come with more practice.”

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