Pirates sink Yellowjackets in Pink and White

LCR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon senior Kamryn Mack, above, gets ready to shoot a three-pointer during a high school girls’ basketball game against the Branson Pirates on Thursday afternoon during the Pink and White Lady Classic in Springfield. The Pirates won the contest, 66-56.


SPRINGFIELD — After a 69-34 blowout loss to the Strafford Indians (No. 1 Missouri Class 3) in the first round of the 7th Annual Pink and White Lady Classic on Wednesday, the Lebanon High School girls’ basketball team fell to the Branson Pirates on Thursday, 66-56.

With the loss, it eliminates the ‘Jackets from the holiday tournament after entering with a 7-1 record.

Lebanon (7-3) defeated the Pirates earlier this season on December 13 at home, 66-44.

In that contest, the Pirates had just one player score in double figures, but on Thursday, Branson had four in double digits with Priscilla Williams and Karis Goodwin each scoring 17 points to lead the way.

“It is pretty obvious what was different in the two games, they (Branson) made shots this time, last time we played them, nobody had more than four points for them besides Priscilla,” head coach Jacky Payne said after the loss. “Their whole team contributed, and they got on a roll.

“The ball can take bounces your way or not your way a lot, and (on Thursday) it felt like it was bouncing their way. I think Priscilla played a great all-around game and got her teammates involved and they made open shots.”

Lebanon had the lead cut to nine points in the fourth quarter after a bucket by senior Kamryn Mack who scored 12 points in the contest, but after the ‘Jackets proceeded to get a stop on the ensuing possession, the next three offensive trips resulted in turnovers and the Pirates were able to hang on.

“Turnovers were a key,” Payne mentioned. “We had another game of 20-plus turnovers, and we missed some shots, and we didn’t get to the free throw line much either, but we have to do a better job of getting there. I think we only shot six on Wednesday against Strafford and 11 on Thursday.

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