Willard beats Lebanon in district tournament

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The Lebanon High School boys’ basketball team wrapped up their season on Tuesday night with a loss to the Willard Tigers in the semifinal round of the Missouri Class 5 District 10 tournament, 65-44. Lebanon finishes the year with a 10-17 record.


For the second straight season, the Willard Tigers ended the Lebanon boys’ basketball team season in district play. A year after defeating the ‘Jackets in the district championship game, the Tigers defeated LHS on Tuesday night at Willard High School in the semifinal round of the Missouri Class 5 District 10 tournament, 65-44.

Early in the fourth quarter LHS went on a quick 7-0 run to cut the deficit to just five points, but the Tigers (13-12) outscored the ‘Jackets the rest of the way 18-2 to prevail in the end.
Lebanon head coach Adam Thornhill said he was proud of the way his team responded at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t respond really well to their run at the end, but for a young team to be down 12 points entering the fourth quarter we played well on both ends of the court especially on the defensive end,” Thornhill said. “We had a couple of turnovers there, and we rushed a couple of shots and led to easy points by them (Willard).”

The ‘Jackets finished the year with a 10-17 record and went 1-8 in Ozark Conference play finishing 10th.

In the past three seasons, Lebanon has gone a total of 7-20 in OC play.

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