The Waynesville High School Tigers varsity boys’ basketball team came up short on the road, falling 60-51 against the Yellowjackets Friday at Lebanon High School’s Boswell Gym.
Trailing by three points after the first quarter, the Tigers made up the difference in the second quarter to tie the game 31-31 at halftime.
While the Tiger defense largely kept the Yellowjackets contained, they couldn’t find an answer for Lebanon senior Quenton Shelton, who led all players with 34 points, including five 3-pointers.
Shelton led the Lebanon team as they took a five-point lead after the third quarter, then extended their lead to nine in the fourth quarter before the final buzzer sounded.
It was the second straight loss for the Tigers, who fell short by one point against another Ozark Conference foe, the visiting Glendale Falcons, who took a 50-49 win back to Springfield, Missouri, Jan. 29.
Tied 14-14 after the first quarter, the Falcons scored six unanswered points to enjoy a 32-26 lead at halftime. The Tigers clawed their way back in the second half to pull within one point of Glendale, but couldn’t overcome the visitors’ lead before time expired.
WHS head coach Chris Pilz said it took a long time for his players to “get going” in the first half against Glendale, and while they rallied in the second, the team didn’t execute its fourth-quarter strategy as well as it could have.
“Our shot selection wasn’t what we wanted, and shot way too quick,” Pilz said.
“We (learned) a tough lesson tonight,” he added.
Up next: The Tigers play host to the visiting Kickapoo High School Chiefs from Springfield. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in the WHS gymnasium.
In other WHS sports:
The WHS Lady Tigers girls’ varsity basketball team lost a close game in overtime Feb. 6, falling 58-54 to the visiting Lady Jackets from Lebanon.
Trailing by three points after the first quarter, the Lady Tigers rallied to take a 31-29 lead at halftime. Lebanon again jumped out to a six-point lead in the third quarter, but Waynesville made up the deficit to tie the game at 52 at the end of regulation. The Lady Jackets outscored the Lady Tigers 6-2 in the overtime period to secure the victory.
WHS junior Naudia Evans led all players with 33 points. She was the only player in double figures for Waynesville.
Despite the loss, WHS head coach Brittany Matlock said she was, “proud of our girls’ efforts on both ends of the floor tonight.”
“We continue to improve and grow as a team,” Matlock said.
Up next: The Lady Tigers are scheduled to travel tonight to Kickapoo High School in Springfield, where they will face the Lady Chiefs. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.