The Waynesville High School Tigers varsity boys’ basketball team relied on long-range shooting to overcome an early scoring deficit and beat the St. Louis Carnahan Cougars 51-40 Friday at Soldan High School in St. Louis.
The Tigers (5-4) fell behind 13-5 at the end of the first quarter, but outscored Carnahan 14-10 with help from 3-point shooting from Hunter Poole and Hunter O’Neil to narrow the Cougars’ lead to 23-19 at halftime. The Tigers rallied in the third quarter, led by Mike Lewis’ seven points to tie the game 33-33. The Tigers went on to outscore the Cougars in the final quarter for the win.
Lewis led Waynesville with 15 points overall, while O’Neil added eight points and Eric Morris added seven.
“We showed some composure in the second half and were able to get to the free-throw line,” WHS coach Chris Pilz said. “We had scoring contributions from eight guys tonight. We made big plays at the right time. Our defense continues to improve — it was key tonight.”
The game against Carnahan was the first game since the Tigers took third place in the annual U.S. Bank Holiday Tournament with a 46-43 win over the Warrensburg Tigers at Rolla High School.
Against Warrensburg, Waynesville was led by O’Neil with 12 points and Shen Butler-Lawson with 10 points, while Lewis added eight. The Tigers were again effective from long range and on defense, knocking down nine three-pointers, while holding Warrensburg to five.
Up next: Waynesville is scheduled to play host to the Parkview Vikings from Springfield, Missouri, at 7 p.m. Friday. Tip-off will take place in the WHS gym.