The Waynesville High School Tigers varsity boys’ basketball team beat the visiting Camdenton Lakers 81-57 Friday.
Tied 14-14 after the first quarter, Waynesville surged ahead in the second quarter to take a 33-26 lead at halftime and built on that lead the remainder of the contest.
The Tigers had four players in double figures, led by Jayden Smith with 19 points. He was followed by Hunter O’Neil with 14 points; Mike Lewis scored 12 points and Shen Butler-Lawson added 10 points.
“Jayden Smith was a bright spot again tonight (and) Hunter O’Neil scored inside and outside tonight,” said Chris Pilz, WHS head coach.
The Tigers point tally included five three-point shots. The varsity squad also shot 12-for-15 from the free-throw line.
Up next: Waynesville’s Tigers will begin play in the Class 5, District 10 tournament Tuesday against the Ozark Tigers in Lebanon. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Lebanon High School gymnasium.
In other WHS sports:
The WHS Lady Tigers varsity girls’ basketball team defeated the visiting Hillcrest Lady Hornets 46-43 Feb. 17 in the WHS gym.
Waynesville fell behind early and trailed 26-19 at halftime, but managed to erase the scoring gap by the end of the third quarter and surged ahead in the fourth quarter.
WHS junior Naudia Evans led the Lady Tigers with 23 points, while junior Toni Durrant added 12 points.
“(This was a) good team win,” said Brittany Matlock, WHS head coach. “We did a good job of playing consistently for four quarters.”
On Feb. 20, the Lady Tigers fell to the Lady Lakers 61-53 at Camdenton, Missouri.
Evans again led the WHS team, this time with 32 points, but was the only Waynesville player in double figures.
Up next: The WHS Lady Tigers are scheduled to welcome the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers to the WHS gym at 7 p.m. tonight. Waynesville then begins play in the Class 5, District 10 girls’ varsity tournament at 6 p.m. Monday, when they will face the Ozark Lady Tigers at 6 p.m. at Lebanon.