The Waynesville High School varsity boys’ and varsity girls’ basketball teams ended their respective seasons in district play Feb. 25 and 26 at Camdenton, Missouri.
Seeded third in the Class 5, District 10 girls’ tournament, the Lady Tigers fell to the second-seeded Lebanon Lady Yellowjackets 53-23 in the first round. The Lady Tigers ended their season with a record of 10-16. Lebanon went on to upset top-seeded Camdenton 60-48 to win the district title.
Playing the next night, the Waynesville boys’ team also faced their Lebanon counterparts in the first round. However, the Tigers kept a closer pace, falling 48-46 in overtime.
“It was a good high school basketball game tonight,” WHS coach Chris Pilz said. “Lebanon was able to make one better play. I was proud of our effort, and I thought our kids handled a tough loss with class.”
Waynesville trailed Lebanon 16-13 after the first quarter, but claimed the lead at the buzzer on a basket by Zeke Rogers to enter halftime with a 29-26 lead. Lebanon outscored Waynesville 13-7 in the third quarter, but the Tigers’ Gunner Reez hit a game-tying 3-point shot as time ran out in regulation. Lebanon outscored Waynesville 2-0 in the overtime period for the win.
Camdenton eventually won the district title, defeating Lebanon 59-47 Feb. 28.
The Tigers ended their season with a record of 12-12.