By Chris Parker
Lebanon ladies basketball got here up one sport wanting a second consecutive district title final yr falling 69-30 to Ozark within the Class 5 District 10 championship sport.
The Girl Yellowjackets should change to manufacturing of two graduated seniors in Jenna Glendenning and Katie Mino. Glendenning earned first-team all-conference honors after placing up 15.6 factors per sport. She graduated as this system’s second all-time main scorer with 1,309 whole factors. She performed in 110 profession varsity video games, which is a report for Lebanon ladies basketball.
“(Glendenning) will go down as among the finest gamers ever to play for Lebanon,” Lebanon head coach Jacky Payne stated. “The factor I’ll miss most about her is her smile. (She is) a fantastic individual, chief and proficient competitor. She performed to win. Her basketball skills on each ends of the court docket in all areas had been prime notch. She set the usual for all the program.”
The returning gamers are led by sophomore Raegan McCowan. McCowan, who earned honorable point out all-conference final yr, averaged 14 factors and 6.6 rebounds per sport final yr.
“Raegan is a health club rat. (She) loves the sport is a proficient athlete,” Payne stated. “Her nice workforce angle, athleticism, versatility and poise past her years allowed her to be a direct affect participant on the varsity stage. She has labored arduous and improved loads this summer time. Her information, expertise and maturity will information her to success.”
Makayah Alexander was the workforce’s third-leading scorer as a sophomore at 10.2 factors per sport. She additionally was named to the All-Defensive workforce within the Ozark Convention.
“Makayah had a extremely good yr. As one of many workforce captains, she had a number of large video games for us final season,” Payne stated. “She and Raegan are very comparable so far as love for the sport, angle, versatility and expertise. She has labored actually arduous over the summer time and her sport reveals it.”
The junior trio of Jocee Pettyjohn, Future Zimdars and Chloe Shivers all return after taking part in in all 28 video games as sophomores. Pettyjohn began each sport final yr and can play level guard. Zimdars shall be an impactful participant within the put up. Shivers is a worthwhile asset as a guard.
Shelby Bybee (senior), Kara Campbell (senior), Jaidyn Collins (sophomore), Hannah Henson (junior), Brooklyn O’Cain (freshman) and Ciaria Keeney (freshman) will all contribute this yr.
“We’ll play arduous, sensible and collectively,” Payne stated. “We must be very aggressive regardless that we’re considerably younger. I actually like our gamers, and I consider this shall be one other enjoyable, profitable yr for the Girl Jackets. As at all times, our motto is to be ‘bodily aggressive and mentally alert’.”
Lebanon opens the season Nov. 30-Dec. 4 on the Truthful Grove Event.