Lebanon outscores Waynesville 50-11 in the middle quarters of Thursday's basketball game
In a highly anticipated game that ruled Twitter in the days leading up to the matchup, the Lebanon Lady Yellowjackets (10-4) steamrolled the Waynesville Lady Tigers (9-4) in both aspects of the game and came away with a 73-40 win.
ReShawna Stone injured her ankle two minutes into the second half but, by that point, the game was already getting out of hand.
There was no second-guessing by Waynesville coach Brittany Matlock.
"I just figured it wasn't really worth pushing it," Matlock said.
Lebanon held a 15-13 lead after the first quarter but then outscored Waynesville 30-7 in the second and 20-4 in the third.
"I can't wait to see the shooting percentages," Matlock said. "I don't know much about Lebanon's percentages but when you check their scores and players' shooting percentages, they aren't always what they were tonight. But you have to give them credit, they came out and let them fly and they went in. We were able to get shots but I don't think we could've thrown it in the ocean."
The coach recalled one possession in which the team was able to make offensive rebound after offensive rebound and still not come away with a basket.
"We aren't known for our threes but we had one possession where we took five threes and like a 15-foot jumper...we had like every shot in basketball you could possibly take plus five threes and we missed every one of them."
However, the Yellowjackets played inspired defense and were electric from the field.
"Lebanon, don't take anything away from them," Matlock said. "They pushed the ball, knocked down the open shots and I'm not taking anything away from them at all. They are a good team."
Ashton Pilz led Waynesville in scoring Thursday with 10 points. Kiara Shoulders had eight, Stone seven, Nina Kizzee four and Katie Handley one.
Lebanon had three with double digits in points. Kelsey Winfrey scored a game-high 20 and was followed by Jaiden Offutt who had 19, Kamryn Mack 14, Faith Alwardt six, Cori Johnson six, Mel Myers six and Jenna Glendenning two.
While many will be shocked what was expected to be a much more competitive game — after the past week saw Waynesville upset Missouri Basketball Coaches Association's No. 2 ranked Hickman and Lebanon knock off No. 1 Jefferson City — but instead evolved into a blowout, Matlock pointed to past history.
"It's not the first time Lebanon has beaten us," Matlock said. "The game was what it was and everyone wanted to hype it to what it needed to be. It was just another game. We didn't perform at our best and we know what we have to work on. We'll be ready to go to Washington on Monday."
Monday is the beginning of the Washington tournament.