Shelton shines as ‘Jackets defeat Wolves

LDR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon sophomore Quenton Shelton makes a move past a defender during a high school boys’ basketball game on Friday night at Reeds Spring High School. The ‘Jackets defeated the Wolves, 71-56. Shelton finished the game with 41 points, including eight 3-pointers made.


Behind an outstanding shooting performance from sophomore Quenton Shelton, the Lebanon Yellowjackets boys’ basketball team picked up a much-needed win over the Reeds Spring Wolves on Friday night at Reeds Spring High School, 71-56.

Shelton finished the game with 41 points, including eight 3-pointers made in the contest. The 3-pointers made are the most in a game since Andrea Mariani knocked down eight 3-pointers against the Camdenton Lakers in 2012. Shelton was just two points shy of tying the single-game record for points in a game, held by Chris Oursbourn with 43 points back in 2004-05.

After just five first-quarter points, Shelton scored 36 points throughout the final 24 minutes of play, including 25 points in the second half.

“We kind of have been waiting for this through the first three games for him (Shelton) to get comfortable with these guys,” Lebanon head coach Adam Thornhill said about the solid performance from Shelton. “Q got us going offensively in the second half, and I think that really got us going on the defensive end as well.

“To be honest, we kind of expected it from the get-go for those guys to mesh together. Our sophomores have played together a lot in the past, but the last couple of years they haven’t been able to play together much, so it has kind of taken a little bit of time to gel back together.

Despite the score being the way it was, the ‘Jackets got off to a very slow start and trailed by as many as 10 points in the first quarter. LHS did not see its first lead of the game until late in the first half after a Shelton made 3-pointer put Lebanon up 31-30 with just seconds remaining in the half.

To open the second half, Lebanon went on a quick 15-4 run and never looked back to secure their first win of the season.

“Ultimately we just slowed them down in the second half as they made adjustments,” Thornhill said about the win. “We kind of just sat back in our 2-3 zone and kept some guys out of foul trouble.

“We had some guys play smart through foul trouble, and we were able to keep some guys out there. It is good for guys to recognize how officials are calling games and for them to be able to guard right, but not foul.”

Thornhill said the mood in practice was good after dropping Tuesday’s game to Marshfield at home.

“Practice on Wednesday and Thursday went really well for us,” Thornhill said. “I have a lot of them in class, and we spent a lot of time in my office. The energy was really good the past couple of days, and they were focused.

“Most of these guys in the group aren’t used to losing, and when you are playing a bunch of young guys at this level, losing is kind of inevitable. We just have to learn from the losses, and our guys are staying focused.”

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