Lebanon upsets state-ranked Pintos on Thursday night

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Lebanon senior Gracie Calhoun (2) looks to make a pass during a high school girls’ basketball game on Thursday night in Boswell Auditorium against the California Pintos. Lebanon won the contest, 57-46.


Playing their best and most complete game of the season, the Lebanon High School girls’ basketball team pulled off an upset on Thursday night in Boswell Auditorium, defeating the California Pintos 57-46.

The Pintos came into the contest ranked No. 9 in Missouri Class 3, according to Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

After struggling on early in the season against top-notch opponents, Lebanon clicked on all cylinders Thursday night and was able to pull off a much-needed win.

Lebanon head coach Brendan Kelley was proud of the way his team played defensively.

“I thought we played well defensively,” Kelley said. “The biggest thing I saw was us fighting for rebounds. Rebounding has been an Achilles heel in every single game that we have played this year and even if we weren’t getting the board, we were still in position.”

The Pintos, who are known for their 3-point shooting ability, hit seven 3-pointers in the game, but thanks to great shot contests by LHS, they were able to throw them off their game.

“They (California) can shoot the heck out of the ball and the game I watched they hit 16 3-pointers against Southern Boone,” Kelley said. “We knew coming in that us being a zone team we needed to close out and moving around on the flight of the ball was going to be big keys.

“I thought we did a nice job with all of that.”

The ‘Jackets led 10-2 after a slow-paced first quarter, and the Pintos only had one lead throughout the contest after senior Elizabeth Lutz, a Western Illinois basketball commit, knocked down a 3-pointer to give California a 21-19 lead with 1:30 remaining in the first half. LHS answered quickly after senior Carsyn Bowman knocked down a critical 3-pointer to regain the lead.

It was a good proving ground for LHS to show that they can withstand a challenge.

“We had about three or four possessions in the second quarter where they (California) would come down the floor and just make one pass, and we didn’t close out, and they had open shots,” Kelley said. “It was encouraging that we put the ball in the basket on the other end and clamped down on the last couple of possessions defensively.

“A lot of these kids didn’t play a ton of minutes last year, so kind of seeing them fight and mentally strong to come out there and take control of the game before halftime really impressed me.”

California closed the Lebanon lead to within five points with just under two minutes to play in the game, but Lebanon junior Kamryn Mack sunk two crucial free throws to seal the deal for Lebanon.

Mack led LHS with 16 points in the game, but it was the play of sophomore Jenna Glendenning in the second half on the defensive end, forcing turnovers that helped LHS out.

After dealing with foul trouble in the first half, Glendenning scored all of her 14 points in the second half, and Kelley was impressed with her performance.

“She didn’t get to do much in the first half due to the foul trouble, but she made up for it in the second half,” Kelley said. “If there was a positive from the foul trouble, it was that she had fresh legs in the second half and I think you saw that because she was all over the place defensively.

“Earlier in the year, Jenna was trying to get to the rim, but she had to deal with the post players down there, and she couldn’t get a shot up, but she has been working hard on her outside, and mid-range game and I think you saw that payoff tonight.”

High school girls’ basketball
on Thursday, at Lebanon High School


CHS – 2 21 9 13 – 46

LHS – 10 16 13 18 – 57

CHS – Brittney Ellington 14, Makayla Schanzmeyer 2, Elizabeth Lutz 22, Gracie George 6, Jocelyn Wells 2.

LHS – Kamryn Mack 16, Jenna Glendenning 14, Skylyr Leake 6, Alyssa Wright 6, Abby O’Connor 6, Carsyn Bowman 5, Gracie Calhoun 4.

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