LHS seniors leave legacy on basketball court this year

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photo courtesy of Nicholas Mebruer
The Lebanon girls’ basketball team celebrates during the Class 5 District championship game at Waynesville. The ‘Jackets captured their first district title in 13 years with its 41-32 win over the Lady Tigers on March 3.

Four seniors are leaving behind a legacy in girls’ basketball at Lebanon and laying the groundwork for future teams as well.
The 2016-17 Yellowjacket team featured four seniors — Kelsey Winfrey, Jaiden Offutt, Maddie O’Connor and Faith Alwardt — who were in eighth-grade when the program posted just five wins.
The next year, Brendan Kelley took over and the senior’s run was culminated with a trip to the Class 5 playoffs on Wednesday.
“Just to know that we were part of the driving force that flipped this program from a five-win season to 23-win season and getting to play with such a dedicated and passionate group of girls has just been an amazing experience,” Alwardt said. “He doesn’t like to take credit for it because he always gives the team all the glory and he always takes the blame in defeat, but coach Kelley has been an amazing coach for the past four years and I know he will be keeping the expectations high for the girls for as long as he can.
“The other three seniors and I have made a bond together that not a lot of girls get to make and I’m just so thankful to have been a part of this legacy with them.”

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