The Camdenton Lady Lakers have been a force on the basketball court this season, and with a 14-5 record and six games left to play in the regular season, this young team looks to be a threat for years to come.
On Monday night's game, the Lady Lakers hosted Kickapoo, and despite holding the lead through the first three quarters, they couldn't hold on as Kickapoo's aggressive defense forced errors to win, 64-57
"I felt we played very hard," Coach Stacey Caffey said. "We played just like we needed to, up until that last minute and fifty seconds. Once we started making turnovers, things just started happening for us. Kickapoo is a great team, and when they started applying pressure, our girls just folded."
Though the Lady Lakers walked away with a tough loss to take in, the Lady Lakers also had something to celebrate: Camdenton junior Whitney Snow breaking the 1,000 point career barrier.
"Whitney Snow is a very solid player" Coach Caffey said. "With her, what you see is what you get. She gives you everything she has out there, and puts in a lot of hard work."
Snow only needed a few points in the game to do it, after having a career high game last week, in which she scored 31 points. It only took her a few minutes to reach the goal, as she swished two three's in the first quarter. After her second one went in, it was announced that she had succeeded in breaking 1,000 points, but for the Lakers, it was all business, as they focused on the game at hand.
Coach Caffey and her team gathered around Snow after the loss to congratulate her as she was presented with the game ball by Camdenton's athletic director Jeff Whitney.
"I want to thank my teammates, previous and now," Snow said. "I was able to do this because of them."
So what is left for Snow to do?
"Keep pushing," Snow said. "Keep winning games and win districts."
And with the remainder of this season and the next, Snow's career at Camdenton is already looking to be one to remember.
The Lady Lakers took an early lead, as Alison Carter laid the ball in for a quick two, but Kickapoo was determined to trade blows with the Lady Lakers throughout the game, with the lead switching hands multiple times, before Abby Moulder would drain a shot from the low post for a 14-11 lead. Whitney Snow would nail a three to follow, giving the team a 17-11 lead before Kickapoo would finally answer, scoring six unanswered before Snow's record-breaking three pushed Camdenton to a 20-17 lead to end the first quarter.
In the second quarter, both teams would struggle to score, with Kickapoo adding ten points on to their score and Camdenton's Sophie Shore tacked on six of the Lakers' nine points for a 29-27 lead.
The two teams would continue to race neck-and-neck to the finish in the third quarter, with Kickapoo trailing behind by just three points as the third quarter ended.
In the fourth quarter, Kickapoo's shots all seemed to land perfectly in the basket, and Camdenton quickly found themselves in foul trouble. The Lakers managed to hold on to their lead until the final two minutes, in which Kickapoo would take the lead, 52-51.
Though the Lady Lakers tried to rally, their attempts to stop the clock by fouling turned against them as Kickapoo's players began making their free throws, something they had struggled with until the fourth quarter.
As the clock ticked away, Camdenton continued to drive in, but their efforts fell short as Kickapoo defeated the Lady Lakers 64-57.