Lakers knock off Republic in second round

Camdenton took care of business in the second round of the Bolivar Tournament Wednesday night with a 72-64 win over Republic.

The tournament began last week, but was pushed back due to inclement weather. However, the Lakers showed few signs of rust as they jumped out to a 20-point lead by the third quarter. Good thing, too, because Republic would not go quietly as it looked to make a comeback. But it would not come to fruition as the Lakers kept their advantage through the buzzer.

“We were in foul trouble early and I thought our bench did a great job and played some big minutes,” Camdenton coach Staci Caffey said.

Coley Rezabek led the way offensively as she nearly posted a double-double with 25 points and eight rebounds. Natalie Basham added 11 points to go with seven assists and four steals before fouling out with 40 seconds left. Shelby Kurtz knocked down 10 points, Darby Roam contributed nine and Kylie Meier finished with six points and seven rebounds before she fouled out with under five minutes remaining.

“Darby really stepped up and knocked down some big shots tonight, shooting 75 percent from the 3-point line,” Caffey noted.

Camdenton (11-4, 3-0 Ozark Conference) was scheduled to host Ozark Conference foe Parkview Thursday night before playing St. James in the Laker Shootout on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Lakers will face Bolivar in the Bolivar Tournament championship at a time yet to be determined.