Camdenton pulls off comeback win over Waynesville
The odds seemed to be stacked against Camdenton Monday night.
The Lakers hosted state-ranked Class 5 No. 10 Waynesville in Ozark Conference action and trailed a majority of the game with a 10-point deficit at halftime and 12-point deficit with just over two minutes left in the game. However, Camdenton was not concerned with those odds as they pulled off a 66-64 comeback win over the Tigers.
“One of the things I keep telling the girls is that we did not have a good game. We did not play a strong four quarters, but we did not quit playing and the highlight was the fact that they kept plugging,” Camdenton coach Staci Caffey said.
“I was happy to see that they kept going. The final buzzer had not went off so they were playing with everything they had. The girls stayed cool, calm and collected and finished it.”
In those final two minutes, everything started to fall in place for the Lakers. Waynesville missed some free throws while Camdenton kept chipping away at the deficit.
With the game tied at 63 after Camdenton senior Kylie Meier knocked down a pair of free throws, Waynesville pulled ahead on a free throw with 8.2 seconds left. Then Camdenton senior Coley Rezabek grabbed the rebound on the second and drove the length of the court for a 3-point play after getting fouled on a layup and put her team ahead for good.
“She (Rezabek) just played with confidence and she does that every day,” Caffey stated. “We executed big plays and did what we needed to finish a big win.”
Rezabek led the way offensively for the Lakers with 22 points while sophomore Shelby Kurtz put up 14, junior Natalie Basham recorded 12 and senior Kylie Meier finished with six points and nine rebounds.
The loss was just Waynesville’s third on the year and Camdenton may very well see the Tigers again in district play. A win like this in the face of adversity could certainly create some momentum and confidence going forward.
“I think it showed our girls can play with anybody. Waynesville is a very good team and I think that was about the only time we led in the game,” Caffey remarked. “We have to do a better job on some of the smaller things, but I feel like the girls will focus on the minor details and be able to step up.”
Camdenton (15-5, 6-1 Ozark Conference) will visit Rolla on Thursday for another conference clash at 4:30 p.m.
Osage takes down Southern Boone
Osage hit the road for a Tri-County Conference matchup at Southern Boone Monday night and after the first quarter it seemed the game could go either way.
Then, the Indians decided to make it clear taking a 16-14 first quarter lead and outscoring the Eagles the rest of the way for a 67-49 win. Osage led 29-21 at halftime and never looked back.
“In the second quarter I thought the girls really clamped down on the defensive end. Only giving up seven points let us get a bit of a lead headed into the break,” Osage coach Scott Rowland remarked. “The second half was some of our best basketball of the year. The girls scored 38 points and shot 80 percent from the field on 20 shots.”
Indeed, it was quite a successful formula to have a solid defensive on one end and an unselfish offense on the other. What Rowland may have enjoyed the most was that 21 of Osage’s 24 made field goals came from an assist.
“It was great to see the scoring balance for our team. We easily could have had five or six people in double figures,” he said.
Sara Wolf scored a season-high 13 points to lead the Indians while Kenzi King finished with 11, Rose Colonius added 10, Carson Wood and Kerrigan Gamm recorded nine, Payton Good chipped in eight and Liberty Gamm knocked down seven respectively.
Osage (18-4, 4-1 Tri-County Conference) will visit Skyline on Thursday at 6 p.m.