Camdenton could not quite get over the hump in Tuesday night’s Class 5 District 10 semifinal battle with Waynesville.
The Lakers were in action at Willard and it was a battle between the two Ozark Conference foes from start to finish. However, the Tigers were the team left standing as Camdenton’s season came to an end in a 64-56 loss.
Camdenton had dug a small hole early on, battle back to trail by two points at halftime and tied Waynesville on five separate occasions in the second half. Ultimately, the Lakers could not find a way to capture the advantage.
“Going into the ballgame with Waynesville we knew we had a chance, but it would be tough to win,” Camdenton coach Craig Campbell said. “We just weren’t able to get that stop and score to take the lead we needed to push over the top. We fouled a couple of times in the last two minutes to try and lengthen the game, but they made their free throws and we weren’t able to convert on the other end consistently.”
T.J. Anderson paced the Lakers with 19 points, Garrett Golliher and Brandon Pasley both chipped in 11 and Paxton DeLaurent finished with five respectively. Although the season has come to an end, Campbell said his team could be proud of the way it ended racking up two straight wins before Tuesday night’s game.
“I am proud of the boys on how they finished the year. They did not quit and improved all year long,” the coach pointed out.
Camdenton ends the year at 5-20 and this chapter may be over, but the work will continue as the Lakers look to push forward and get ready to make their mark next season.
“The time and effort the boys put into the offseason will determine just how much we improve and make the strides I know we are capable of for next year. I am disappointed our season ended last night, but I have high expectations for the group of guys we have coming back,” Campbell said. “We will miss the seniors and their leadership. The guys coming back will have to take the next step in their leadership and build on the foundation we set this year.”