Camdenton began the postseason on its home floor Tuesday night as the top seed in the Class 5 District 10 Tournament against No 4 Springfield Central and a 70-56 win over the Bulldogs propelled the Lakers to a district championship game for the first time in 35 years. The last time the Lakers won a district title was in 1982.

The drought is over.

Camdenton began the postseason on its home floor Tuesday night as the top seed in the Class 5 District 10 Tournament against No 4 Springfield Central and a 70-56 win over the Bulldogs propelled the Lakers to a district championship game for the first time in 35 years. The last time the Lakers won a district title was in 1982.

“We have an opportunity to achieve a goal we set at the end of the year last year,” Camdenton coach Craig Campbell said. “Playing Lebanon, which is a big rivalry and a good team, and the weight of history will be challenges we will have to overcome on Thursday. No matter the outcome on Thursday, I am really proud of the boys this year and how hard they have worked to get to this point. To have that opportunity to win a district championship is something many players never get to experience.”

Playing Springfield Central presented its challenges, but it was nothing the Lakers could not overcome. Paxton DeLaurent led Camdenton with 20 points, T.J. Anderson put up 19, Kelton Virtue approached double-double status with 15 points and eight rebounds and Jaben Shockley added 10 rebounds respectively.

“It was our third time playing Springfield Central this year,” Campbell noted of the matchup with the Bulldogs. “It is very hard to beat a team three times on the year, which is what we ran into last night in the first half. Central came in with nothing to lose and outplayed us, but we responded in the second half and played more like we are capable of playing.”

Now, a matchup with the third-seeded Yellowjackets awaits on Thursday after Lebanon topped No. 2 Waynesville 48-46 in overtime. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Camdenton Laker Gymnasium will be the place to be on Thursday night at the Lake,” Campbell said.