The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

December 19, 2012

PREP BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Triplett scores 42 for Golden City

Dakota Triplett said he had no idea how many points he scored.

“Someone on the bus told me I had 42, and I didn’t really believe them,” the Golden City Eagles’ 6-foot-2 senior said. “Then Coach told me. I was really surprised.”

But the scorebook clearly read 42 points for Triplett in an 82-67 victory over Bronaugh on Tuesday night at Bronaugh.

The total was almost double Triplett’s scoring average of 22.5 points entering the game, and it was more points than the entire team scored in last week’s 41-35 loss to Verona.

However, the scoring onslaught was no surprise to Golden City coach Jim Hillman.

“I think a night like this for Dakota was just inevitable to happen,” Hillman said “He’s a great scorer. He’s a hybrid player. He’s got a good outside shot and has a good post presence. He’s one of the hardest workers.

“He’s just one of those kids with a special ability to score.”

Hillman said about 50 percent of Triplett’s points came in transition, but he also scored with jump shots and by driving to the basket.

“He scored every way you can,” Hillman said.

Triplett, who is used on the perimeter in some sets and in the post on others, hit two 3-pointers and was able to get to the free-throw line. The scoring effort was his career high, eclipsing a 36-point night earlier this season against College Heights in the Lockwood Tournament.

“My shot felt really good,” Triplett said. “I had five or six and-1s. It was a really good game for me.”

It also was a big win for the Eagles as Hillman beat his former squad in Bronaugh, and it improved Golden City’s record to 4-4 entering the holiday break.

“When we come back, we need to work more on our 2-3 defense,” Triplett said. “We need to fill up the gaps and play better defense. The offense is going good.”

Golden City will be at home against Northeast Vernon County on Jan. 2.

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