The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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December 24, 2013

Eagles find balance to earn second victory of season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Joplin High School girls basketball coach Dustin Larsen said that defense of a trio and the scoring of Bailey Taylor and Katie Sticklen sparked the Eagles past Central in a nonconference game on Monday night.

Joplin, 2-5 after the 60-55 win, led 31-23 at the half in beating a team that had ousted the Eagles 40-35 last season in the first round of the Class 5 District 12 Tournament at Springfield Parkview.

Taylor, a 5-foot-9 junior, finished with 25 points and powered the Eagles in the second half with 23. Sticklen, a 5-6 freshman, sparked the Eagles in the first half with five treys among all of her 20 points.

Central, coached by Callie Newton, received 15 points from Savannah Rush, 14 from Leann Cody and 12 from Jaslyn Williams.

“But three of our players — Marissa Queen (5-6 senior), Samantha Stout (5-8 junior) and Lexi Sohosky (5-1 freshman) — played very well on defense against Rush,” Larsen said. “Rush recently scored 27 points against Willard. She was the Central scoring leader against us last season.”

Joplin resumes on Jan. 6 by visiting Carl Junction in another nonconference contest.

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