The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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December 14, 2013

Eagles place seventh; Har-Ber fifth

Joplin took control with a dominating second quarter in claiming seventh place in its 17th annual Freeman-Lady Eagle Classic by beating Blue Valley West on Saturday.

The Eagles beat the Jaguars 47-28 behind an 18-6 advantage in the second quarter and 21 points from 5-foot-6 freshman Katie Sticklen.

Springdale Har-Ber beat Harrison 64-53 in the all-Arkansas fifth-place contest in Robert Ellis Young Gymnasium at Missouri Southern State University.

The Joplin-BVW clash matched young hustling 0-3 teams that had noisy support from their supporters.

The meeting of the talented Arkansas teams had a subplot of good head coaching friends matching wits — Har-Ber’s Sandy Wright vs. Harrison’s Doug Young.

Joplin’s Bailey Taylor hit a trey from the corner to snap a 16-16 tie in the second quarter. The Eagles, although Jaguar Emma Kelly posted the next basket, didn’t again trail. They were in front 29-18 at the half.

Sticklen sank a trey and two free throws. Eagle Kelsey Johnson hit another 3 to make it 27-18. Sticklen then sank a field goal in the closing seconds for  the halftime bulge.

Said Joplin coach Dustin Larsen: “Today we took a step in the right direction. It was improvement. We played as a team. We were more patient. Those things resulted in shooting a higher percentage from the field.”

Sticklen sank five 3s. Taylor, a 5-9 junior, added eight points and 5-5 senior Johnson had seven.

Kelly, a 5-10 freshman, and 5-5 sophomore Paige Becker combined for 13 Blue Valley West points.

Said Jaguar coach Frank Lapointe: “There was a lot of energy (on the BVW side). Our bench was alive. Players were on the floor hustling after loose balls. I was very proud of the support from our parents.”

Class 7A Har-Ber (8-1) expanded a 35-29 halftime lead against 5A Harrison (2-3).

Lamented the Goblins’ Young: “We had to make more shots. We had the looks.”

Said the Wildcats’ Wright: “Fortunately, we hit some 3s early in the fourth quarter (to take a 54-38 lead). Still, Harrison, which has a good ballclub, later made a nice run.

“(Taylor) Tate, who had a super game, was killing us,” Wright said. “We went to a box-and-1 to slow her down. Maybe it got her legs a bit tired.”

Tate, a 5-10 junior, finished with 26 points for Harrison. Cara Barrett (5-9 senior) and Emily Poyner (6-0 senior) combined for 21.

Har-Ber received 15 points from 5-6 junior Paige Redmond and 12 apiece from 5-10 senior Marleeya Montgomery and 5-10 junior Bailey Schalk. Har-Ber had been without Schalk in its second game in the tourney because of an ailing back.

Schalk scored late in the third quarter to give the Wildcats a 45-35 lead. Anna Chancellor. The treys — one by 5-6 junior Anna Chancellor and two by Redmond — allowed Har-Ber to build its 54-38 advantage.

Redmond tallied her 15 points in the second half.

Young, who prepped at Harrison, and Elkins product Wright first met when they were playing basketball at North Arkansas Community College in Harrison.

“We don’t play during the regular season,” Young said. “But we usually meet in the summer at camps. And, of course, we’ve played several times at Joplin.”

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