The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 11, 2014

Prep roundup: Carl Junction rides stingy zone

Free throws costly for Warriors

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction and its new 2-3 zone defense breezed past Cassville 72-43 Friday night in a Big 8 Conference basketball game in the Bulldogs’ gymnasium.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an 18-5 at the end of the first quarter. Carl Junction’s lead was 37-20 by halftime.

“We stayed in our 2-3 zone,” Bulldogs assistant coach Steven Tackett said. “We switched to that over the break. It’s really causing teams trouble because we have Dustin Satterlee and Matt Magee leading it.”

The Bulldogs’ goal, Tackett said, is to keep opponents at no more than 40 points per game, while the offense averages in the 60s.

“Offensively, we just have some of the best guards in the area right now,” Tackett said.

Magee led the Bulldogs with 23 points, while Aaron Nelson scored 19.

Cassville’s Ethan Lowry tallied 23 points, but no other Wildcat scored more than seven points.

Carl Junction travels to Seneca next Friday for its next action.

Galena girls 64, McAuley 31

GALENA, Kan. — Ashley Gifford scored 14 points to lead a balanced attack as Galena downed McAuley Catholic.

Gifford was the only Bulldog to reach double figures, but all 11 players contributed to the scoring.

Morgan Hughes scored 12 points to lead McAuley, which struggled at the free-throw line.

“We were 15-of-43 from the free throw line,” Warriors coach Zach Owens said. “We struggle from the free throw line every once in a while ... We’re just not a super strong free throw shooting team for the most part, so it just kind of bit us tonight.

“Our girls played super competitive and I actually was very proud,” Owens said. “We executed our game plan ... just couldn’t knock them down.”

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