The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 30, 2013

3-point attack leads Bulldog girls past Hartville

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Carl Junction High School girls basketball team surely is starting to embrace those sorties in the early hours to Drury University for the annual Pink and White Classic.

The Bulldogs made it three consolation wins by beating Hartville 66-36 on Monday morning in Weiser Gym.

Class 4 Carl Junction (5-5) tackles Class 5 Branson at 9:30 a.m. today in Weiser to decide consolaton in the Pink Division.

Brenlee McPherson, a 5-foot-11 junior, sparkled for the Bulldogs, according to coach Tiffany Dirks, and her leading 22 points wasn’t all of the story.

Said Dirks: “That’s her best game of the season and that could be the best overall I’ve seen her play in my two years. She took over the game. She also was strong on defense and was an animal on the boards. She was her own inside-outside game.”

McPherson, who had four treys, sank three in the first quarter as Carl Junction led 19-11 after one stanza. It was 39-20 at the half against the Eagles.

Carl Junction hit nine treys overall with Bryce Boyd and Olivia Uhrich each sinking two and Sam Kopp getting one. Boyd, a 5-5 senior, netted 12 points.

Laken McDaris and Kelsey Olsen combined for 22 Hartville points.

Branson, from the Central Ozark Conference Large Division, defeated Mount Vernon 56-48 to prevent a clash of Big 8 Conference teams.

“We also play at Branson (on Jan. 8) in a makeup game,” Dirks said. “Branson is very athletic with quick guards. They move the ball well and two guards will shoot the 3. We’ll need to vary our defenses.”

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