The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 5, 2014

Parkview eliminates JHS girls

WILLARD, Mo. — Joplin’s girls started strong before falling 63-43 to Parkview in their Class 5 District 12 semifinal game at Willard High School on Tuesday.

The Eagles owned an 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, aided by poor shooting by No. 1 seeded Parkview. The Vikings made only 2-of-13 field goals in the first eight minutes, including an 0-for-3 showing from Missouri State signee Aubrey Buckley.

The second quarter was another story. Buckley heated up to the tune of 13 points without missing a shot in the midst of a 23-2 surge by Parkview.

The Vikings opened the quarter on a 14-0 run before Katie Sticklen hit a jump shot to for Joplin’s only basket 3:22 before halftime. Parkview’s second quarter run continued as it opened a 29-13 advantage at the half.

The Eagles were plagued by 16 turnovers in the first half, eight in each quarter. Many of those turnovers were forced by a tight Parkview press defense.

“We knew early it was going to be important for us to handle their pressure, their physicality,” Joplin coach Dustin Larsen said. “I thought offensively we didn’t handle that the way we needed to.”

Joplin scored more points in the third quarter than it did in the first half, matching the Vikings’ 16 points. Again, Buckley was quiet for much of the quarter, managing only two points on a trip to the free throw line midway through the quarter.

“I thought our kids did a great job (on Buckley),” Larsen said. “Especially setting the tone at the beginning of the game.”

Kelsey Johnson carried Joplin’s offense as the second half began, pouring in 10 points in the third quarter, including two 3-pointers. The Eagles went into the fourth quarter down 45-29.

Bailey Taylor led Joplin with 15 points, and Johnson finished with 14. Buckley’s 19 points led four Vikings in double figures.

“Just needed a few more stops, just couldn’t get them,” Larsen said. “Just wasn’t as strong as we needed to be, but, you know, I’m really excited about the progress. The way the kids have competed and improved; it’s been a while since Joplin has won in the district.”

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