The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 16, 2014

Lakers start fast to defeat Joplin girls

— Camdenton scored the first eight points and went on to defeat Joplin 63-46 in an Ozark Conference girls matchup Thursday night at Young Gymnasium.

Whitney Snow, a 5-foot-9 guard, sank three 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer at the end of the third quarter, and led Camdenton with 17 points.

“We’ve definitely been fighting with our offense, so it was good to score early,” said Camdenton head coach Staci Caffey. “Overall, our intensity was pretty high. We just kind of went cold.”

Camdenton led 59-30 going into the fourth quarter, but Joplin outscored the Lady Lakers 16-4 the rest of the way.

Junior guard Bailey Taylor made 11 of 16 free throws and led the Lady Eagles with 19 points. Senior center Danielle Hollingshead scored eight of her 10 points in the second half.

“This level of team, or any team, we can’t allow these eight, 10-, 12-point runs,” said Joplin head coach Dustin Larsen. “Every team is going to make runs, but we need to hold them to six. We attacked their press pretty well at times, and at times we looked like our old team.”

Camdenton led 40-23 at halftime, then put together a 16-5 run in the third quarter aided by different styles of defense, including a full-court press.

Camdenton’s Sophie Shore made 7 of 10 free throws and scored 15 points, and Bailey Rezabek made two 3-pointers and added 14 points.

“Our numbers are down, so we’re having to put in different defenses,” Caffey said. “We like our bread and butter to be our full-court press, but we have to have something else ready to play.

“Just because they’re 30 points down, they’re not going to lay down,” she said. “Joplin kept fighting.”

Camdenton (7-4) scored eight of its first 25 points on baskets after offensive rebounds, and the Lady Lakers were able to convert Joplin turnovers into baskets on the offensive end.

“We had 19 turnovers. They had 15 offensive rebounds and we gave up 14 points on offensive rebounds,” Larsen said. “We cut our turnovers down and get some rebounds and we’ll be in good shape.”

Joplin (5-7, 1-1) will face Sparta at 5 p.m. Monday in the first round of the Rogersville Tournament. Marshfield is the No. 1 seed. Webb City defeated Marshfield 56-46 on Dec. 13 for the championship of the Freeman-Lady Eagle Classic.

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