The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 18, 2014

Prep roundup: Eagles earn Ozark Conference victory at Camdenton

CAMDENTON, Mo. — Charlie Brown popped in 28 points, and Jace Braker and Spencer Layne combined for 24 as Joplin broke away in the third quarter for a 70-63 victory over Camdenton on Friday night in an Ozark Conference basketball contest.

The Eagles (8-3, 2-0 Ozark) led 35-30 at the intermission, then outscored the Lakers 25-14 in the third period for a 60-44 advantage.

“We started guarding much better,” Eagles coach Jeff Williams said. “Those guys obviously can shoot it, and they are on their home court. I thought we guarded better then and through the rest of the game.

“I thought our rebounding was good tonight. We’ve worked on that after the Webster Groves game (last Saturday in the championship of the Kaminsky Classic). We’ve worked on being stronger around the basket.”

Braker ignited the Eagles’ second-half offense with 11 points in the third quarter. He hit three 3-pointers in the period, the last one coming at the buzzer.

“They were open looks,” Williams said. “Penetration by Charlie got him open. The one he hit at the end of the third quarter was a big shot, a big momentum factor.”

Brown played another solid game for the Eagles, hitting two treys among his nine field goals and converting 8-of-8 free throws. He scored eight points in the first quarter and 10 in the second.

Braker finished with 13 points, and Layne scored 11.

Camdenton’s balanced attack included 13 points apiece from Zack Brown and Jake Decker and 12 each from Kullen Carlock and Jordan Knight.

The Eagles have a nonconference home game against Neosho on Tuesday night at Robert Ellis Young Gymnasium. The freshman game starts the three-game session at 4:30, and the varsity game will start at approximately 7:30.

College Heights boys 53,New Covenant 33

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Ryan Beaver scored 16 points as College Heights Christian defeated New Covenant in a nonconference game.

College Heights outscored New Covenant 14-2 in the second quarter and took a 23-16 lead into halftime.

“We changed up the defense and went to a zone,” said College Heights head coach Eric Johnson. “That seemed to make a difference.”

Josh Woodmansee, a 6-foot-4 junior, scored 12 points, including two 3-pointers, and had 10 rebounds and four assists.

College Heights (3-7) plays Wheaton at 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Sarcoxie Tournament.

McAuley boys 53, Verona 50

VERONA, Mo. — Key baskets down the stretch propelled the McAuley Catholic Warriors to a victory over Verona.

Verona’s Devon Delano hit a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 50-49 lead with about 55 seconds left. McAuley (6-8) responded as Cole Lowry scored on a baseline drive, and Adam Robertson hit two free throws with about 30 seconds left.

The Warriors rallied after trailing 30-22 at halftime.

Lathan Vlasin led McAuley with 20 points, and Robertson scored 15.

Tomas Estrada led Verona (7-6) with 17 points.

Webb City girls 61, Nevada 36

NEVADA, Mo. — Webb City held Nevada to only 14 points while building a 32-14 advantage in the nonconference contest.

The Cardinals (10-3) had four players reach double figures, led by Desirea Buerge’s 21. Kaitlin Beason added 14, Lexy Kneib had 11 and Mikaela Burgess finished with 10.

Nevada (6-7) was led by Rilie Good’s 14 points.

Webb City will play in the Frontenac Tournament, which starts next Thursday. Nevada plays Monday at Skyline.

EXETER GIRLS 48, McAuley 20

EXETER, Mo. — Mikayla Myer scored 19 points as Exeter defeated Thomas Jefferson in an Ozark ‘7’ Conference game.

Kaylee Conner led Thomas Jefferson with seven points and 13 rebounds.

Thomas Jefferson plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday at McAuley Catholic in a game rescheduled from Jan. 31.

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