The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 19, 2012

PREP BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Triplett scores 42 for Golden City

By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer

— Dakota Triplett said he had no idea how many points he scored.

“Someone on the bus told me I had 42, and I didn’t really believe them,” the Golden City Eagles’ 6-foot-2 senior said. “Then Coach told me. I was really surprised.”

But the scorebook clearly read 42 points for Triplett in an 82-67 victory over Bronaugh on Tuesday night at Bronaugh.

The total was almost double Triplett’s scoring average of 22.5 points entering the game, and it was more points than the entire team scored in last week’s 41-35 loss to Verona.

However, the scoring onslaught was no surprise to Golden City coach Jim Hillman.

“I think a night like this for Dakota was just inevitable to happen,” Hillman said “He’s a great scorer. He’s a hybrid player. He’s got a good outside shot and has a good post presence. He’s one of the hardest workers.

“He’s just one of those kids with a special ability to score.”

Hillman said about 50 percent of Triplett’s points came in transition, but he also scored with jump shots and by driving to the basket.

“He scored every way you can,” Hillman said.

Triplett, who is used on the perimeter in some sets and in the post on others, hit two 3-pointers and was able to get to the free-throw line. The scoring effort was his career high, eclipsing a 36-point night earlier this season against College Heights in the Lockwood Tournament.

“My shot felt really good,” Triplett said. “I had five or six and-1s. It was a really good game for me.”

It also was a big win for the Eagles as Hillman beat his former squad in Bronaugh, and it improved Golden City’s record to 4-4 entering the holiday break.

“When we come back, we need to work more on our 2-3 defense,” Triplett said. “We need to fill up the gaps and play better defense. The offense is going good.”

Golden City will be at home against Northeast Vernon County on Jan. 2.


Webb City, Carl Junction prep for tourneys

The Webb City Cardinals and Carl Junction Bulldogs girls basketball teams don’t have a whole lot of time to relax during their holiday break.

Webb City beat Carl Junction 67-48 on Tuesday night in Webb City, but both teams will be playing in different tournaments that begin Dec. 26.

The Cardinals, who were ranked ninth in the latest Missouri Class 4 rankings, will play in the Neosho Holiday Classic and will face Forrest City (Ark.) at 2 p.m. on Dec. 26. The 12-team field will also include Bentonville, Carthage, East Newton, McDonald County, Neosho, Pierce City, Purdy, Seneca, Springdale and Van Buren.

Carl Junction (3-6) will be in the 32-team Pink and White Lady Classic in Springfield, which begins Dec. 26.


Buzzer beater lifts Colgan

For the first 31 minutes and 58 seconds of the game, the St. Mary’s-Colgan Panthers boys never held a lead. However, the Panthers led when it mattered most, beating Seneca 43-42 on Tuesday as Austin Commons hit a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining.

Colgan (4-1) rallied from a 23-14 halftime deficit. It was an important win for the Panthers, who were coming off an 84-52 loss to Carl Junction.

Commons hit two 3-pointers and scored 10 points in the win.

The Panthers will return from the holiday break at home against Columbus (4-1) on Jan. 4.


Quapaw girls roll to victory

The Quapaw girls improved to 8-1 with a dominating 68-18 win against Commerce on Tuesday.

Alexa Chapa and Cassie Judd led the way with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Quapaw is 5-0 in the Lucky 7 Conference and will be at home against Oklahoma Union on Friday.


Wyandotte’s Neese scores 42

Mason Neese scored 42 points against the Baxter Springs Lions on Friday night, and the Bears needed almost every one of them.

The Bears held on for a 71-67 win at Baxter Springs.

Neese scored 19 in the first quarter, but Wyandotte trailed 39-37 at halftime.

Nick Abernathy led Baxter Springs with 28 points.