The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 3, 2013

Prep roundup: Balanced attack propels Carl Junction past Monett

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. —  The Carl Junction Bulldogs girls basketball team used a pressure defensive attack to defeat the Monett Cubs 71-19 during the first round of the CJ Classic on Monday night.

The victory means the Bulldogs (1-0) will face Carthage at 6 p.m. Thursday in the classic. The Tigers won their tournament opener 66-35 over Liberal.

“We had a very balanced attack,” Carl Junction coach Tiffany Dirks said. “We spread our our scoring. Our press shut them down quickly. Our pressure defense was strong and caused a lot of turnovers on their part.”

Carl Junction jumped out to a 24-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and held a 49-8 halftime advantage.

Four Carl Junction players scored in double figures. Olivia Uhrich led with 16 points, while Lindsey Showalter, Bryce Boyd and Jalee Dollarhide followed with 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Brooke McLean led Monett (0-2) with seven points.

Carl Junction’s junior varsity squad also is in the tournament and will face Nevada’s varsity at 7:30 p.m. today.

“Not a lot of JV teams get to face that competition and that pressure,” Dirks said.  “It should make the kids better and stronger a lot faster.”

Carthage Invitational

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Elias Roelfsema scored 15 points as fourth-seeded Seneca came from behind in the second half and defeated Carthage 64-52 in the first round of the 67th annual Carthage Invitational tournament.

Carthage led 29-23 at halftime, but Seneca took a 43-41 lead into the fourth quarter.

Tyrell Hembree and Seth Harris each scored 14 points for Seneca, and Chance Smith added 12. Cory Prevost led Carthage with 17 points, including three 3-pointers.

Top-seeded Rogers Heritage defeated Monett 58-32 in another first-round game. Christ Olsen led Heritage with 17 points and teammate Wyatt Kinnamon scored 14 points. Monett’s Cameron Witt and Elijah George each scored six points.

First-round action concludes tonight with two games — second-seeded Joplin vs. Nevada at 6 and No. 3 Springfield Central vs. Neosho at 7:30.

Pierce City tournament

PIERCE CITY, Mo. — Pierce City’s Zack Hyde, Michael Merriman and Colin Garner combined for 44 points during a 62-18 win against the Thomas Jefferson Cavaliers.

Hyde, Merriman and Garner scored 16, 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Pierce City jumped out to a 42-12 halftime lead.

Michael Joseph led Thomas Jefferson with nine points.

Thomas Jefferson will play McDonald County at 6 p.m. on Friday. Pierce City faces East Newton at 6 p.m. Thursday.

In another first-round game, East Newton jumped out to a 19-9 first-quarter lead and held on to beat McDonald County 52-48.

Bryce Zimmerman led the Patriots with 18 points, followed by Colby Thomas with 15 and Sam Swartz with 12.

Dagan Stites captured game honors with 22 points for the Mustangs.

Diamond Tournament

DIAMOND, Mo. — Jayse Henderson scored 12 points as Purdy slipped past College Heights Christian 43-26 in the first round of the Diamond Tournament.

Purdy will face Jasper at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Courtney White scored nine points for Purdy, and teammates Ashton Young and Desirie Ennes each scored six points.

Bre Shores led College Heights with eight points, including two 3-pointers.

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