The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 1, 2014

Jennies' 1-2 punch too much for Lions

WARRENSBURG, Mo. — The 1-2 punch of Keuna Flax and BreAnna Lewis combined for 49 points as No. 12 Central Missouri downed Missouri Southern 70-61 Saturday afternoon at the UCM Multipurpose Building.

The Jennies (16-3, 10-2 MIAA) built a 40-29 halftime lead and retained a share of the conference lead with Emporia State, which won 84-75 at Nebraska-Kearney.

Missouri Southern (14-5, 8-4) suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season and slipped from a two-way tie for third place into a three-way tie for fourth with Washburn and Fort Hays State. The Tigers beat the Ichabods 69-62 in Hays.

Senior center Dominique Mosley led the Lions with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Mosley, averaging 14.9 points and 6.9 boards for the season, collected 15 points and seven rebounds in the second half and wound up 7-of-12 from the floor and 8-of-10 at the foul line.

Tee Singleton, like Mosley coming off the bench, added 13 points and six rebounds. The Lions’ starters combined for 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Flax, the conference scoring leader at 20.6 points per game, tallied 27 points, and Lewis contributed 22, nine above her season average.

Lewis nailed 4-of-5 3-point attempts while scoring 16 first-half points to spark the Jennies to their 11-point halftime lead. Flax then took over the scoring load in the second half when she made 7-of-10 field goals and two free throws for 16 points.

A layup and 3-pointer by Singleton quickly sliced the Lions’ halftime deficit to 40-34, but Flax scored four buckets in the next five minutes as Central Missouri widened the margin to 48-39 with 14:34 left.

The Lions made another push as a free throw and two jumpers by Mosley and a layup by Sharese Jones lifted MSSU within 50-46 with 12:28 remaining.

But the Jennies answered with a 9-0 burst — jumper by Flax, 3-pointer by Quinnecia Twine and two free throws and a layup by Flax — for a 59-46 lead with 7:31 left. The Jennies maintained at least a seven-point lead the rest of the way.

Both teams shot 42 percent from the field, but the Jennies had 12 more field-goal attempts. The Jennies also held a 34-31 rebounding edge, an 11-6 advantage in offensive boards and 12-4 margin in second-chance points.

The Lions are idle until their rematch with Central Missouri at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Text Only
High School Sports
Missouri Southern Sports
Pittsburg State Sports