CARL JUNCTION, Mo. —
Dustin Satterlee hit six 3-pointers as Carl Junction handled East Newton 81-37 in a Big 8 Conference basketball game Tuesday night.
Satterlee, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, finished with 22 points to lead all scorers. The Bulldogs were buoyed by a big third quarter when they scored 33 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the field.
The Patriots trailed by just two at 15-13 going into the second. By halftime, though, the Bulldog lead had swelled to 35-21.
The momentum seemed to go the Bulldogs’ way when Matt Magee broke free off a turnover and slammed home a one-handed dunk with 30 seconds left in the second quarter.
“Our kids played so well,” coach Kyle Williams said. “Defensively, after about the first quarter of just kind of going through the motions a little bit, defensively, we got after it.”
That defense allowed just eight points in each of the final three quarters and created multiple opportunities with turnovers and forced mistakes.
The Bulldogs opened their big third quarter on an 8-0 run. In the middle portion of the quarter, five straight points from Satterlee put Carl Junction up 52-25. With 1:58 left in the third, Magee finished a run of four straight himself to extend the lead to 61-27. Satterlee’s last trey came as time expired in the third capping an 18-4 run and putting Carl Junction ahead 68-29.
“I just, I guess, whenver I’m hot, my teammates try to find me open shots in the corners and around the 3-point arc. That helped me out,” Satterlee said.
The Bulldogs added 13 in the final quarter to round out their scoring. Magee finished with 21 points, followed by Aaron Nelson’s 13.
Sam Swartz led East Newton with 12 points.
“I thought we executed on the offensive end all night,” Williams said. “It’s nice because I don’t have to get on them when they’re doing things that we work on in practice and we execute. So I was really pleased with the overall effort on both ends of the floor.
Carl Junction will face Mount Vernon on Friday in another Big 8 game.
CARL JUNCTION GIRLS 83, CASSVILLE 44
A big first half carried Carl Junction’s girls to a win in a makeup game.
The Bulldogs scored 26 and 29 in the game’s opening quarters to take a 55-26 halftime lead.
Carl Junction’s offense was particularly effective in the second quarter as the Bulldogs missed only four shots — two field goals and two free throws — in the quarter.
Carl Junction was also able to hold Cassville to a single basket in the fourth quarter. Brenlee McPherson opened the quarter with five straight points and finished with a game-high 24. Not far behind was Lindsey Showalter with 23.
Devyn Callahan finished with 12 points to lead Cassville.
The Bulldogs will return to action Thursday with a Big 8 game at Mount Vernon.