The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 27, 2012

Ozark Christian cruises to victory

From staff reports

— Marko Mircetio led five players in double figures and Ozark Christian used an explosive first half to cruise to a 96-39 win over visiting Calvary Bible on Tuesday night.

The Ambassadors (4-2, 2-0 Midwest Christian College Conference) shot 61 percent in the first half and had a 60-13 lead at halftime.

Mircetio hit 8-of-12 field goals — including 3-of-4 from behind the arc — and scored a game-high 21 points while pulling down nine rebounds. Kyle Wicklund scored 14 points and had seven rebounds. Cody Goodwin scored 13 points and had six assists while Brandon Rogers had 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Darrin Chitwood scored 10.

Calvary was led by Karlin Wiebe’s 11 points while Detrich Carter added nine.

The Ambassadors go to Ecclesia College on Thursday for an 8 p.m. contest.

OCC women fall

The Ozark Christian women were outscored by 14 in the second half and dropped a 60-49 home decision to Calvary Bible despite a big night from Anna Chandler.

Chandler scored 30 points thanks, in part, to a 14-for-14 effort from the foul line. Sarah Rhodes added nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Ambassadors.

The Ambassadors led 28-25 at halftime before shooting just 23 percent from the field in the second half.

Calvary got 23 points from Kiera Agee, 13 from Brittanee Weide and 10 from Lydia Chambers.

Crowder women win

PRATT, Kan. — Terai Sadler scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Crowder past Pratt 80-67 in women’s junior college basketball on Tuesday night.

The Lady ’Riders (9-1) hope to avenge their only loss at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Seminole (Okla.).

Crowder erased a 41-39 deficit at the half by playing much better defense, according to coach Tina Robbins.

“We were in foul trouble in the first half — several players picked up a pair — but we started the second half by holding them scoreless for about four minutes,” Robbins said. “We took the lead and I don’t think we trailed again (in the game).”

Sadler was backed by Camelia Lacerda (12 points, seven assists), Caprese Marshall (17 points) and Dorian Briggs (13 points). Briggs, Lacerda and Veronica Amos each had three steals.

Pratt received 22 points from Tatiana Grant, 15 from Hali Jo Smith and 14 from Ashri Broadwater.