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December 14, 2013

Harrison, Har-Ber romp in Joplin tourney

Arkansas schools Harrison and Springdale Har-Ber emphatically logged consolation wins in the 17th annual Joplin Freeman-Lady Eagle Classic on Friday.

Harrison jolted Blue Valley West 60-15 before 2012 champion Har-Ber handled Joplin 65-29 in Young Gymnasium at Missouri Southern State University.

Har-Ber, rebounding from its first loss after six wins, led Joplin (0-3) 8-0 within three minutes despite two timeouts by Eagle coach Dustin Larsen.

The Joplin deficit, with the Eagles struggling against the Wildcats’ defensive pressure, was 23-6 after one quarter and 39-20 at the half. The Eagles were nine of 10 from the foul line in a competitive second quarter.

But Har-Ber outscored the Eagles 21-9 in the third quarter to regain total control.

Said Har-Ber coach Sandy Wright: “We played with a little more intensity in this game compared to Thursday night. We regrouped and had a solid team effort.”

Wright didn’t play leading scorer Bailey Schalk (25-point average entering the tourney) because of an ailing back.

“We hope Bailey can play (on Saturday),” Wright said. “She had no mobility in our first game.”

The Wildcats received 19 points from Paige Redmond and 10 from Anna Chancellor.

The Eagles were led in scoring by Katie Sticklen (10), who had two 3s, and Bailey Taylor (9), who was 7-for-7 at the foul line.

Said Larsen: “Early, we dribbled the ball too much and had too many turnovers. We had trouble with the press, didn’t attack and gave up too many offensive rebounds. But we are getting better. It’s all part of the process.”

Veteran Harrison (2-2) opened a 34-7 advantage by halftime against young Blue Valley West (0-3).

“I’m a lot happier today than I was on Thursday night,” Goblin coach Doug Young said. “It was a good win. We just needed to play games. You just can’t simulate a game.”

Eleven players scored for Harrison with Tiffany Brisco garnering 15 on treys. Amanda Milonovich tallied nine for the Jaguars.

Jaguars’ coach Frank Lapointe said he thought his team improved from its tourney opener in several categories.

“We’re staying positive,” Lapointe said. “We’re learning each time we step onto the floor. Our challenge on Saturday is to take another step up the ladder.”

Harrison’s Young, a College of the Ozarks graduate, will be at Missouri Southern earlier today than most people associated with the classic. His oldest daughter Taesha (Mrs. Chalin Winford), will be receiving a degree from MSSU.

Taesha and sister Tia played in the classic, dad said.

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