WEBB CITY, Mo. —
Led by 20 points from 6-foot junior post Desirea Buerge, the Webb City Cardinals girls basketball team defeated the Joplin Eagles 76-31 on Tuesday night.
Mikaela Burgess scored 16 points for Webb City, and Lexey Kneib contributed 10.
Webb City (5-0) jumped out to a 23-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“We got off to a good start with some pressure,” Webb City coach Brad Shorter said. “We were able to create some opportunities and easy baskets off our pressure. We shared the ball pretty well tonight.
Buerge’s 20 points came three days after scoring 24 points to beat Marshfield in the championship game of the Freeman/Lady Eagle Classic on Saturday in Joplin.
“We’ve talked about playing inside-out basketball,” Shorter said. “Desirea is very good for us inside, and we want to use her as much as possible.”
Joplin (1-4) was led by freshman Katie Sticklen with 10 points. Bailey Taylor and Danielle Hollingshead added six points each for the Eagles.
Exeter boys 65, McAuley 64
Terry Cook’s free throw with no time on the clock lifted Exeter past McAuley Catholic in an Ozark 7 Conference game in the Warriors’ gymnasium.
Adam Robertson’s 3-point goal — his fourth of the game — tied the game at 64-all with approximately seven seconds left. The Warriors applied pressure in the backcourt, but they were called for a foul as Cook launched a shot from beyond halfcourt. Cook made his first attempt to end the game.
Colton Stringer paced Exeter with 28 points. Blake Walker added 23 and Cook 12 for the Tigers, who sank 12-of-12 free throws in the fourth quarter and 25-of-30 for the game.
Robertson topped the Warriors (2-4, 0-1 Ozark 7) with 22 points, followed by Lathin Vlasin with 20 and Cole Lowry with 10. Lowry was limited to only seven minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.
The Warriors have a nonleague game Thursday night at Pierce City.