The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 4, 2014

Sarcoxie takes two from McAuley

Sarcoxie limited McAuley Catholic to one field goal during a nearly six-minute span in the first half Friday night and defeated the Warriors 59-36 in a boys nonconference game at McAuley.

Sarcoxie’s girls broke open a close game in the second half and defeated McAuley 45-33.

Sarcoxie’s boys trailed 10-8 midway through the first quarter, then outscored McAuley 26-6 and went into halftime with a 34-16 lead.

“We came out a little slow defensively,” said Sarcoxie head coach Kyle Johnson. “We stepped it up defensively and did a good job on the boards.”

Justin Myers, a 6-foot-3 senior guard who scored his 1,000th career point in a victory Thursday night against Stockton, led Sarcoxie with 17 points.

Garett Triplett and Riley Anderson, both 6-4 seniors, each scored 13 points. Anderson had Sarcoxie’s only 3-pointer.

“We haven’t been shooting the ball well outside lately,” Johnson said. “All of our guys did a good job of attacking the rim.”

Sarcoxie began the game with a trapping style of defense, then switched to a zone that created turnovers and a series of breakaway layups.

“We want teams to have to shoot over us,” Johnson said.

Cole Lowry led McAuley (3-6) with 14 points and Lathan Vlasin added eight points. Adam Robertson sank the Warriors’ only 3-pointer and finished with six points.

Sarcoxie (6-3) will face McAuley again Tuesday in the first round of the Miller Tournament.

In the girls’ game, Sarcoxie led 18-15 at halftime, then outscored McAuley 14-2 in the third quarter with the help of nine points by freshman guard Carson Chandler, who led the Bears with 17 points.

“We’ve been off for three weeks. We addressed stepping into our shot at halftime,” said Sarcoxie head coach Amber Ellis.

McAuley took a 9-5 lead with a 3-pointer by Kathryn Wiseman early in the second quarter, but Sarcoxie regained the lead for good when Ashley Bittick scored on a layup assisted by Sammi Lee for an 11-9 lead.

Janelle DePreste added seven points for Sarcoxie, while Mary Street led McAuley with 14 points, including nine in the second half.

“We wanted to put pressure on the ball and make them take outside shots,” Ellis said. “If we can keep them outside, that’s usually to our advantage.”

Sarcoxie (4-2) will play Thomas Jefferson on Thursday at Sarcoxie, while McAuley will face Jasper at McAuley.

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