The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 12, 2013

PREP ROUNDUP: Free throws lift Seneca


From staff reports

SENECA, Mo. — Seneca was clutch from the foul line in overtime and knocked off the Carl Junction Bulldogs 74-67 in a Big 8 Conference tussle on Friday night.

Seneca led by six heading into the fourth quarter before Carl Junction responded. The Bulldogs tied the game with seven seconds remaining on Matt Magee’s free throw.

But the Indians outscored Carl Junction 14-7 in the overtime session — including 10 points from the foul line — to earn the win.

“We stepped up and made free throws down the stretch,” Seneca coach Will King said. “That was the key in overtime.”

Kyler Ng scored a game-high 26 points to lead Seneca while Bradley Jumper hit four 3-pointers and added 18. Logan St. Clair and Chance Smith each scored 10.

Carl Junction got 22 points from Magee, 18 from Travis Vogt and 14 from Ryan Devore, who hit four treys.

Verona boys 58, McAuley 57

McAuley Catholic overcame a 19-point deficit, but a second-half rally fell short as visiting Verona outlasted the Warriors.

Seth Losack led Verona with 20 points and teammate Ascension Estrada scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers.

Shaw Robertson led McAuley with 30 points, and Adam Robertson had 12 points on four 3-pointers.

McAuley, which trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half, went into halftime trailing 38-21. The Warriors outscored Verona 18-7 in the third quarter, then took a one-point lead with 11⁄2 minutes remaining.

Webb City boys 65, Lebanon 28

LEBANON, Mo. — Webb City’s defense was stellar and the Cardinals had three players with at least 12 points in the runaway nonconference win.

The Cardinals held Lebanon to seven or fewer points in each of the first three quarters, then allowed 10 in the fourth.

Phoenix Johnson scored a game-high 13 points to lead Webb City while Jalen Vaden and Kohl Slaughter each added 12.

The Cardinals (12-3) led 35-14 at halftime and 59-18 after three quarters to put the running clock into play.

Exeter boys 51, Thomas Jefferson 43

Austin Johnson, who tossed in five 3s, and Kong Lee tallied 17 and 15 points, respectively, to pace the visiting Tigers in the Ozark 7 Conference game.

Exeter led 14-6 after one period behind Johnson’s three treys.

But Thomas Jefferson coach Chris Myers said the Cavaliers rallied to lead briefly in the third quarter. The Cavaliers then applied pressure in the final period, Myers said, before the Tigers began sinking free throws to pull away. Exeter was 10 of 13 from the foul line in the final stanza.

Thomas Jefferson (2-7, 0-2) received 15 points from Justin Brown and 14 from Tyler Thurman.

Webb City girls 52, Nevada 39

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Kaitlin Beason and Desirea Buerge each scored 14 points as the Cardinals improved to 12-3 with the nonconference victory.

Casey Heger, who had three treys, added 12 points for the Cardinals. They led 26-17 at halftime.

Tori Dahmer paced Nevada with 17 points and Morgan McNeley added 13.

Carl Junction girls 59,Neosho 48

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction outscored Neosho 19-9 in the fourth quarter to win the nonconference game.

Bryce Boyd led five Carl Junction players in double figures with 13 points. Sidney Koch and Maria Chism each scored 12 points, while Brenlee McPherson had 11 points and Katie Skaggs scored 10.

Cora Lowry and Chelsea Henry each scored 10 points for Neosho.

CHC girls 49, New Covenant 36

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Bri Shores scored 19 points and Afton Clevenger added 14 points and 14 rebounds as College Heights triumphed in a nonconference game on Thursday night.

CHC, 4-7, led 22-11 at intermission.

The Cougars also got eight boards from Shores and three steals and seven rebounds from Jasmine Johnson.