Bailey Taylor made two free throws with 12 seconds left as Joplin defeated Waynesville 40-39 on Senior Night in an Ozark Conference game at Young Gymnasium.
Taylor, a 5-foot-9 junior guard, led the Eagles with 18 points. Lexie Sohosky and Katie Sticklin each scored seven points.
Kelsey Johnson, one of three seniors on Joplin’s roster, made a 3-pointer at the buzzer at the end of the third quarter that gave the Eagles a 32-27 lead.
The Tigers rallied and took a 35-34 lead with 31⁄2 minutes left. The lead went back and forth before Taylor’s drive to the basket and game-winning free throws.
Marissa Queen, a 5-6 guard who scored three points, and Danielle Hollingshead, a 6-1 post, also are seniors for the Eagles.
Joplin, 8-17, will play Springfield Central at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Class 5 district tournament at Willard.
WEBB CITY GIRLS 72, NEOSHO 45
WEBB CITY, Mo. — Webb City became co-champions of the Central Ozark Conference Large Division with a victory Monday night against Neosho.
The Cardinals (20-4, 6-1) sank 10 3-pointers in the first half and led 47-17 at halftime. Senior guard Mikaela Burgess, who went over the 1,500-point mark for her career, led Webb City with 20 points. Desiree Buerge and Kaitlin Beason each scored 18 points.
“We moved the ball pretty well and we shot the ball pretty well,” said Webb City head coach Brad Shorter. “We got some great looks in our offense and on the break, and we took advantage of them. It was one of our better rebounding nights.”
Webb City’s Burgess, Lexie Kneib and Beason each made four 3-pointers. Chelsey Henry led Neosho with 28 points.
JASPER GIRLS 49, McAULEY 14
PURDY, Mo. — McAuley Catholic’s girls basketball season came to an end Monday with a loss to top-seeded Jasper in the Class 2 District 12 tournament at Purdy.
Audra Royster led Jasper with 12 points and she got help from eight other scorers as Jasper advanced.
PIERCE CITY GIRLS 52, COLLEGE HEIGHTS 12
PURDY, Mo. — Only four players scored for College Heights as the Cougars fell to No. 2 seed Pierce City on Monday in Class 2 District 12 action.
The Eagles had three scorers finish in double figures, led by Christine Younker’s 22 points. Bailee Hayward added 13 in the win.