By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
It was a night of upsets.
Third-seeded Carl Junction rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to beat No. 2 seed Webb City 61-57 in overtime, and No. 4 Carthage outgunned top-seeded Nevada 79-66 on Friday night at Carthage High School.
The pair of upsets sets up the Class 4 District 12 championship game between the Bulldogs and the Tigers at 2:30 p.m. today at Carthage High School.
“Our school hasn’t had a district championship,” Carl Junction coach Kyle Williams said. “That was our goal all year long. Three and a half months comes down to one night. We’re ready for a dogfight with Carthage.”
Carl Junction vs. Webb City
Trailing 50-40 with six minutes remaining in regulation, Carl Junction didn’t panic.
Instead, the Bulldogs defense stepped up by limiting Webb City to only three more field goals for the rest of the quarter and in overtime combined.
“We knew we couldn’t get it back in one shot,” Williams said. “Defense got us back in it. We got stops and rebounds when we needed to. We had guys step up.”
“We fought our tails off.”
Carl Junction rallied for an 8-0 run to make it 50-48 with three minutes left in the fourth quarter.
“We just kind of held it too much and stopped being aggressive toward the end and struggled to score on a couple of possessions,” Webb City coach Landon Cornish said. “They hit big shots and got to the lane.”
However, the Cardinals appeared to have control when Kohl Slaughter rebounded a Logan Williams miss and scored to take a 54-51 lead with one minute remaining.
On the next possession, Carl Junction sophomore guard Cody Vogt unleashed a 3-pointer from the wing to tie the game at 54 with 50 seconds left.
“Cody took one earlier, and I told him to be ready to step into his shot,” Williams said. “When he steps into it, he can be a very good shooter. He’s going to be a special player down the road. You can’t ask for anything more out of him.”
Webb City ran the clock down to 13.2 seconds and called timeout. The Cardinals set up a play for guard Phoenix Johnson, but his 3-point attempt fell short and there was no foul call after a brief discussion among the referees.
Carl Junction took a 58-55 lead in overtime after a layup by Dustin Satterlee and two free throws from Hunter McPherson.
Johnson attempted another 3-pointer with eight seconds left, but it fell short and Landon Williams scored on a putback with 5.4 seconds to make it 58-57. On the inbounds play, Carl Junction broke Webb City’s pressure and found Satterlee for a layup while he was fouled with one second left.
It was a thrilling win for Carl Junction and a disappointing end for a Webb City team that entered the season with high hopes.
“I appreciate all the hard work they’ve put in, and that this one game doesn’t define their careers or what they’ve done for Webb City basketball,” Cornish said. “They’ve done a lot of great things, and they’ve been good leaders.”
Carl Junction boasted a balanced attack with Satterlee (15), Travis Vogt (14), McPherson (14) and Matt Magee (13) all scoring in double figures. Nate Brown led Webb city with 20 points.
Carthage vs. Nevada
Carthage senior forward Nathan Reid scored 20 of his game-high 28 points in the first half as the Tigers jumped out to a 39-29 lead over top-seeded Nevada.
“We wanted to get out fast,” Carthage coach Steve Ray said. “Nevada is a very good team, so we wanted to make it fast and use our athleticism early. I thought the pace was really where we wanted it.”
While Reid had the fast start, Nevada star Silas Smith was limited to three points in the first half.
Carthage stretched the lead in the fourth quarter as senior guard Dawson Allmoslecher scored 10 consecutive points to take a 70-55 lead with four minutes left. Allmoslecher finished with 20 points.
Nevada used a 7-0 run to pull within 70-62 with 1:36 left but couldn’t get any closer.
“We can play better, but I’m not sure we can play more determined than we did tonight,” Ray said. “That was a good basketball team that was very deserving of the seed. That says a lot for how much our team has improved in the last couple months.”
Nathan Colopy led Nevada with 22 points, and Smith finished with 21.
Now, Carthage has an opportunity to win the district at home.
“Honestly, we feel like we’re playing with house money,” Ray said. “We’re the No. 4 seed for a reason. We just want to come out on our home floor and play with house money and not fearful of what could happen.”
Allmoslecher said the team is going to play with determination again.
“It was a great game tonight, but we still got one to go,” he said. “We got to get all of our money to finish it.”