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March 7, 2014

Webb City makes 18 treys in semifinal win against Carl Junction

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Favored Webb City rained 18 treys on Carl Junction.

Nevada, the third seed, eliminated No. 2 McDonald County as 6-foot-2 junior Rilie Good made the Mustangs downright sad.

Girls semifinal scores in the Class 4 District 12 Tournament on Thursday night were Webb City 89, Carl Junction 57, and Nevada 52, McDonald County 42.

Nevada (11-13) challenges Webb City (22-4) at 1 p.m. on Saturday for the championship.

McDonald County and fourth-seeded Carl Junction finished 16-10 and 15-12, respectively.

The Webb City 3s were a season high for a single game this season and the points No. 2, coach Brad Shorter said.

“Maybe 6, 7 and 8,” Carl Junction coach Tiffany Dirks said. “But that’s the first time any team has put 18 on one of my teams.

Said Shorter: “We shoot a lot of 3s in practice. We got several good looks. We didn’t force many. We did a nice job of moving the ball.”

Added Dirks: “I thought we played well. But we couldn’t stop them.”

Kaitlin Beason, a 5-foot-8 senior, had seven treys for the Cardinals. Mikaela Burgess (5-6 senior) added six and Lexey Kneib (5-5 sophomore) five.

The Cardinals, who led 47-26 at the half, received 30 points from Beason, 29 from Burgess, 15 from Kneib and 10 from 6-1 junior Desirea Buerge.

Carl Junction received 21 points from 5-6 senior Bryce Boyd, 19 from 5-11 junior Brenlee McPherson and 13 from 5-11 sophomore Lindsey Showalter. Boyd had four 3-pointers.

Nevada, which recently lost 30-28 at McDonald County, led 18-14 at the half and 30-23 entering the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs had several chances to pare the deficit to less than five points but were unable to deliver.

Said Nevada coach Brent Bartlett: “We’re peaking at the right time. We’ve improved a lot on both offense and defense since that game at Anderson even though it was on just Feb. 14. We’re playing well.

“Now, in this game, we overall committed too many turnovers and missed too many free throws in that fourth quarter,” Bartlett said.

Still, the Tigers meshed 20 of 32 from the line in the contest and 12 of 22 in the fourth quarter.

Good, who consistently banked home a short turn shot, finished with 20 points and just missed a triple-double, Bartlett said, falling short in rebounds and blocked shots. She has one triple-double this season.

Good was the only scorer in double figures for Nevada. But balance wasn’t totally absent as four more Tigers scored at least six points.

McDonald County got 17 points from 6-0 junior Prelsea Reece and 12 from 5-6 classmate Nicole Ickes, who had three 3s.

Said Mustang coach Blake Short: “We started slowly and never really got into the game. We had a couple of runs but we’d wind up losing a ‘50-50 ball’ or give up an offensive rebound. We couldn’t get any consistency.”

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