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January 14, 2014

Prep roundup: Webb City breezes past Ozark

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Webb City cruised to a 71-50 home win against Ozark behind 24-point games from Mikaela Burgess and Desirea Buerge on Monday night.

“It’s starting to kind of click a litle bit better for us,” coach Brad Shorter said. “Starting to understand some roles and move the ball a little bit better on offense.”

Ozark hung with the Cardinals in the first half, however, as Webb City held just a four-point lead at halftime, 29-25.

But in the third quarter, the Cardinals coupled productive offense with stingy defense, putting up 18 points of their own while holding Ozark to seven in the third stanza.

“We did a really good job of locking them up,” Shorter said.

Webb City put the game on ice with a big fourth quarter, putting up 24 points in the final period.

In addition to the 24 points each from Burgess and Buerge, Lexy Kneib contributed 12 points on four treys.

JOPLIN GIRLS 60, ROLLA 44

ROLLA, Mo. — A strong defensive effort in the second half helped visiting Joplin open its girls Ozark Conference basketball schedule by beating Rolla on Monday night.

The Eagles, winners of three of their last four games for Dustin Larsen, held Rolla to 15 points in the second half.

Said Joplin assistant Danielle Falor: “Our defense changed the game in the third quarter. We had good defensive stands on several Rolla possessions. Our defense stifled them.”

Joplin outscored the Bulldogs 16-6 in the third quarter after a 29-29 halftime stalemate.

The Eagles received double-figure scoring from three players — 5-foot-9 junior Bailey Taylor (24), 5-6 freshman Katie Sticklen (20) and 6-1 senior Danielle Hollingshead (10). Sticklen sank four 3s.

Rolla’s Jade DeShurley, a senior guard, paced Rolla in scoring with 17.

Joplin, 5-6 overall, entertains Ozark foe Camdenton at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Young Gymnasium at Missouri Southern State University.

CARL JUNCTION GIRLS 73, MONETT 20

MONETT, Mo. — Lindsey Showalter scored 19 points and Carl Junction’s girls won their Big 8 Conference opener by defeating Monett.

Brenlee McPherson scored 15 points and Bryce Boyd had 12 points for the Bulldogs, who led 44-8 at halftime. Carl Junction will face Seneca at 6 p.m. Thursday at Carl Junction.

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