The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 16, 2013

Incarnate Word rolls past Webb City in title game

From staff reports

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Incarnate Word Academy lived up to its hype and capped a perfect season with a 63-22 victory over Webb City in the Class 4 girls basketball state championship game Saturday night at Mizzou Arena.

The Red Knights, who led 23-9 after one quarter, went 31-0 this season and won their final three games in the state tournament by 52, 41 and 41 points.

“They are an exceptional basketball team,” Webb City coach Brad Shorter said on his postgame radio show. “They are the best basketball team I’ve ever seen, hands down, and I’ve been able to see a lot of good ones. We wanted to win it, but with a team like this, second place is pretty darn good.”

Napheesa Collier, 6-foot-1 sophomore who is considered the No. 3 national recruit for 2015 by ESPN, had 24 points and 14 rebounds for Incarnate Word. Guard Nia Roth added 14 points.

Desirea Buerge led Webb City (25-6) with eight points, and Casey Heger and Mikaela Burgess each had five.