ANDERSON, Mo. — The Bronson Schaake era has officially begun.

In Schaake’s coaching debut, the Joplin boys basketball team defeated McDonald County 62-58 on Tuesday night on the road.

“It was an exciting first game,” Schaake said. “I didn’t expect it to be so close towards the end. I think we were up 16 or 18. We weren’t making free throws. Our defense kind of got sloppy, and they were nailing 3-pointers. It went from 16 to six or seven really quick. We have some stuff we have to clean up on, but it’s good to get the first win out of the way at the same time.”

The Eagles (1-0) led the Mustangs 12-9 after the first stanza and increased that lead to 26-22 by halftime. Joplin outscored McDonald County 19-8 in the third quarter to stretch its lead out to 45-30.

The Mustangs rallied with a 28-17 fourth quarter, but the Eagles held on to secure the victory.

The Wright brothers paced the way for Joplin in its season opener.

All Wright, 6-foot-2 combo guard, scored a game-high 23 points and connected from deep four times. Senior guard Always Wright was close behind with 19 points, including a trio of triples.

Terrance Gibson was the only other Eagle in double-figures as he scored 12 points.

Pierce Harmon was the leading scorer for McDonald County (0-1). He had 18 points and sank five from beyond the arc.

Joplin plays at Pittsburg (Kan.) at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.

Cavaliers rout Bronaugh 54-16

The Thomas Jefferson boys basketball team got off to a scorching start and claimed a lopsided 54-16 win over Bronaugh on Tuesday night at home.

The Cavaliers (2-0) led 23-4 after the opening frame and extended that to a 35-11 advantage at the break. Thomas Jefferson held Bronaugh scoreless in the third quarter and increased their lead to 46-11 heading into the fourth stanza.

Caden Myers scored a game-high 20 points to pace the Cavaliers, while Drew Goodhope had 10. Tyler Brouhard chipped in eight points.

Bronaugh was led by Isaac Earnest with seven points.

Thomas Jefferson competes in the Gem City Classic next week.

Liberal boys down McAuley 68-33 in season opener

The Liberal boys basketball team featured four players in double-digit scoring and defeated McAuley Catholic 68-33 on Tuesday night on the road.

It marked the first game of the season for both squads.

Payton Morrow had a game-high 19 points for the Bulldogs (1-0), while Matt Boehne had 14. Nathan Smith and Chase Ray each contributed 10 points.

The Warriors (0-1) were led in scoring by Noah Black with 11 points. Kevin Tran had six.

McAuley competes in the Gem City Classic next week.

Yates’ 21 points ignites Carthage past Hillcrest

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Kianna Yates was just doing Kianna Yates things.

The junior floor general registered a game-high 21 points to lift Carthage past Hillcrest 60-50 in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday night inside CHS Gymnasium.

With the triumph, the Tigers (1-1) bounced back from a 75-33 setback to Kickapoo in their season-opener on Friday.

And Carthage led from start to finish against the Hornets. The Tigers outscored Hillcrest 33-24 by intermission and a 12-4 third quarter proved to be more than enough separation in the end.

Carthage also received key contributions from Sophie Shannon, who had 10 points. Landry Cochran scored eight points, while Maggie Boyd had seven.

Hillcrest (0-1) was paced by Jamyra Parlette with 15 points.

Carthage plays host to its Lady Tigers Invitational on Dec. 2-4.

McAuley girls cruise past Liberal 48-27 in season opener

The McAuley Catholic girls basketball team picked up right where it left off from last season’s state tournament run.

The Warriors (1-0) led 14-2 after the first quarter and cruised to a 48-27 triumph over Liberal in its season opener on Tuesday night at home.

“I thought we came out strong in the first half,” McAuley coach Mike Howard said. “We played really well on the defensive end. We confused them a little bit. Liberal has a pretty young team, but I felt like we competed with them and got some interceptions that led to some points.

“The first half was really good to me. The second half was not as good. We still have some stuff to work on, obviously. Everyone has stuff to work on after the first game. I’m fine with that. I thought overall we played pretty well.”

Senior Kayleigh Teeter, who is on pace to become McAuley’s all-time leading scorer, posted a game-high 20 points and hit a trio of 3-pointers. Kennedy DeRuy added 12 points, while Lily Black had eight.

Liberal (0-1) was spearheaded by Ellaina LaNear with 10 points.

The Warriors compete in the Gem City Classic next week.

Hagerman’s big night lifts Bronaugh past Thomas Jefferson

Nicole Hagerman poured in a game-high 28 points to pace Bronaugh past Thomas Jefferson Independent in a season opener for both teams on Tuesday night at TJ Fieldhouse.

The Wildcats (1-0) jumped out to a 12-2 start, but the Cavaliers sliced the deficit to 22-17 at halftime. However, Bronaugh responded with a 18-3 burst in the third quarter to pull away.

Hagerman, a senior, finished with a pair of 3-pointers. Gretchen Banes added 11 points as well for the Wildcats.

Thomas Jefferson (0-1) was paced by Gabbie Hiebert with 12 points, while Presly Long chipped in seven. The Cavaliers hosts Liberal at 6 p.m. next Tuesday.

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