CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The second half doomed Carl Junction in its boys basketball season opener.

The Bulldogs started out strong, outscoring Strafford 15-11 in the first quarter. The Bulldogs and Indians (4-0) took a 21-all tie into the intermission, only to see Strafford pull away to a 61-31 victory.

Riley Oberbeck led Stafford with 23 points, while Dillon Hester scored 16.

Trent Smith led Carl Junction with 19 points. Teagan Armentrout scored five, and Alex Dixon finished with four.

Carl Junction takes part in the Arvest Hoopfest on Thursday. The Bulldogs open with Rogers (Arkansas) Heritage at 7 p.m.

College Heights girls 61, Purdy 25

College Heights jumped out to a 40-14 halftime lead against visiting Purdy.

Three players scored in double figures for the Cougars, who won their fourth game in five outings.

Leading the way was Emmy Colin with 17 points, while Kaynahn Burk added 16 and Grace Bishop 15.

Emma Harkey topped the Eagles with seven points.

“We had balance scoring, which makes it more difficult to defend against,” said College Heights coach John Blankenship. “We had great offensive execution, and our transition game gave us easy baskets as well.”

College Heights plays at Liberal at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Purdy boys 55,College Heights 36

PURDY, Mo. — The Eagles led 14-10 after the first quarter and broke away during the middle two quarters of the nonconference game.

Frenando Garcia tallied 18 points and Mason Schallert 13 for Purdy (2-3), which led 29-14 at halftime and 41-21 after three stanzas.

Skyler Levendosky hit four 3-pointers for 12 points to lead the Cougars (2-1). Conner Burton chipped in with 10 points.

Pierce City boys 58,McAuley 50

After an even contest through three quarters, Pierce City pulled away in the final period to hand the Warriors their fifth loss in six games.

The score was deadlocked at 25-all at halftime and 35-all at the end of three quarters.

Miller Stephens topped McAuley and all scorers with 20 points.

McAuley plays at Sarcoxie at 6 p.m. Friday.

Thomas Jefferson boys 71, Everton 47

EVERTON, Mo. — Thomas Jefferson opened a 33-23 halftime lead and went on to breeze by Everton.

Scoring in double figures for the Cavaliers were Chase Kellenberger with 21 points, Dhruv Gheewala 19 and Aaron Wells 14.

Tre Shearer led Everton with 15.

Thomas Jefferson (4-1) plays at Galena (Mo.) at 5 p.m. Friday.

WRESTLING

Seneca 48, Carl Junction 21

SENECA, Mo. — The Indians won six matches by pin, half of them in the first period by Brayden Thiel at 106 pounds, Levi Connelly at 113 and Clayton Swadley at 120.

Seneca also had pins by Grant Smith at 138, Zane Cotten at 160 and Grant Durham at 285.

Carl Junction’s Ethan Walker won by pin with one second left in the second period.

Carthage dominates

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Tigers decked Miami 75-6 and Columbus 75-4 to raise their dual record to 3-0.

Carthage’s Braxdon Tate (106 pounds), Eli Sneed (138) and Victor Salazar (152) posted two pins. In addition, Trulyn Kendrick (160), Kanen Vogt (195) and Kale Schrader (220) went 2-0 with a pin and a forfeit.

Miami’s Jordan Freeman won by pin at 145 pounds, and Columbus’ Gabe Parker won by a 10-0 major decision at 132.

Carthage returns to action at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Farmington Duals. The Tigers are the defending tournament champion.