Webb City, Joplin and Carthage each win a triumph in the 4 States shootout | Sports
WEBB CITY, Mo. – The Central Ozark conference was well represented at the 4-States Challenge on Saturday as Webb City, Joplin and Carthage won a combined 3-0 inside the Cardinal Dome at Webb City High School.
The one-day event saw Webb City defeat Parsons (Kan.) 93-69, Joplin defeat Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) 59-36, and Carthage defeat Rogers (Ark.) 51-44.
All three COC teams are 17-2 combined this season.
“The league is going to be very good again,” said Webb City head coach Jason Horn. “From top to bottom, every night will be rough. It’s going to be difficult to win games on the road. There are a lot of very good players, but it’s balanced again. I thought it was balanced last year, and I think it could be even more balanced this year.
WEBB CITY 93, PARSONS 69
Webb City put in an impressive performance in a relatively disappointing evening game as the Cardinals took a double-digit lead in the first quarter and led by up to 30 points in the second half.
The Cardinals shot 54 percent from the floor and scored 14 players in the game. Kaden Turner and Barron Duda both finished with a record 15 points, while Dupree Jackson and Trey Roets also finished in double digits with 10 points each.
“We tried to bring in a lot of guys tonight and see what they could do,” Horn said. “We’re still at the start of the season and we haven’t really practiced a ton together as a group. So it was a good opportunity to see guys in different situations and in different places on the pitch for us.
The Cardinals missed several open looks near the rim early in the game but were able to settle in and end the first quarter on a 12-0 streak to take a 17-4 advantage. The push saw Roets score six points with three straight layups. Parsons, meanwhile, was limited to just two buckets made by Jessie Jones.
“I think we did a good job sharing the ball,” said Horn. “Defensively, we managed to speed them up a bit and we had a few breakaways. … Anytime you can get a good start and everyone is kind of in the flow, the hits are going to fall a little better.
Turner found his offensive pace in the second period when he started with 10 of the Cardinals’ first 12 points in the period. After back-to-back baskets from Turner – a two-handed dunk on an assist from Dante Washington, then a layup on the next possession – Webb City held a 29-8 lead.
The Cardinals opened their lead to 26 points in the second quarter before Parsons closed the half on a 6-2 rise, reducing Webb City’s advantage to 41-19 at the break.
Webb City extended their lead to 30 points, 52-22, at 5:28 of the third quarter.
JOPLIN 59, SCA 36
A dominant third quarterback helped Joplin to a convincing victory over Sunrise Christian Academy to move up to 7-0 this season.
This is Joplin’s best start to a campaign since the 2017-18 season, when the team opened the year with nine straight wins.
“I wrote on the board last night (after Joplin’s 66-56 win over Springfield Central) 6-0, and now I’m going 7-0,” Joplin head coach Bronson Schaake said. “It’s one game at a time. We’re going to have a busy schedule, but that’s okay. Let’s keep the rhythm. “
The Eagles came out shooting long distance in the first quarter, hitting three straight three runs – two for Always Wright and one for All Wright – to take a 9-2 lead.
Joplin closed the first quarter with a 6-0 push that included layups from Landen Atherton and All Wright and a midrange jumper from Always Wright, giving the Eagles a 17-6 advantage before the second.
The Eagles held onto their biggest first-half lead, 30-15, late in the second quarter after Bruce Wilbert scored five quick runs with a 3-pointer and then a layup. A layup from SCA’s Andres Lopera reduced Joplin’s lead to 30-17 just before the game’s intermission.
The Eagles were leading up to 29 points after Always Wright capped a 9-0 run with a triple beating late in the third quarter. SCA didn’t come close to 23 points behind Joplin the rest of the way.
Always Wright and Terrance Gibson punctuated Joplin’s score with 21 and 12 points respectively.
CARTHAGE 51, ROGERS 44
Carthage managed to fend off an attempt to come back from Rogers in the fourth quarter for a third straight win.
The Tigers saw a 10-point lead reduced to four after Rogers’ Rex Krout converted a layup with 2:50 to play.
From there, Carthage finished on a 5-2 push with five free throws taken – two each by Clay Kinder and Max Templeman and one by Tyler Willis – to pull away for the seven-point triumph.
“(This game) shows that maturity is there day to day,” Carthage head coach Nathan Morris said. “It shows how much they wanted to fight and were able to make some big plays in the end to finish this.”
Carthage took the competition’s first substantial lead thanks to a 9-0 run in the 3:33 final of the second quarter. The surge began with a triple from Templeman before Joel Pugh scored six straight points with an old-fashioned 3-point game, then a jumper over the arc to give the Tigers at halftime.
“It was huge,” Morris said. “We finally started to go down. … It took us a bit to trust each other and get off. When Max started to attack and we started to filter the bodies I think it was the difference at the end of the first half.
Outside the break, Carthage widened their advantage to 10 points on a steal and a transition layup from Templeman to make it 39-29 with less than two minutes left in the third quarter. Rogers capped the score in the quarter with a Rex Krout jumper to reduce the CHS lead to 39-31 before the fourth.
Templeman and Pugh both finished with 14 points, a team high, while Clay Kinder added 12 points.