Carthage girls win, Joplin boys lose close on in Bill Hanson Memorial Tournament

Jan. 22—PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Carthage girls won their seventh-place game against host Pittsburg 49-32 on Saturday at the Bill Hanson Memorial Tournament.

Carthage (7-10) jumped out to a 22-10 lead after the first quarter, courtesy of three 3-pointers by Jaidyn Brunnert and a pair of treys by Lauren Choate. Both teams struggled to put up points in the second period, each scoring just 6, and Carthage went into halftime with a 28-16 lead.

Pittsburg (2-10) outscored Carthage 13-6 to tighten the game at 34-29 after the third quarter, but Carthage responded by outscoring Pittsburg 12-8 in the final frame to go on for the 49-32 win.

Choate led Carthage with 22 points, including four 3-pointers, while Brunnett chipped in with 11.

Jacqueline Hall led Pittsburg with 12 points, while Gabrielle White added seven.

Carthage hosts Seneca (2-16) on Thursday.


The Joplin Eagle boys (2-14) fell 44-41 to Willard (11-6) in the seventh-place game, despite leading most of the way.

The Eagles enjoyed a 14-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter, courtesy of a Cooper Williams 3-pointer, but the Tigers outscored Joplin 12-8 to claw back within 3 points at 22-19 going into the half.

Neither team scored until Willard's Nahmey Kelley hit a trey to give the Tigers a 24-22 lead at 4:52. It was the Tigers' first lead since 3-2 early in the game. Williams gave the lead back to Joplin with a banked 3-pointer at 4:30 to make it 25-24.

Willard managed one more score to tie the game at 26-26 going into the final period.

The Eagles scored the first 6 points of the fourth quarter, but a Willard free throw and back-to-back 3-pointers by Drew Quinlan and Brandon Boyer brought the Tigers within 1 at 34-33.

Joplin was able to extend its lead to 5 at 40-35 with a Whit Hafer dunk, but Willard's Boyer hit again from behind the arc to make it 40-38.

Willard capitalized on Eagle turnovers to take a 42-40 lead with 1:38 left in the game and hung on for a 44-41 win.

Joplin hosts Springfield Central on Tuesday at Kaminsky Gymnasium.