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The Carthage Press
  • Tigers beat rival Webb City 50-42 on Senior Night

  • Tuesday marked Senior Night for the Carthage boys’ basketball team, and, fittingly, only seniors scored in the first quarter of the team’s home finale against rival Webb City.
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  • Tuesday marked Senior Night for the Carthage boys’ basketball team, and, fittingly, only seniors scored in the first quarter of the team’s home finale against rival Webb City.
    The only problem was the Tigers managed just three baskets from the floor and a pair of free throws in the opening frame, which closed with Webb City holding a 17-8 lead.
    The offense woes continued early in the second quarter, but the Carthage defense found a way to slow the Cardinals and the Tigers rattled off a 17-2 run then never trailed again in a 50-42 victory.
    “I thought early on Webb stepped up and made some shots to their credit,” Carthage head coach Steve Ray said. “They did a good job attacking us. We made a few adjustments, gave them some different looks defensively and sometimes that’s all it takes, whether it’s our defense or them just missing shots. We were able to cause them enough problems that we were able to get ourselves back into it. I thought, also importantly, we didn’t shoot a great percentage but we got to the free throw line. It wasn’t real pretty but the free throw line all night was just enough to keep us in it and keep us going.”
    Seniors Darren Prater and Anthony Turk each had three points in the first eight minutes, and senior Gabe Franklin added a couple more. But Webb City made three three-pointers in the quarter, including one with two seconds remaining.
    Things changed in the second. Prater made a free throw, then sophomore Alex Derryberry scored, Turk made a free throw and then a three-point shot. Prater’s bucket with 4:33 left in the half tied the game at 17.
    Webb City didn’t score from the field in the second until 1:28 remained. Carthage, meanwhile, got another basket from Turk, then one from Derryberry. Clay Gardner made two free throws for the Cardinals, but Turk scored again and made two of his own, putting Carthage up 25-19 at the 1:46 mark. The Tigers would end the half with a 26-23 lead.
    Webb City freshman Channing Mickey opened the second half with a game-tying three pointer, but Turk answered with one of his own and the Carthage defense continued to limit Webb City to the occasional free throw. The Tigers led 39-29 after senior Sawyer Bacon made a three pointer with 7:38 remaining in the game.
    Webb City clawed back to make things interesting in the final minutes. A short 6-0 run, capped by a free throw by Trey Gibson, also a freshman, made it a 43-38 game with 2:25 to play. And Carthage didn’t score from the floor in the game’s final 4:34.
    Page 2 of 2 - The difference was free throws. Carthage shot 10 of them in the final 1:18 and made seven.
    Turk led all scorers with 21 points; Derryberry and Prater each scored 8; Bacon, junior Cole Orscheln and junior D’Angelo Poole each had 3 and Franklin and junior Jesse Martini scored two apiece.
    Webb City was led by 9 points from Gardner.
    “I’m really proud of all four of our seniors,” Ray said. “It’s obviously been a real difficult year, but they’ve competed real hard. They’re able to hang in and keep the attitude they have. I’m real proud of all four of them. They’re good representatives of us on and off the floor.”
    Carthage won 38-37 in junior varsity action, with freshman Garrett McAtee scoring 11 points.
    Carthage will travel to Branson on Friday, and then to Ozark on Monday.
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