Holton Keith (22) drives while guarded by Nixa’s Kelvon Flint and Randy Flint.


Cardinals seeded third in districts, face Belton Feb. 29 in opening round

Webb City boys basketball has one more home game and one on the road before taking on Belton in the first round of the Class 5 District 7 tournament on Thursday, Feb. 29, at Pembroke Hill (Kansas City).

Webb City is seeded third and faces sixth-seeded Belton in the opening round. Grandview is seeded first, and Raytown is second. Other schools in the district are Raytown South (4th), Pembroke Hill (5th), Carl Junction (7th), and Hogan Prep (8th).

Pembroke Hill is at 1439 W. 51st St., Kansas City (west of the Country Club Plaza).

After a disappointing conference-deciding home loss (84-69) to Nixa on Friday, the Cardinals bounced back with a 74-57 win at Carl Junction.

The Cardinals (18-6, 7-1 conference) are finishing off the regular season Thursday at home vs. East Newton (11-14) and Friday at Neosho (7-18).

The last home game gives senior Barron Duda a chance to increase his record of most career points scored in the Cardinal Dome. He also holds the team record for  most career 3-pointers. He’s sunk 67 (.467%) this season.

Duda and Holton Keith led the Cardinals at Carl Junction in scoring, with 19 and 18 points respectively, and seven rebounds apiece. Omari Jackson had 14, and Eli Pace had 11. Pace also had 6 rebounds.

The game was close at the half, with the Bulldogs holding a 31-30 edge. But the Cardinals outscored their hosts 44-26 in the second half.

Seventh-seeded girls play Wednesday at districts at Marshfield

The Webb City girls are seeded seventh in the Class 5 District 6 tournament, which will get underway Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Marshfield.

In that opening round, Webb City will play second-seeded West Plains at 7 p.m.

McDonald County (4th seed) and Carl Junction (5th) will meet in the 5:30 game.

Marshfield is the top seed. Other teams are Branson (3rd), Hillcrest (6th), and Parkview (8th).

At Carl Junction Monday, the Cardinals climbed back after trailing 29-12 at the half by outscoring the Bulldogs 15-12 in both the third and fourth quarters but lost 53-42.

Senior Malorie Stanley led Webb City with 13 points. Whitlee Keith added 9. She and Abby Sargeant both had 6 rebounds.

Kylie Scott and Dezi Williams led the Bulldogs, with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

The 10-15 Cardinals will conclude their regular season Thursday at Neosho.

Barron Duda

Omari Jackson and Eli Pace speed away after turning over the ball against Nixa.

The ball, players and the crowd are on edge.