Eli Pace

Nixa game

Cardinals travel to Pembroke Hill for district opener against Belton

The Webb City boys basketball team enters the Class 5 District 7 district tournament Thursday at Pembroke Hill School.

Webb City, seeded third, will play sixth-seeded Belton at 8 p.m., with the winner advancing to the semifinal round at 7 p.m. Saturday. The district final will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Other opening-round games pit No. 1 Grandview against Hogan Prep (8); Rayton South (4) against Pembroke Hill (5), and Raytown (2) vs. Carl Junction (7).

The Cardinals finished their regular season last week with three wins. They take a 20-6 record into districts. Two of last week’s wins, against Carl Junction and Neosho, brought their Central Ozark Conference record up to 8-1, which puts Webb City in second place behind Nixa.

According to stats keeper Tim Workman, that’s the best conference record Webb City has had since joining the COC. It’s also the first time the Cardinals have won 20 regular-season games since 2016-17.

Barron Duda exceeded 1,000 career points Thursday as he scored 29 points to lead the Cardinals to a 75-54 victory over East Newton in the Cardinal Dome.

At Neosho Friday, Duda and Eli Pace both scored 21 points. Holton Keith and Omari Jackson added 17 and 13 points, respectively.

Girls’ season ends with district loss at Marshfield

The Webb City girls ended their season Wednesday with a 57-34 loss to West Plains in the Class 5 District 6 tournament at Marshfield.

Webb City was the seventh seed, while West Plains was the second seed behind No. 1 Marshfield.

Addie Burns led the Cardinals in scoring, with 13. West Plains only had a 6-point lead at the half, but the Zizzers’ Allyssa Joyner, an all-state pick last year, took over in the second half, scoring a total 27 points.

The Cardinals end the season with an 11-16 record.

Graduating from the program are seniors Mia Robbins and Malorie Stanley.