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Big third quarter lifts Carl Junction 12/22/21

Big third quarter lifts Carl Junction 

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 

 

Alma had two 28-point quarters Saturday against Carl Junction, Mo. on the final day of the Mustang Classic. 

 

Unfortunately, getting outscored, 27-8, in the third quarter proved too much to overcome as the Airedales fell to the Bulldogs, 84-79. Alma has lost five in a row, three of those by five points or less. 

 

Alma (2-6) will host Subiaco Academy Dec. 28 at 4 p.m. 

 

“We’ve got three days of practice coming up this week going into the Subiaco game,” Lincoln said. “We’ve got three more (non-conference) games, Subiaco and two games in the Sheridan Tournament, to get us ready for the conference. We’ve got a little bit more time to get us ready for our real season, so we can’t waste this (practice) time.”

 

The Airedales open 7A-West play Jan. 7 against Vilonia. Alma’s tough non=conference schedule notwithstanding, the Airedales have had some opportunities. 

 

They led Carl Junction, 43-35, at the half in Saturday’s game, only to fall behind by as many as 17 points (68-51) in the final quarter. 

 

The Airedales actually outrebounded the Bulldogs, 33-32, and had three fewer turnovers (16 less than in Friday’s 76-42 loss to McDonald County). Alma also shot 83 percent from the foul line (20-of-24), compared to Carl Junction’s 12-for-26 effort. 

 

But Carl Junction shot a blistering 58.9 percent from the floor. 

 

Alma’s field goal percentage was 39 percent for the game.

 

“I was proud of the effort for the most part,” Lincoln said. “What we want to do is play to a standard and pride for our program. I thought we did that for the most part; we just didn’t finish. We’ve got to capitalize on our opportunities.”

 

Saturday’s game included crazy scoring runs. The Airedales fell behind 19-9 before going on a 32-12 spurt to grab a 41-31 lead. 

 

But Carl Junction took control with a 33-8 burst to start the second half. 

 

Seniors Logan Taylor and Hunter Mcalister combined for 36 points, with Taylor scoring a season-high 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting (5-for-13 from the 3-point line). He also had three steals and a team-high four assists. 

 

Mcalister added 12 rebounds, four steals, and three assists. 

 

Junior Matthew Schlegel added a career-high 13 points and six boards, and Stewart George, who celebrated his 18th birthday Saturday, finished with a season-high 11 points. He was 7-for-8 from the foul line.