Feb. 12—WEBB CITY, Mo. — The Joplin Eagles girls basketball team started out slow in Monday's game against Webb City in the Cardinal Dome, then tried to rally in the fourth quarter, only to fall short in a 55-46 Cardinals win.
Joplin's Ashley Phillips hit six 3-point shots for her team-high 18 points, including four in the fourth quarter when Joplin outscored Webb City 21-13.
But Webb City's Mallory keyed the Cardinals' fast start with 9 points in the first quarter and helped hold off the Eagles rally with 7 more of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Webb City jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first half of the first quarter before Joplin rallied for a 10-2 run to pull with in 3 points at 15-12 at the start of the second quarter.
The teams traded shots and Webb City was clinging to a 20-17 lead until about a minute and a half left in the second quarter when Webb scored 4 unanswered points to take a 24-17 lead into the locker room.
Webb City dominated the third quarter, outscoring Joplin 18-1 and building a 42-25 lead, but Joplin had one last rally in the final frame.
The Eagles scored the first 5 points in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 42-30 with 7:13 left in the game.
Then the Eagles outscored the Cardinals 8-4 in the next minute and a half to pull to within 46-38 with 4:45 left in the game.
Webb City outscored Joplin 9-8 in the final four minutes of the game to pull out the 55-46 win.
In addition to Malorie Stanley's 22 points for Webb City, Abby Sargent scored 13 points, Whitlee Keith scored 8 points, and Kirra Long and Addie Burns scored 6 points each.
Joplin was led by Phillips' 18 points, followed by Allis Owens and Aiyanna Kroll with 8 points each, Bailey Owens with 6 points, and Solei Parker and Ava Wolf with 3 points each.
The Eagles fall to 5-18 on the season and 0-8 in the conference while Webb City moves to 8-10 and 4-2 in the Central Ozark Conference.
Joplin's next game will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Branson, while Webb City will play at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Carl Junction.