ANDERSON — Once upon a time, only a couple seasons ago, the short-lived Big 8 Conference rivals Carl Junction Lady Bulldogs and the McDonald County Lady Mustangs battled for a conference title in the final game of the regular season, playing on McDonald County’s court.

ANDERSON — Once upon a time, only a couple seasons ago, the short-lived Big 8 Conference rivals Carl Junction Lady Bulldogs and the McDonald County Lady Mustangs battled for a conference title in the final game of the regular season, playing on McDonald County’s court.
Carl Junction and McDonald County then met again for the Class 4, District 12 title at Webb City.
The first game went to Carl Junction and the second to McDonald County, earning the Lady Mustangs a spot in the Class 4 sectionals.
Since then, times have been tough for McDonald County, who lost its top players (Preslea Reece and Coley Ickes, both playing college basketball now, Reece at NAIA John Brown and Ickes at Crowder) to graduation. Meanwhile, Carl Junction graduated Brenlee McPherson (now at Pittsburg State), but reloaded each and every year under head coach Brad Shorter.
Carl Junction, fresh off clinching a Central Ozark Conference Large title during its first season in the conference, finished its regular season on a winning note with a 52-25 win Thursday over McDonald County, as the Lady Mustangs struggled against the Lady Bulldogs’ stalwart defense.
Carl Junction senior Alex Vogt went off in the first three quarters, scoring a game-high 21 points, a number eight points more than what the entire McDonald County team generated after three quarters.
Megan Scott added 11 points, while Emma Frack and Katie Scott had eight and six, respectively.
Maegan Mills led McDonald County with six points, all coming on a pair of 3-point shots in the anticlimactic fourth quarter. Ragan Wilson and Madison Hall each had five, while Tricia Wattman and Caitlyn Sedillos — McDonald County’s seniors — each had four points.
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McDonald County finished the regular season 7-18, with losses in six consecutive games and the Lady Mustangs able to generate more than 40 points in one of the six. McDonald County, host of the Class 4, District 10 tournament, opens Monday against Aurora at 7:30 p.m., with the winner earning the prize of staying alive but facing top seed Carl Junction.
Carl Junction heads into the postseason 23-2 and winners of 11 straight games since a 47-44 loss to East Central in the Pittsburg (Kansas) Border Classic. The Lady Bulldogs are the prohibitive favorites to win districts and reach sectionals.