Johnson County Westside coach Shannon McBee had already seen Mountainburg’s Lonnie Campbell play prior to Friday. Then with three minutes in third quarter, he leaned over to assistant Steve Golden and admitted he wasn’t sure if the Rebels could stop him.
He was right.
Campbell scored 12 of his 27 points in the third quarter and the Dragons beat Westside 67-58 in 2A-4 play.
"That’s the first time our team has seen him play," McBee said. "I knew he was the real deal coming up and we did a pretty good job on him in the first half. He’s just real extremely hard to guard."
Westside (4-2, 1-2) had closed to within two at 37-35 with 6:23 to play when Campbell got busy.
Campbell scored 10 of Mountainburg’s next 13 points to help break open a tight game and give the Dragons something they’re not accustomed to — a little cushion in the third quarter.
"Third quarters have been tough on us," Mountainburg coach Michael McDonald said. "We’ve tried to convince Lonnie if he can just be a distributor. It makes it a lot easier on him. He wants to score, but every team is focused on him."
Campbell also also finished with 16 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots.
"We had a slump there where they started coming back," Campbell said. "But other than that, we sort of ran off with it."
Campbell started the Dragons’ 19-8 run to close third by weaving past two defenders for a layup and a 39-35 lead. He hit a 3-pointer on the Dragons’ next possessions and he fed Trey Allen with a nice pass for a 44-36 lead with 5:01 to go in the quarter.
Campbell hit another 3 and a put-back that extended the lead to 50-36.
Mountainburg (4-9, 2-1) eventually led by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter before the Rebels began to chip away. Dylan McBee, who hit four 3-pointers in the first half, finished with 15 points to lead Westside.
"We’re a work in progress but I’m proud of our teamwork and we’re going to work to get better," Shannon McBee said. "I’ve coached for a long time and I’ve never had this many games canceled at this point of the season."
Mountainburg 46, Westside 34 (Women’s)
Mountainburg started Friday’s game like it was going to run off and hide.
But playing for the first time in nearly three weeks, the Lady Dragons hit a wall late in the first quarter. By that point, however, a 19-point deficit was too difficult for Westside to overcome.
The Mountainburg trio of Auburn Peters, Tara Webb and Kaylyn Moore combined for 44 points as the Lady Dragons (13-2, 3-0) shook off scrappy Westside.
"We came out firing on all cylinders," Mountainburg coach Dan Garringer said. "We got a little tired because we’re not in game shape. We let up on the defensive end, and we gave (Delanie Hurt) a couple of clean looks and she made them. Plus, that’s a good little bunch over there."
Webb and Moore led with 15 points each, while Peters added 14.
Mountainburg led 19-0 before Marlee Stepp drained a 22-foot 3-pointer with 3:02 left in the first quarter. From that point on, the Lady Rebels (7-7, 2-1) found another gear.
Stepp’s basket and two more 3s from Hurt helped Westside close to within five at 37-32 with 1:04 to play in the third quarter.
"There was a four-point swing twice and a six-point swing, where they went down and score, and if we could have finished those we could have cut into that lead," Johnson County Westside coach Steve Golden said. "I was proud, we played right with them for three quarters."