A-J defeats Carterville

Emma Basler and Chandra Parr had 15 points apiece to lead Anna-Jonesboro to a 53-40 win over visiting Carterville in nonconference high school girls’ basketball Saturday, Jan. 16.

Basler made a pair of 3-pointers and Parr put in one.

Jesse Stone added 8 points for the Lady Wildcats. Destiny Dillow and Valerie Pender had 7 points apiece and Rachel Hayden 1.

Kelsea Ashton, whose father Cody was a former A-J athlete before moving to Carterville, led the Lady Lions with 15 points, including three 3-pointers.

Basler opened the game with a 3-pointer as the Lady Wildcats built a 6-0 advantage and were ahead 18-13 at the end of one quarter. The Lady Lions fought back to pull to 28-21 at the half.

A-J led 33-27 headed into the final period. Carterville pulled to 35-34 early in the final quarter and were outscored 18-6 the rest of the way as the Lady Wildcats held off the late come-from-behind bid.

A-J improved to 7-13 overall.

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