Wildcats win season opener

Thursday, December 1, 2005
Jumper was on target: Brian Elkins hits this jumper during last Tuesday night's home opening victory over Southwest. Elkins was Cassville's high scorer with 22 points. Democrat Photo

The Cassville Wildcats opened the 2005-06 basketball season last Tuesday with a convincing 59-43 win over the visiting Southwest Trojans.

Junior Brian Elkins had a big night, scoring 22 points and pulling down nine rebounds to lead his team in both categories. Kelby Haynes, a sophomore, also scored in double digits with 13 points.

Other Wildcats adding to the point total were: Scott Fitzpatrick and Tim Orrell with 6 each; Brett Buchanan 5; Cody Ricklefs 4; and Chris Born 3.

Defensive leaders were Elkins as well as Bishop and Fitzpatrick with seven rebounds each and Haynes with six.

In the junior varsity contest, the Wildcats dominated 54-16.

Ryan Schlichtman led all scorers with 17 points in the contest. Others contributing to Cassville's offense were: Dannon Rose 12, Clint Reed 10, Marcus Hitchcock 6; Jody Cavness 5; and Born 4.

Leaders on the boards were Born with seven rebounds, Rose with four and Schlichtman and Hitchcock with three each.

"I thought the JV and varsity played well considering the circumstances with practices we have been able to get in with the entire group," said new Head Coach Randy Robertson.

On Monday, the Wildcat varsity squad squared off against the Republic Tigers in the opening round of the Republic Tournament. Cassville fell to the hosts 49-74.

Elkins tallied 15 points, six rebounds and one assist in the contest while Kyle Bishop had 10 points and three rebounds.

Haynes was credited with 6 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Ricklefs had 5 points, two rebounds and three assists.

Other point-getters were Orrell and Fitzpatrick with 4 points each, Buchanan with 3 and Born with 2. Fitzpatrick was credited with four rebounds while Buchanan pulled down three.

"Republic showed us several weaknesses that we need to work on," said Robertson.

At presstime, the Wildcats were battling Springfield Central in the second round of tournament play at Republic.

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