Wildcats end tourney with win vs. Neosho

Thursday, December 8, 2005

The Cassville Wildcats finished out their play in the Republic Tournament with a win over Neosho on Friday. It was a close game throughout with Cassville claiming the final 52-50 victory.

At the end of the first period, Neosho had the lead with a score of 13-10, but Cassville grabbed the lead at half with a score of 28-26. At the end of the third period, Cassville was ahead 43-35, but Neosho rallied to outscore Cassville 15-9 in the fourth period although it was not enough for a win.

Cassville was led by Brian Elkins who scored 20 points and tallied two assists, five steals and 10 rebounds. He had a field goal percentage of 53 percent and a free throw percentage of 80 percent.

Other notables included: Kelby Haynes who had 8 points, five rebounds and three steals; Tim Orrell, 7 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals; Scott Fitzpatrick, 6 points, two steals, four assists and six rebounds; Cody Ricklefs, 6 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal; and Brett Buchanan, 4 points, one assist, one steal and five rebounds.

As a team, Cassville shot 42 percent from behind the arc, 52 percent from the floor and 64 percent at the line. The team combined for 35 rebounds, 10 assists and 17 steals.

Last Wednesday, the Cassville Wildcats faced off against Central Bulldogs and lost 55-38.

In the first and second quarter, it looked like it would be a close game with the score at 26-20 in Central's favor going into the half-time locker room. The Bulldogs pulled away in the final stanza, only allowing the 'Cats to score 8 points in the fourth quarter.

Elkins again led the team, accumulating 19 points, one steal and 16 rebounds. Fitzpatrick also had a good game with 5 points, four rebounds and one steal. Haynes was credited with 5 points, seven rebounds, and one assist, and Buchanan had 5 points, two rebounds and one assist.

Ricklefs and Orrell each added two points to the Wildcat point total while also providing four and five rebounds respectively.

The Wildcats' early season record now stands at 2-2. On Friday, Cassville travels to Blue Eye for a regular season game, and on Tuesday, the Wildcats will play host to Branson.

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