This past Friday, the Cassville Wildcats played Blue Eye, at Blue Eye. This was a game that many would say wasn't even close from the beginning.
Blue Eye outscored the Wildcats 31-19 in the first half to create a hard hurdle for Cassville to overcome. The Wildcats were unable to make up the difference with both teams scoring 29 points in the second half to give Blue Eye a 60-48 victory.
"This was a game we had hoped to compete more in," said Coach Randy Robertson. "We played even in the second quarter, won the fourth quarter, but the first and third quarters, we were outplayed."
For the game, Brian Elkins led the team as he scored 18 points, had two steals and six rebounds. He shot 72 percent from the floor, 33 percent from behind the arc, and 33 percent from the free throw line.
Elkins was followed by Brett Buchanan who contributed 10 points. The senior was also credited with one steal and three rebounds.
Other Cassville point leaders were Kelby Haynes with 9 points and Cody Ricklefs with 6. Haynes also provided an impressive 17 rebounds. Ricklefs tallied one assist, three steals and three rebounds.
Scott Fitzpatrick shot 50 percent from the floor, scoring 4 points. He also had one assist, one steal and three rebounds. Chris Born scored 1 point and had one assist and one block. Tim Orrell was credited with two rebounds in the game.
Since this article was written, Cassville played Branson on Tuesday.
"I watched Branson play Hollister last Tuesday at Branson," said Coach Robertson. "Hollister had them beat for 30 minutes and lost the game in the last two minutes. They have some size that may give us some trouble."
The Wildcats travel to Diamond on Friday for a non-conference match-up.
"I have not had the opportunity to see Diamond play yet this year," said Robertson. "I know they have the Hoyer kid who has been scoring several points for them. I coached his dad when I was at Diamond and he led me in scoring for two years so I guess it is in his blood.
"We will have to play well against both of these teams to be successful," added Robertson.
The Cassville Wildcat junior varsity squad opened their season by hosting Southwest. After a slow beginning, the young 'Cats finally started playing well in the third quarter.
A full court press led to some easy baskets, and Cassville began pulling away. The 'Cats had a very good defensive effort on the evening. The final score was 54-16.
Scoring for the Wildcats were: Jody Cavness 5, Clint Reed 10, Chris Born 4, Ryan Schlichtman 17, Marcus Hitchcock 6 and Dannon Rose 12.
After a long lay-off, the JV squad traveled to Blue Eye last Friday. This game was a little sloppier than the first. Blue Eye's zone gave the Wildcats trouble for a while, and cold shooting also hampered Cassville. The Wildcats, however, did play some solid defense. Cassville was able to hold on for a victory, winning by the score of 42-28.
Scoring for the Wildcats: Cavness 5, Reed 9, Born 2, Schlichtman 11, Hitchcock 6 and Rose 9. Caleb Beuterbaugh also played some strong minutes on the evening.