CHS basketball squads have up and down week
The Cassville Wildcats won an exciting game over a top-ranked Diamond team and also suffered a loss to a talented squad from Branson this week.
On Dec. 13, the Cassville Wildcats faced off against Branson at home. The Wildcats were unable to stay close in the match, trailing 17-8 at the end of the first quarter and 30-14 at the half. Branson would go on to win by a final score of 51-29.
Kelby Haynes led the Wildcats in scoring with 11 points. Brian Elkins followed him with 9, Brett Buchanan with 6, and Chris Born with 2.
On Friday, the Wildcats traveled to Diamond and took home a 58-49 victory, giving Diamond its first loss of the season.
The game was an exciting one to watch with the teams tied 26-26 at the half. The Wildcats came out strong in the third quarter, holding Diamond to 8 points while scoring 16.
Elkins led the team with 23 points and was followed by Buchanan with 12. Haynes was next with 9 while Scott Fitzpatrick contributed 6, Cody Ricklefs 5, Born 2 and Clint Reed with 1. Elkins made three three-pointers and Haynes and Ricklefs also added one trey each.
With the win, Cassville improved to 3-4 on the young season. The Wildcats will be participating in the Southwest Tournament, which will be held Dec. 26 through Dec. 29.
The Cassville Ladycats suffered a loss this week to Aurora on Dec. 15.
Cassville had opportunities to win but eventually fell to their hosts 42-36 down the stretch.
Heading into the half-time locker room, the Ladycats trailed 22-18. In the third, Cassville took over the lead and were ahead 30-28 going into the final stanza. Cassville could not hold onto the win and were forced to send the Lady Houn's to the line in the final minutes of the game. On the night, Brittany Vollenweider led the team with 16 points. Jessica Mitchell and Gabby LeCompte contributed 6 points each while, Abby Munoz tallied four and Julie Cupps added 2.
The Ladycats will play in the Walnut Grove Tournament Dec. 26 - 30.