The Wildcats were behind at half time, 15-13, but in the third put up 13 to 10 to put them up 26-25. Then in the fourth, they outscored East Newton 18-15.
"East Newton plays very good defense and does a nice job of controlling the tempo of a game. We responded to both of those things very well and came out with a win," commented head coach Randy Robertson.
Brian Elkins led the Wildcats with 14 points. Kelby Haynes, who had 13 points, followed him. Cody Ricklefs was next with nine, Brett Buchanan was next with four, and Chris Born and Scott Fitzpatrick finished with two. Haynes was the only player to hit a three-pointer for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats began tournament play on Monday. They are participating in the Southwest Tournament through Thursday and then they will play Reeds Spring at Reeds Spring on the Jan. 3.
"We are seeded fourth in the Southwest Holiday Tournament. Two of the teams seeded above us are from Arkansas and we really don't know too much about them," commented coach Robertson.
The Cassville Ladycats also played last Tuesday at home against Reeds Spring. The game came to the final four seconds and Reeds Spring would wind up winning with a put back to put the score at 39-37. With the loss, the Ladycats fell to 5-5 on the year.
At the end of the first, Cassville was up by two, 8-6, but Reeds Spring came into the second and shut down Cassville as they outscored them 14 to eight to take a 20-16 lead. Then in the third, the tables were turned as Cassville shut down Reeds Spring, outscoring them 15 to eight to take a 31-28 lead, but Reeds Spring would score 11 to a Cassville six in the fourth.
Juli Cupps and Abby Munoz led the team with 11 points. Brittney
Vollenwieder followed them with eight, Gabby LeCompte with five, and Jessie Gripka with two. LeCompte was the only Ladycat to make a basket from three-point range.
the Ladycats are participating in the Walnut Grove Tournament this week. After that they will open play in the new year on Jan. 6 against Billings at home.