Cupps sparks Ladycat squad

Thursday, January 5, 2006
Good shot Julie Cupps continues to lead the Ladycat basketball squad by posting huge point totals in the past four games. The junior guard scored 29 points in Monday night's game against Billings. Democrat Photo

Last Monday, the Cassville Ladycats began play in the Walnut Grove Invitational Tournament. The Ladycats finished the tournament placing seventh.

Cassville opened tournament play against Fordland. The two teams were tied at the end of regulation play, forcing an overtime period. It was there that Fordland would take the win by a final score of 60-58.

Julie Cupps led the team with 28 points. Gabby LeCompte and Abby Munoz followed her with 10 points each. Brittany Vollenweider added 6, and Jessie Gripka tallied 4.

After the loss, the Ladycats looked to rebound and take home a win, but they would again fall in overtime, this time to Monett by a final score of 57-50.

Cupps again led the team with 25 points. Others adding to the point total were Vollenweider

with 12 points, LeCompte with 7, Gripka with 4 and Munoz with 2.

Cassville turned things around in the seventh place game, dominating Forsyth 60-38.

Cupps again had a phenomenal game, scoring 24 points. Vollenweider also scored in double digits with 14 points. Gripka was credited with 8 points while Munoz added 6, LeCompte 4 and Brittney Wilbanks and Brittney Gatley 2 points each.

"Our team is improving each game, and I am proud of their efforts in this tourney," said Head Coach Chris Shore.

For the tournament, Cupps tallied 77 points and Vollenweider posted 32 points. LeCompte had a tournament total of 21 points followed by Munoz with 18 and Gripka with 16.

The Ladycats play Blue Eye this Thursday at 6 p.m. and then travel to Mt. Vernon on Jan. 12. An additional game has been added to the Ladycat schedule, according to Terry Jamieson, CHS athletic director. On Jan. 17, the Cassville girls will play host to East Newton.

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