On Tuesday, Cassville travelled to Reeds Spring. This was a game that the Wildcats had control of from the start. They led throughout the contest and eventually secured a 49-42 victory.
Brian Elkins led the team as he scored 17 points and shot 46 percent from the floor, 50 percent from behind the arc and 75 percent from the free-throw line. He also grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out four assists, and tallied five steals.
Tim Orrell, who demonstrated 100 percent free throw shooting, was credited with 9 points and one rebound in the win.
Other notables included: Kelby Haynes, who shot 80 percent from the floor, with 8 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal; Scott Fitzpatrick with 6 points, three rebounds and two steal; Brett Buchanan with 5 points, three rebounds, two assists and four steals; Cody Ricklefs with 3 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals; and Chris Born with 1 point and three rebounds.
The Cassville Wildcats opened Big 8 Conference play on Friday night, playing host to the Aurora Houn' Dawgs. This game came down to the final seconds, and after a made free throw, the Wildcats walked out with a 52-51 loss. Both teams were even at 22-22 at the end of
the first half. The Wildcats outscored Aurora 15-11 in the third but the Houn's came back in the final stanza to outscore Cassville 19-14 and pick up the narrow margin of victory.
Elkins had 18 points, two assists, six rebounds and five steals in the loss. He was followed by Orrell, who had 15 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. The sophomore made three big treys in the second half of the game to spark the Wildcats' offense.
Fitzpatrick contributed 5 points, eight rebounds and one steal, and Ricklefs added four points, six rebounds and two assists.
Haynes tallied 4 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal, Born had 3 points and one rebound, and Buchanan was credited with 2 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal.
The Wildcats continue Big 8 play on Friday when they host Lamar at home for Tip-Off. The Wildcats then enter tournament play at the always competitive Carl Junction Tournament.
The varsity Wildcats, seeded third in the tournament, will play East Newton, the #6 seed, at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19.