This past week, the Cassville Wildcats lost two Big 8 Conference games, falling to Mt. Vernon 40-48 and losing to Lamar 58-65 in overtime.
Against Mt. Vernon, Cassville played strong against a talented Mountaineer squad. The Wildcats were able to limit Mt. Vernon's leading scorer, Tomas Brock, to only 10 points.
The Wildcats were led by Brian Elkins who shot 50 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the line for a total of 13 points. Elkins was also credited with one assist, eight rebounds and two steals.
Tim Orrell contributed 8 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal, and Cody Ricklefs added 7 points, one rebound, four assists and four steals. Kelby Haynes also tallied 7 points along with five rebounds and two steals. Other notables were Chris Born with 3 points, and Brett Buchanan with 2 points.
After the loss, the Wildcats looked to turn things around with a win at home against Lamar, but it wouldn't work out as the game went into overtime and Lamar walked away the victor with a final score of 65-58.
The Wildcats outscored Lamar 21-19 in the first quarter but then were outscored 19-7 in the second to enter the half-time locker room trailing 29-38. The Wildcats fought back to outscore the Tigers 23-13 in the second half and the game was tied 51-51 at the end of regulation play. In overtime, the 'Cats were outscored 14-7.
The Wildcat point leader was Elkins with 26 points. He also had four rebounds and two steals. Ricklefs was next in line with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals. Haynes was credited with 6 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal while Orrell tallied 5 points, two rebounds and three steals.
Others contributing to the Wildcat effort were: Scott Fitzpatrick with 3 points, 11 rebounds and two assists; Buchanan with 2 points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals; and Born with three rebounds, one assist and one steal.
The Wildcats will be participating in the Carl Junction Tournament this weekend. Cassville, seeded third in the tournament, will play sixth-seeded East Newton at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday. If the Wildcats win, they play the winner of the Monett-Seneca game at 8:45 p.m. on Friday.