Wildcat JV win tournament championship
The Cassville JV boys are enjoying a good couple of weeks, winning five straight ball games and claiming a first place finish in the Carl Junction Tournament.
Against a solid Mt. Vernon squad, the young 'Cats held on for a victory by the score of 45-34 on Jan. 1. The Wildcats came out on fire in the first half, with Clint Reed hitting 12 points while not missing a shot.
Despite a lull in the third quarter, Cassville's defensive pressure, also with a strong fourth quarter, led the way to a victory. Scoring: Reed 16, Chris Born 3, Cory Howard 8, Ryan Schlichtman 8, Marcus Hitchcock 2 and Dannon Rose 8.
Next came a match-up at home against Lamar on Jan. 13. A lethargic first half led to a big third quarter as the 'Cats put 23 points on the Tigers in the frame.
Cassville finished the game strong and came out with a 54-36 victory. Scoring: Jody Cavness 6, Reed 7, Born 2, Howard 18, Schlichtman 6, Hitchcock 8 and Rose 7.
The Carl Junction Tournament was next on the schedule, and Cassville played well for three nights in a row.
The round one match-up against East Newton was won by a score of 64-48. Scoring for this game was provided by Cavness 7, Reed 10, Caleb Beuterbaugh 2, Howard 10, Ethan Couch 6, Schlichtman 8, Hitchcock 9 and Rose 12.
The second round saw the young 'Cats face county rival Monett. This was a tough defensive battle. A strong fourth quarter lifted Cassville to a 38-26 victory. Scoring: Cavness 4, Reed 10, Howard 7, Schlichtman 10, Hitchcock 2 and Rose 5.
The championship game pitted the Wildcats against an athletic Carthage team. This was a back-and-forth game, as the teams both exchanged seven-point leads throughout the evening. The fourth quarter began with an even game tied at 28.
The final frame belonged to Cassville, as they outscored Carthage 11-5 in the quarter and hit some big free throws down the stretch. The final score was 39-33.
Scoring: Cavness 2, Reed 6, Howard 14, Hitchcock 4 and Rose 13. Schlichtman, Couch and Beuterbaugh provided some great defensive pressure and rebounding on the night.
The JV record now stands at 10-2 with some tough conference games ahead on the schedule. The young Wildcats are coached by Jeremy Faubion.