Against Blue Eye, the Cassville Wildcats stayed close all game. At the end of the first half, Cassville trailed 21-24. In the third quarter, the Wildcats came on strong, outscoring Blue Eye 12-9. In the final stanza, Cassville scored 11 points to Blue Eye's 12.
The game came down to the final seconds as Blue Eye was up 45-44. The Wildcats fouled Blue Eye, sending them to the line and the shot missed. Brian Elkins got the rebound and sprinted down the floor. He shot a quick three-pointer and missed.
Blue Eye got the rebound, forcing the Wildcats to foul again, sending another Blue Eye player to the line. That player also missed his free throw, and Cody Ricklefs grabbed the rebound. Ricklefs raced down the floor and as time expired threw ball up in desperation at the half court line. The shot was no good and the Wildcats fell 44-45.
The Wildcats were led in scoring by Elkins who tallied 14 points. He also was credited with 10 rebounds and two steals. Tim Orrell had 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Brett Buchanan had 8 points, two rebounds, one assist, and two steals.
Ricklefs contributed 5 points, four rebounds, four assists and six steals, Kelby Haynes had 3 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal, and Scott Fitzpatrick had 2 points, three rebounds and one steal. Chris Born had one steal in the game, and Clint Reed provided two rebounds and one assist.
After the close loss, the Wildcats were looking to rebound on Friday against the Carl Junction Bulldogs. At half, Cassville trailed 22-33. That differential widened in the third and fourth quarters with the Bulldogs outscoring the Wildcats 42-28 for a 75-50 victory.
Elkins again led the Wildcats with 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Orrell also had a break-out game with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Other notables included: Buchanan with 3 points, four rebounds and one assist; Ricklefs with 3 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal; Fitzpatrick with 2 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal; Born with 2 points, two rebounds and one assist; Haynes with 2 points, four rebounds and one assist; Marcus Hitchcock, 1 point; and Dannon Rose, one rebound.
The Wildcats look to rebound with wins in their next games.
On Friday, Cassville travels to Hollister, and on Feb. 10, the squad is on the road again against East Newton.