The Cassville Wildcats won one and lost one this week, defeating the McDonald County Mustangs 60-50 last Tuesday and then falling to Hollister 53-72 on the road.
Against the Mustangs, the Wildcats started and finished well. The team came out of the gates and took on a 6-0 lead and throughout the game played extremely well.
The Wildcats outscored McDonald County 31-21 at the end of the first half and both teams finished the second half with 29 points, giving the Wildcats a 60-50 win.
"It was nice to get the win at home against McDonald County," said Coach Randy Robertson. "The kids shot pretty well and hit free throws at the end to finish the game."
Brian Elkins scored 23 points to lead the Wildcats. He shot 56 percent from the floor and 100 percent from the free throw line. He also tallied six rebounds, two assists and five steals. Tim Orrell, another Wildcat junior, contributed 14 points, two assists, three rebounds and three steals in the win.
Senior Brett Buchanan enjoyed 100 percent shooting on the night, going three-for-three from the floor and four-for-four from the charity stripe for 11 points. He was also credited with three rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Other top contributors were: Cody Ricklefs with 9 points, five rebounds and four steals; Scott Fitzpatrick with 3 points and four rebounds; Chris Born with one rebound; and Kelby Haynes with six rebounds and two assists.
Fitzpatrick's one basket of the game was a highlight reel basket as he barely tapped the ball back up after a missed shot from a teammate and it fell slowly into the basket. It was one that could be called SportsCenter
At Hollister, the Wildcats started well, outscoring the Tigers 14-13 in the first quarter. Hollister then turned it up a notch in the second quarter and outscored Cassville 25-12, giving Hollister them a 38-26 lead going into the half-time locker room.
In the third quarter, the Wildcats again outscored the Tigers to lessen Hollister's lead to 53-42. But that's as close as the Wildcats would get. In the end, Hollister was able to claim a 72-53 victory.
"We made too many mistakes against Hollister," said Coach Robertson. "They took advantage of our mistakes and simply played harder than we did."
The Wildcats were again led in scoring by Elkins who had 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal. Haynes also had a strong game with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Orrell added 8 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal, and Ricklefs had 4 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal. Others who contributed were: Buchanan, 4 points and two rebounds; Fitzpatrick, 4 points and three rebounds; Ryan Schlichtman, one assist; and Dannon Rose, one rebound.
This Friday, the Wildcats travel to East Newton to play the Patriots and then finish up the regular season with a game at Monett on Feb. 14 and a final home game against Seneca on Feb. 17.
"The East Newton game on Friday will be the third time we have played them this year," said Robertson. "Each of us have won a game. They seem to be improving and we will have to play well to win.
"The Monett game is on the road, and they have had a fairly successful season," added Robertson. "We need to play very well to win this game."