Ladycats end season in district semi-finals
The Cassville Ladycats ended the 2005-06 season with a loss to Aurora in the semi-final round of the district tournament.
In the opening round of district play, Cassville faced off against Reeds Spring and dominated the Lady Wolves 52-32.
Abby Munoz led the Ladycats with 18 points and six rebounds. Julie Cupps followed Munoz with 14 points, Brittany Vollenweider finished with 9 points and 12 rebounds, Gabby LeCompte added 8 points, and Jessie Gripka contributed 3.
With the win, Cassville advanced to play Big 8 foe Aurora. The Ladycats rallied after a sluggish first half and outscored the Lady Houn's 20-18 in the second half but it was not enough to gain ground on Aurora who ended up winning 38-29.
None of the Ladycats were able to reach double-digit scoring. Cupps led the team with 9 points followed by Gripka and Vollenweider with 7 each, Munoz with 4 and LeCompte with 2. Brittney Wilbanks also saw valuable playing time during both district games.
"I am really proud of how our kids finished the season," said Coach Chris Shore. "We played good team basketball and played harder than we had all season."
The Ladycats finished the year 11-16 overall and 3-4 in the Big 8 Conference, which tied them for third.
A pair of Ladycat players earned All-Big 8 Conference honors.
Cupps, a junior, was named to the All-Big 8 first team and Vollenweider, a sophomore, garnered second team honors.
"It's quite an honor and a pretty big deal for both of them," said Shore.
Cupps, a guard, averaged just over 16 points per game and shot 74 percent from the free throw line. She also tallied 37 three-pointers and 61 steals this season.
Vollenweider, at post, averaged just under 10 points and six and a half rebounds per game this year. She also was a 56 percent shooter from the floor.
"Both Julie and Brittany were just really consistent all year, one from the perimeter and one from the inside, and the coaches rewarded them for it," added Shore.