Coming into the first contest, Cassville had a record of 1-3 but had played some good games. East Newton was 4-0 and building momentum.
In summer league these teams had met before and Cassville had lost each one of those games, but all by less then three points. Both teams started out well, scoring 16 in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Patriots took an early advantage but the Wildcats caught right back up, leaving the score tied 27-27 at the half. East Newton started strong again in the third quarter, but Cassville surged back and trailed only 38-36 going into the final quarter. In the end, East Newton prevailed 58-46.
The Wildcats had some trouble shooting the ball and made only 35 percent of their shots. To make things worse, East Newton had a great night, hitting 50 percent of all their shots and 55 percent from behind the three-point arc.
Cassville did record some positives. As a team, the Wildcats shot 82 percent from the free-throw line, something that they had been struggling with, and did a marvelous job of rebounding, tallying 32 rebounds as a team to the Patriots' 26.
Individually, senior Tim Orrell and junior Kelby Haynes led the scoring with 18 and 14 points respectively. Orrell also shot perfect from the free-throw line (4-4). Haynes also led the team in rebounding with nine and also had five assists. Dannon Rose led all steals with two.
The Cassville junior varsity also got beat by the Patriots 45-28. Blaine Hobbs led all scorers with 9 points.
On Friday night, the Wildcats played their first home game of the season against Blue Eye. The Bulldogs seemed to almost fall into the overlooked category, as they came in at 1-3, but they showed gumption and just couldn't quite pull off the upset.
Blue Eye started well, leading the 'Cats 9-6 after one quarter of play. Then Cassville would play close through the next two quarters, leaving the score at 31-28 after the third in Blue Eye's favor. Finally in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats prevailed against this scrappy team by a narrow 37-35 margin.
Cassville's biggest problem on the night was missed shots as they only shot 38 percent from the field. The Wildcats did hit 43 percent of their shots from beyond the arc and 86 percent of them from the line.
Orrell made some important contributions on the night with 15 points and three assists. Haynes did not have his usual good shooting night but did grab nine rebounds for the Wildcats as well as two steals. Ryan Schlichtman also helped the 'Cats, shooting 50 percent from the field, and tallying 8 points. Clint Reed also contributed 8 points in the win.
The Wildcat JV team defeated Blue Eye by a score of 48-36. Both Hobbs and Cory Howard scored 17 points, and Hobbs also had an impressive six steals.
The Wildcats (2-4) host Carthage on Friday night. Carthage, Dec. 15. The Tigers are 1-3 on the season and average 43 points per game.