Ladycats split games this week

Friday, January 12, 2007
Drawing the foul Senior Julie Cupps drives the ball down court and gets fouled by a Blue Eye player in the process. Cupps scored 15 points in the Ladycats' heartbreaking 34-35 loss to Blue Eye last Thursday. Democrat Photo (b)

The Cassville Ladycats got their last two games out of the way before starting their conference schedule. Cassville faced Billings last Tuesday and Blue Eye at home on Thursday. The Ladycats split the games right down the middle, handling Billings but then losing a heartbreaker at the final buzzer to Blue Eye.

Cassville travelled to Billings on Tuesday with both teams trying to climb back to even in the game. The Ladycats came into the game at 6-7, while Billings boasted a 3-4 record.

The Ladycats jumped on top quickly and scored a highly unusual 21 in the first quarter. This gave them a six-point lead and control of the game. Neither team scored many down the stretch and Cassville lead 44-32 at the end of three quarters. Billings attempted a comeback in the fourth, but the Ladycats put it away, winning 56-48.

Cassville handled the ball very well on the night, turning the ball over only nine times while forcing Billings to commit 15 turnovers.

"We have only played one home game out of the last 14," said Coach Chris Shore, "We are sure glad to be playing several games in our gym and hope to get on a roll."

Julie Cupps had another good game, picking up 15 points and three steals. The two posts, Brittany Vollenweider and Abby Munoz, also had good games with 11 points and 9 points respectively. Both girls also grabbed six rebounds each.

Other scorers were: Jessie Gripka 8, Gabby LeCompte 7, Emily Orrell 4 and Misty Long 2. A huge reason for Billings effort were Alison Bos and Megan Asher who put in 33 points combined.

The junior varsity team beat Billings convincingly 51-11. Hannah Elkins led scoring with 12.

Just two days after their trip to Billings, Cassville played at home against a familiar opponent. The Ladycats had already faced Blue Eye once this year in a semi-final game in the Blue Eye tournament that Blue Eye won in overtime.

The Lady Bulldogs came into the game at 7-2 and looked sharp from the start. After 2 points from both teams, Blue Eye made four unanswered baskets and led by eight. Both teams then went back and forth and the first quarter score was 14-6.

Cassville opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run, but when the half was over, the Ladycats still trailed by 14-20. The third quarter was another defensive battle with the total score just reaching 11 with Blue Eye putting in 6 points to Cassville's 5.

The Ladycats then broke the game open, going on a 13-2 run in the fourth to take the lead. With under a minute to go, Blue Eye whittled the lead to just two and got the ball back. Blue Eye worked their offense waiting for an open shot, and with 10 seconds left in the game, they swung it out to guard and leading scorer, Briana Fugitt, who despite good defense by the Ladycats hit the three from the corner.

A hurried play toward the other end and a prayerful shot would end it for Cassville and the Ladycats lost the heartbreaker 34-35.

As a team, the Ladycats only turned the ball over eight times as compared to forcing the Bulldogs to lose possession 20 times. Cassville also finished with 10 fouls, while Blue Eye had 18.

Individually, Cupps scored 15 and pulled down the team-high four rebounds. Other scorers included: Munoz 9, Vollenweider 7, Gripka 2 and Orrell 1.

The JV girls also lost to Blue Eye 34-22. Elkins led scoring with 12. The young team now moves to 4-1 on the season.

The varsity Ladycats (7-8) will play host the Mt. Vernon Lady Mountaineers on Thursday.

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