Fourth quarter hurts Ladycats
The Cassville Ladycats started the week out by hosting the Lady Mountaineers in Cassville's first Big 8 contest of the season. The Cassville team gave a good effort but would ultimately come out on the losing side of the game.
Mt. Vernon entered the game with a record of 8-4 and one previous victory over the Ladycats (36-31). In that game Cassville held the lead all the way until the fourth quarter when the Lady Mountaineers caught fire and took control of the game.
In the rematch, Mt. Vernon's fourth quarter performance would again allow them to get the victory.
To begin the game, the Lady Mountaineers relied heavily upon the shot of Kaylyn Newkirk, who scored 11 of Mt. Vernon's 15 first quarter points. The score was 15-10 in Mt. Vernon's favor after the first.
In the second quarter, the Ladycats outscored the Lady Mountaineers by three and trailed 25-23 at the half. In the third quarter, the two teams battled back and forth and left the deficit at three (36-33), again in Mt. Vernon's favor.
The Lady Mountaineers were able to surge ahead in the final frame, going on an 11-1 run and holding onto win the conference game by a score of 56-45.
The Ladycats as a whole rebounded well, grabbing 25, but struggled on the free-throw line, shooting 3-7. Mt. Vernon excelled on the line, shooting the same as their male counterparts had just two days before, 77 percent on 17-22 shooting.
The Lady Mountaineers only turned the ball over nine times in the contest while the Ladycats tallied 13 turnovers with eight occurring in the fourth quarter.
Senior Julie Cupps led the way for Cassville, scoring 15 points. Junior Brittany Vollenweider also played well, scoring 11 points and gathering 10 rebounds giving her a double-double.
Other scorers were: Abby Munoz 9; Gabby LeCompte 8; and Brittney Wilbanks 4. For Mt. Vernon, Newkirk led her team with 15 points.
The junior varsity squad also lost to Mt. Vernon by a score of 41-18.
The Ladycats slip to 7-9 (0-1) on the season. They will play at home on Monday, Jan. 22 against Carl Junction.