Ladycats continue to play it tough

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Cassville High School Ladycats entered Big 8 Conference play last Thursday against a good Mt. Vernon team and will continue to play a vigorous schedule in the coming weeks.

"Our team is playing hard," said Coach Shore, "We have played a tough schedule to this point and are competing every night."

The girls' tough pre-conference schedule will hopefully prepare them for an equally tough conference line-up.

On the season, Cassville is now 7-9 and has one third place, one sixth place and one 10th place finish in tournaments.

The Ladycats started the season out traveling to Blue Eye, winning two and losing one in an overtime comeback to take third place. From there, Cassville went straight into another tournament at Aurora, going 1-2 and taking sixth place.

The Ladycats then went 2-2 in their next four games to wind up at 5-5 going into the Neosho Holiday tournament. Cassville again would go 1-2 but were just a point away from being 2-1 as they lost their opening round game to KC Ruskin in overtime.

The girls have consistently troubled opposing teams with their 1-3-1 zone. The Ladycats have also executed their offensive game plan of getting the ball into the post. However, despite seven wins, the Ladycats can never seem to build that momentum, as they have not been able to win two games in a row all season.

As a team, Cassville averages 44 points, 22 rebounds, seven, assists and eight steals a game. They give up a low 12 turnovers and commit only 15 fouls a contest. The Ladycats have shot 34 percent from beyond the arc and 48 percent from the field. The one area where they would like to improve is their free-throw percentage, which stands at 57.

Senior Julie Cupps provides a good amount of leadership for the team, averaging 15 points and two steals per game, as well as shooting 35 percent from behind the three-point line.

Junior Brittany Vollen-weider also is a big contributor, scoring an average of 9 points and pulling in six rebounds a game. Senior Abby Munoz also scores 9 points per match on 59 percent shooting from the floor.

Other contributors include: junior Gabby LeCompte, 4 points a game and a 36 percentile on treys; freshman Emily Orrell, 2 points and two steals per game; and senior Jessie Gripka, 5 points each outing. Also coming off the bench for the Ladycats are juniors Brittney Wilbanks and Brittany Gatley, sophomore Misty Long and freshman Hannah Elkins.

The Ladycat junior varsity team is now 4-1, suffering just their first loss of the season against Blue Eye. Elkins is the team's consistent scoring leader.

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