Wildcats claim third place prize at tourney

Thursday, January 25, 2007
The man to guard
Tim Orrell makes another basket during Friday night's game against Spokane. Orrell had an impressive 24 points in the loss. Earlier in the week, Orrell scored a career high 29 points in Cassville's win over Blue Eye. Democrat Photo (b)

The Cassville Wildcats played in the Spokane Owl Invitational this past week and ended with a record of 2-1 and a third place trophy. The Wildcats were seeded fourth in the contest and faced off against Blue Eye, Spokane and Galena.

In their first game, the 'Cats took on a Blue Eye team (5-7) they had seen before. In their last meeting the Wildcats, at home, just edged the Bulldogs 37-35. This time the Wildcats had no trouble putting them away.

Blue Eye led by as many as five in the first quarter, but then Cassville took control and ended the quarter with a 13-3 run that left the score at 17-12. In the second quarter, the 'Cats expanded their lead to 12 (34-22).

To start the third Cassville scored 10 unanswered points to go up by 22 (44-22). Blue Eye came right back though and would close the deficit to 13 (46-33), but the Wildcats pulled away again and the game ended with Cassville earning a big 68-42 win.

As a team, Cassville seemed to do everything right. They tallied 18 assists, and they shot extremely well, 58 percent from three-point range and 62 percent from the field. Individually, senior Tim Orrell had a huge night, scoring a season, career and team high 29 points on 10-15 shooting from the floor. Seven of Orrell's baskets came from behind the arc. Orrell also stole the ball three times and dished out three assists.

Kelby Haynes was also a big contributor in the victory, scoring 14 on 80 percent shooting (4-5) and feeding a season high six assists.

Others helping in the victory were: Ryan Schlichtman, 8 points, 4-4 from the line, and a steal; Clint Reed 6 points (3-5), and four assists; Dannon Rose, 2 points and a team high six rebounds; Cory Howard, 3 points, two steals and two assists; Chris Born, two steals; Ethan Couch, 2 points and one steal; Ryan Pace, one steal; and Marcus Henry, 4 points.

In their second game, the Wildcats were matched up against the Spokane Owls (10-3). There would be only one lead change in the game and that would belong to the Owls as they beat the Wildcats convincingly.

Spokane took off quickly in the first quarter, outscoring Cassville 33-10. The Owls' press was extremely disruptive and was only helped by a loosely called first quarter.

In the second, the Owls pressed their advantage and left the halftime score at 55-19. The third would fare much the same for the 'Cats as they did well, until giving up a 12-2 run at the end to expand the Owls' lead to 46. Cassville rallied in the fourth and outscored the Owls 19-6, leaving the final score at 78-47 in Spokane's favor.

As a team Cassville could never seem to find their rhythm as they turned the ball over 27 times and shot 45 percent from the line.

Orrell scored over half of Cassville's points (24) with six three-point shots. He also tallied two steals and three assists. Haynes also did well, contributing 7 points, seven rebounds and two steals.

Other contributors were: Born, two steals and three assists; Reed, 4 points and three assists, Howard, 2 points and three steals; Schlichtman 2 points and two assists; Couch one steal; and Rose, 7 points.

On Saturday, Cassville competed against Galena for third place honors. The 'Cats took the lead early with a big first quarter (22-15). Then both teams settled in and left the halftime score at 34-28.

Out of the locker room again the 'Cats caught fire and outscored the Bears by 11. Galena tried to rally in the fourth, but fell short losing 77-65.

Orrell had 15 points, including six from the line (6-6), but also had three steals and a season high seven assists. Haynes led scorers with a season high 28 points, and Reed had a nice game with 13 points, nine of which came on treys. Reed also had two steals and three assists.

Others helping in the victory were: Rose, 4 points, a team high seven rebounds, five steals and three assists; Howard 8 points and three assists; Born 4 points and four steals; and Schlichtman, 5 points and three rebounds.

Cassville now moves to 5-12 (0-2) on the season and will continue conference play this week. The Wildcats played Lamar on Tuesday night and will host Carl Junction on Friday.

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