Ladycat seniors will be sorely missed

Friday, March 9, 2007

The Cassville girls varsity basketball season has come to a close. The Ladycats finished with a 12-14 record overall and a 3-4 conference record, which placed them fifth in the Big 8.

Cassville was led by Julie Cupps this year. The senior averaged 14 points, two assists and two steals per contest. She also shot 35 percent from three-point range.

Abby Munoz, another senior, also did well.

She averaged 9 points and five rebounds per game and shot 52 percent from the field. Junior Brittany Vollenweider contributed as well for the Ladycats, scoring 9 bringing a game and bringing down seven rebounds.

Others helping the Ladycats on the season were: Jessie Gripka, 5 points per game; Gabby LeCompte, 5 points per game on 44 percent shooting from beyond the arc; Emily Orrell, 2 points per game, three rebounds per game and two steals per game; Brittney Wilbanks, 1 point per game and one steal; and Misty Long, 1 point per game and 71 percent shooting from the field (5-7).

Brittany Gatley, Hannah Elkins, Ariell Oswald and Marti Richmiller also contributed throughout the season.

As a team, Cassville shot very good from three, hitting 39 percent of their shots. However, the Ladycats struggled to get many second chance opportunities, grabbing only seven offensive boards per game. They also averaged only seven assists and seven steals.

The varsity girls' senior class will be missed. Cupps, Munoz and Gripka accounted for 62 percent of all Cassville's scoring and free-throw attempts. The Junior class, despite their not being prolific scorers, did shoot 45 percent from three this year (24-53), giving Cassville a little bit of reprieve in that department.

The Ladycats also did well inside this season. Cassville's forwards combined to shoot 67 percent from the field (8-12) and their posts shot 51 percent (200-395).

Cassville's starters this year accounted for a lopsided 93 percent of the Ladycats' scoring as well as 96 percent of their three-point baskets. Cassville's bench did do a nice job, accumulating 32 percent of the teams offensive rebounds and 31 percent of their steals.

The Cassville Ladycats will return only two starters, LeCompte and Vollenweider, to next year's club but will have five seniors.

Cassville's girls teams are coached by Chris Shore and Brian Wilbanks.

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