Varsity Wildcats take fourth
Purdy Eagles squad finishes fifth in Clever TournamentBy George Ulmer
It's not all of what Cassville had hoped for, but they'll take it. The Wildcats finished fourth this past weekend after some tough play in the Clever Tournament.
Cassville faced three top-notch teams in Sparta, Purdy and Marionville and came away with a 1-2 record.
The 'Cats took on Sparta in the first round of the competition. Cassville fell behind early in the contest and could not catch back up, losing 53-67. The Wildcats kept it close during much of the ball game, but a 14-6 first quarter likely brought about their demise.
Cassville took on in-county rival Purdy in the next contest and had some trouble adjusting to the Eagles' aggressive defense. The Wildcats led early, but Purdy tied it by halftime. After the break both teams went back and forth, but when the final buzzer sounded, Cassville led 48-47.
The Wildcats then advanced on to play the Marionville Comets for the third place contest.
The Comets, known for their rough style of play, did exactly that, throwing Cassville's offense out of rhythm. At the end of the first half, Cassville had only 11 points compared to Marion-ville's 28. The Wildcats got more offense going in the second period but could not catch up, eventually losing 54-32.
Senior Clint Reed led the team in scoring this week. Reed averaged 13 points a contest. Cory Howard also did well averaging another 13 points per game. Cassville's other scorers (points per game) included: Dannon Rose 8, Kelby Haynes 5, Marcus Henry 3, Ryan Pace 1, Caleb Beuterbaugh 1 and Nashe Lugeanbeal 1.
Cassville has a busy week next week. The Wildcats host East Newton on Thursday, travel to Blue Eye on Friday and are back at home against Branson the following Tues-day. All varsity games will begin approximately at 7:30 p.m. The East Newton contest can be heard on 95.9 KKBL.
The Purdy Eagles also competed in the Clever Invitational. Purdy finished the tournament with a fifth place finish and a record of 1-2.
Although Purdy finished the tournament with a losing record the Eagles were simply 12 points away from being perfect.
Purdy fell to Cassville 47-48, lost to Sparta 55-64 and then beat Galena 63-61.
Mason Roller paced the Eagles, averaging 21 points a night. Blake Williams gave Purdy another scoring option, hitting 15 points a night. Also scoring for Purdy were Kevin Terry 9, Ryan Veith 4, Trent Goetz 4, Michael Shuey 2 and Ethan Tate 1.
Purdy plays at East Newton on Friday and at Southwest on Tuesday.