Young Ladycats fall in tourney

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Cassville girls basketball team is still working at maturing into a solid team. The girls, who played in the Aurora Tournament this past week, are led by their two seniors and returning starters Brittany Vollenweider and Gabby LeCompte.

"Our team is young and lacking confidence at this point in the season," said Coach Chris Shore. "We will continue to work hard to improve every week."

The rest of the squad includes Emily Orrell, Misty Long, Marti Richmiller, Hannah Elkins, Ariel Oswald and Lindsay Turner.

Orrell, Cassville's first player off the bench last year, has been out with an injury. The rest of Cassville's squad scored a total of 12 varsity points last season.

Cassville struggled in the Aurora Tournament this week. The Ladycats did show flashes of their talent though.

In their first contest, Cassville faced host school Aurora.

Early on, the Ladycats did a great job of forcing the Lady Houn's to play Cassville's game. The Ladycats led 10-7 after one quarter, but it was Aurora who imposed its will for the remainder of the contest. The Lady Houn's outscored Cassville 18-6 in both the second and third quarters to pull away and win 57-25.

The Ladycats excelled in a couple of areas on the night. They forced 19 Aurora turnovers, drew 19 fouls and kept the Lady Houn's scoreless from beyond the three-point arc.

Aurora countered that by stealing the ball 27 times, grabbing an astounding 56 rebounds and putting three different players into double digits.

The Ladycats faced Monett in their next contest, and Cassville's consistency improved in this game. The Ladycats played right with Monett down the stretch, but the Lady Cubs edged them out in the end 47-40.

Vollenweider led Cassville's scoring on the week. The senior racked up 29 points through two contests.

Elkins also did well, totaling 14. Other Ladycat scorers included LeCompte 9, Long 6, Edie 5 and Richmiller 2.

The Ladycats will attempt to make their next step in the growing process when they play host to McDonald County on Thursday. The girls varsity game will start at 6 p.m. on that night. It will be broadcast on 95.9 KKBL.

Cassville also travels to Norwood on Saturday and hosts Marionville next Monday.

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