The Cassville Ladycats might have just found their groove for this year's basketball season.
Cassville has been playing a relatively young team so far this season. Brittany Vollenweider and Gabby LeCompte are returning starters, but beyond that, Emily Orrell, who is out with an injury, is Cassville's only other player who saw significant playing time last year.
Despite a tough start to the season, the Ladycats are maturing and finally seem to be hitting their stride. Cassville lost two heartbreakers, 53-48 to McDonald County in double overtime and 46-45 to Norwood, before blowing out Marionville 48-13 on Monday night.
In their first contest versus McDonald County, the Ladycats led the entire way until the Lady Mustangs tied it up in the fourth quarter. Both teams scored only two points in the first extra frame, but McDonald County outscored Cassville 9-4 in the final overtime to win 53-48.
The Ladycats picked themselves back up and traveled to Norwood to play on Saturday. Cassville led 25-24 at halftime, but a big third quarter for Norwood helped the team hold on to win 46-45.
After the two contests Cassville Coach Chris Shore, stayed optimistic.
"We have gotten much better over the last two weeks," said Shore. "Our young kids are stepping up, and we are figuring out our roles on the team."
Shore had good reason to stay positive about his team and their improvement showed on Monday as the Ladycats trounced Marion-ville 48-13. Vollenweider dominated the boards, grabbing nine rebounds, and Marti Richmiller had one of her best games of the season at point guard.
"Richmiller played a solid floor game, handling the ball and running the offense," said Shore. The sophomore had three assists on the night.
Vollenweider led the young squad this week, averaging 17 points per contest. Hannah Elkins was Cassville's next leading scorer, averaging 8 points.
Cassville's other scorers were Richmiller 8, Gail Edie 5, LeCompte 4, Lindsey Turner 3 and Misty Long 2. (Note: All points are average per game, not total).
The Ladycats are now 2-6 on the season. Their next game will be at home against Reeds Spring on Dec, 17. The junior varsity contest will begin at 6 p.m. with the varsity contest following immediately. The game will be broadcast on 95.9 KKBL.