The Pierce City Eagles were too much for Cassville in the first round of the Southwest tournament. Pierce City, seeded fourth, came out hot and never quit in the 85-66 decision.
For Cassville the outcome was painful. The Wildcats had their best scoring game this season, yet it wasn't enough against Pierce City.
The game was close early on. The teams were tied at zero, 6 and 8 points, and the Wildcats even held as much as a 3-point lead, but once Pierce City got going the Wildcats could not hold it.
Dannon Rose began with a great quarter. Rose, the senior forward, hit all 11 of his final points in the frame, but the 'Cats turned the ball over five times in the beginning, which helped them fall behind Pierce City.
As a team Cassville just couldn't match the Eagles' scoring prowess. Cassville out-rebounded Pierce City 27-15, but had trouble turning that advantage into points.
Cassville committed 16 fouls and 16 turnovers. The Wildcats shot only 52 percent (12-23) from the free-throw line and went zero-for-five from beyond the arc.
Pierce City's biggest asset was their three-point shooting. The Eagles shot only 36 percent (5-14) from the free-throw line, but shot 55 percent (12-22) from the three-point arc. Pierce City scored 36 points from the arc and Cassville seemed unable to stop it.
The 'Cats also had trouble stopping Dietrick Sooter, a guard who shot lights out all night finishing with 31 points for Pierce City.
Cassville was still in striking distance at half time. The Wildcats trailed 41-27 coming out of the break, but Pierce City heated up again and put the game away in the third.
The Eagles had runs of 7-2, 13-3 and 8-2 that lead to a 32-point quarter and a secure lead. In addition, Sooter scored 18 of his points in the frame and the Eagles hit five out of six three-pointers.
Cassville out-scored Pierce City in the fourth, but it was too late.
Rose led Cassville with his 11 points and also tallied seven rebounds in the contest.
Kelby Haynes also had a good night for Cassville. Haynes scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds.
Others scoring for Cassville included Martin Hernandez 9, Marcus Henry 9, Ethan Couch 7, Ryan Pace 6, Clint Reed 5 and Cory Howard 5.
Cassville is now 2-8 on the season.
The Tigers just couldn't stay with number one seed Pea Ridge, Ark. The Blackhawks led 33-17 at half and continued to out-score Exeter the rest of the way in the 65-28 decision.
The Tigers were led by Zach Wubker who scored 9 points.
The Bulldogs did not get their offense going until the fourth quarter and by then it was too late as Eureka Springs, Ark., won 59-39.
Wheaton trailed by 24 points heading into the fourth quarter where they scored double digits for the first time.
Sean Crane led Wheaton in the contest with 13 points.
The Trojans couldn't come back from a poor start and dropped their contest to Purdy 62-79.
Southwest out-scored Purdy 39-31 in the second half, but a huge first half deficit had already decided their fate.
Levi Roberts led Southwest with 31 points. Caleb Mitchell and Codie Harmon both had 14.
Purdy hit the Trojans quickly, out-scoring Southwest 48-23 in the first half and coasted to a 79-62 victory.
The Eagles were led by Mason Roller's 46 points. Blake Williams had 22.