After one quarter of play last Thursday night, the Cassville Ladycats had to feel pretty good.
Playing at Mt. Vernon, the Ladycats trailed by only 3 points in the first quarter to possibly the best team in the conference. Cassville had executed its game plan, effectively shutting down Mt. Vernon's playmakers from most of the floor.
Yet that would not be enough. The Ladycats were outscored 38-17 in the second and third quarters and dropped the Big 8 affair 68-44.
Cassville didn't change its strategy much between the first quarter and the next two. The Ladycats continued to play their game by utilizing their zone defense to eliminate the Mountaineers' inside game and guarding the home team's three-point specialist, especially tough.
But Mt. Vernon's bench threw a wrench into the Ladycat game plan. Mt. Vernon got 34 points from what are normally some of their reserve players. Of those points, 30 came from beyond the three-point arc. Cassville kept the Lady Mountaineers' leading three-point shooter to just one goal of three but could not adjust to the assault from the home team's bench.
The Ladycats finished up strong, cutting the lead back to within 15 points in the fourth quarter but ultimately could not knock off Mt. Vernon.
Leading Cassville on the night was Hannah Elkins, who scored 15 points on the night. The sophomore is now averaging 10 points a contest.
Brittany Vollenweider also got into double digits with 12 points.
Others scoring for Cass-ville were: Marti Richmiller 6, Brittney Wilbanks 4, Gabby LeCompte 3, Gail Edie 2 and Mandi Thompson 2.
The Ladycats are now 4-11 on the season and drop to 0-2 in the conference.