The Cassville Wildcats travelled to Carl Junction last Friday night looking for a Big 8 win but came home disappointed after facing a formidable Bulldog squad.
Cassville was defeated 58-77 after trailing 30-41 at half-time. The Wildcats were able to outscore Carl Junction 23-14 in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to surpass the earlier deficit.
The Wildcats had three players with double-digit scoring. Cory Howard led his team with 15 points followed by Clint Reed with 11 and Martin Hernandez with 10. Others scoring for Cassville were Kelby Haynes and Dannon Rose with 10 each and Marcus Henry with 6.
Hernandez also had an exceptional night on the boards. The senior, playing his first year of high school basketball, hauled down 13 rebounds during the contest. Rose also contributed in the rebound category with 9.
Reed also showed his versatility by tallying two steals, five assists and two rebounds.
Although Carl Junction outscored Cassville, the Wildcats were credited with more rebounds than the Bulldogs. Cassville had 31 rebunds to Carl Junction's 29.
The Wildcats also shot better from the floor (17 of 29) and from behind the free throw line (13 of 27) but Carl Junction had more open looks at the basket.
Cassville is now 6-13 on the season and has earned one conference game with several still on tap.
The squad, coached by Randy Robertson, travels to Hollister on Friday night for a non-conference game followed by a home game against Springfield Central next Tuesday.
The junior varsity Wildcats also suffered defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs, falling 33-53.
In that contest, Ricky Vanderpool led Cassville scorers with 10 points. Others scoring for the Wildcats were: David Barnes and Travis Northern, 7 points each; Josh Lewright, 3; and Nashe Lugeanbeal, Kyle Rhea and Mason Wilks, 2 points each.
Cassville's top rebounder was David Barnes with six boards.