The Cassville boys basketball team ended the 2007-08 regular season with two disappointing losses to Monett and Seneca. The Wildcats lost to Monett 42-44 and Seneca 36-47.
The Wildcats' best performance likely came against their chief rival, the Monett Cubs (11-13, 2-4).
Monett jumped on Cassville quickly, opening up with an 11-6 quarter that kept the Wildcats trailing most of the contest.
Cassville made runs at the home team. The Wildcats closed to within 2 at half, but Monett expanded the lead back to 6 after three. Cassville then made a charge but came up just short 42-44.
The Wildcats did a lot of things well in the game and had players really step up in certain spots. They shot 80 percent from the free throw line but only got there 10 times on the night. The Wildcats were limited to nine assists and committed 16 turnovers.
Dannon Rose had a nice night for the 'Cats. The senior poured in 12 points and gathered up five rebounds.
Clint Reed, another Wildcat senior, also had a good evening. Reed tallied 13 points and two steals.
Others scoring for Cassville included Kelby Haynes 6, Martin Hernandez 4, Cory Howard 4, Ethan Couch 2 and Marcus Henry 1.
In Cassville's other contest, they faced Seneca (14-9, 2-3). Again, Cassville seemed to match their opponents' stride for stride but for only a few quarters.
After an 18-18 tie at halftime, Seneca outscored Cassville 14-4 in the third. The Indians then held onto their lead in the fourth for the 47-36 victory.
Cassville's only highlight of the night was three-point shooting where the team hit 43 percent of its shots; however even, that was scant as they only took seven shots (3-7).
The Wildcats struggled with all the little things in the conference match-up. Cassville got to the free throw line only six times, stole the ball only three times and tallied just seven assists. They also had 15 turnovers.
Hernandez was a bright spot for Cassville as the first-year player continued to improve. Hernandez scored 9 points and also tallied seven rebounds, including four on the offensive side.
Howard led Cassville's scoring with 10 points. Other scorers included Reed 8, Rose 4, Henry 2, Ryan Pace 2 and Haynes 1.
The Wildcats played in the first round of districts Tuesday, and if they win will play Friday against Carl Junction at Carl Junction at 7:30 p.m.
Cassville is now 6-19 on the season and 1-6 in the Big 8 Conference.