The Cassville Middle School girls basketball teams opened up their 2008 season on Oct. 30.
The eighth grade Ladycats are currently undefeated after four games, recording wins over Southwest (28-16), Joplin North (51-3), Carl Junction (34-12) and Verona (34-12).
Against Southwest, Cassville led 22-4 at half-time. Kimberly Orrell had 12 points, seven steals and four assists in the win while Emily Speakman contributed 10 rebounds, six points and three steals. Katie Hughes collected eight rebounds and 4 points.
Team leaders in the Joplin North game were Hughes with six rebounds and Speakman with five rebounds. Orrell and Skylar Branham both had four steals while Katie Hughes and Shania Stumpff added three steals each. Orrell was credited with five assists and Ali Hanson added four assists to the team totals. Top point-getters were Orrell with 11, Hughes with 10, Speakman with 8 and Hanson with 6.
In the Carl Junction game Hughes and Keisha Corn had eight rebounds each and Orrell was credited with five steals and three asissts. Orrell also was the squad's top scorer with 17 points.
Team leaders in the Verona game were: Hughes 10 points and 10 rebounds; Speakman, seven points and seven rebounds; Orrell, seven points, five steals and three assists; Hanson, three assists; Branhan, five steals; and Kelsey Baker, one blocked shot.
The Ladycat seventh graders have recorded one win and two losses in the first few weeks of play. The squad defeated Joplin North (36-16) but lost to Southwest (17-19) and Carl Junction (9-38).
Against Southwest, Sydney Curnes led the team with seven rebounds and 8 points. Lindsey Nolan contributed three steals while Katelyn Pitts, Mikala Deffenbaugh and Callie Woolhiser tallied four, three and two points respectively.
Team leaders in the Joplin North game were Woolhiser and Nolan with four rebounds each and Deffenbaugh with five assists. Point-getters were: Nolan, 10 points; Woolhiser, four points; Curnes, three points; Pitts, nine points; Paige Stockton, two points; and Ashley Krallman, six points.
Point leaders in the Carl Junction game were: Nolan, one point; Woolhiser, four points; Curnes, 2 points; and Pitts, 2 points.
The squads are coached by Christopher Kell.