Bulldogs hand Wildcats loss
Last Tuesday, the Wildcats hosted the Blue Eye Bulldogs in what turned out to be a disappointing loss for Cassville.
The first period of play was a hard battle with the Bulldogs emerging with a 12-4 advantage.
The Wildcats came back with a stronger finish for the second period, as Chris Smith, Nashe Lugeanbeal and Ryan Pace put points on the board to match pace with the Bulldogs keeping it even at 7 points a piece for a score of 19-11 going into halftime.
During the third period, the tempo quickened for both teams with each camp answering points against the other as Pace led the way for Cassville sinking two baskets to contribute 4 out of 11 points for the Wildcats in the quarter.
In the fourth, the Bulldogs came out on top and seized the game outscoring the Wildcats by 8 points to give Blue Eye the win at 46-27 despite scores by Pace and Smith, who made his third 3-point goal of the game.
"We controlled the tempo of the game, which was huge for us," said Head Coach Randy Robertson. "Our problem was finishing the shots that we got."
Four Wildcats tallied points against the Bulldogs, with Pace leading the team with a total of 10 points in all. Smith came up with 9 points, all 3-pointers for an average of 75 percent on the night. Josh Lewright and Lugeanbeal both contributed 4 points in the game.
Coach Robertson also credited his team for their defensive efforts saying, "The kids played defense pretty well this week."
This was evident in the statistics as the Wildcats had only two fewer rebounds than the Bulldogs with a total of 21 for the evening.
Lewright and Pace led the game totaling seven rebounds each, while Smith and Axl Larson managed two rebounds each, and John Botson, Devin Linenbrink and Lugeanbeal each had one rebound.
Pace came away with the most steals for the Wildcats, accumulating three for the game, while Legeanbeal and Smith had two steals each, and Botson, Larson, and Lewright each took one away for Cassville.
The Wildcat squad will host Carthage on Friday, Dec. 19, and will then take to the road to play in the Blue and Gold Tournament on Friday Dec. 26.
The JV Wildcats also faced-off against Blue Eye last Tuesday and they too were dealt a loss, 43-23.
Devin Linenbrink led the Wildcats in scores at 8 points for the night.
Other members who put points on the board for Cassville were Kyle Rhea, who scored 6 points, Mason Wilks, who tallied 3 points, and Jordan Bailey, Mike Nolan, and Evan Stubblefield who put up 2 points each.
Linenbrink was the top rebounder for the contest bringing down 12 boards for the night.