The Cassville Middle School girls basketball squads finished the 2008 season by competing in the Big 8 Conference Tournament. The eighth grade squad finished in second place at the tournament, and the seventh graders won the consolation bracket.
The second-seeded CMS eighth graders opened tournament play by defeating Monett 25-18.
Speakman had 17 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in the contest. Other game leaders were: Kimberly Orrell, 10 points, five steals and five assists; Katie Hughes, 4 points; Keisha Corn, 5 rebounds and 2 points; and Shania Stumpff, 2 points.
In second round action, the young Ladycats downed Seneca 41-31. The game was close until Cassville turned up the heat in the fourth quarter to outscore the Lady Indians 13-1.
Cassville scorers were: Speakman, 19; Orrell, 10; Hughes, 6; Stumpff, 4; and Ali Hanson, 2.
Cassville faced off against Carl Junction in the championship game and lost 30-31 in a heartbreaker. Leading scorers for the Ladycats were: Orrell, 13; Speakman, 5; Hughes and Skylar Branham, 4 each; and Stumpff, 2.
"We just could not pull away from Carl Junction and missed too many opportunities," said Coach Christopher Kell. "Overall, we had a very successful season, winning second in the tournament and finishing the season with a 13-3 record.
"These girls worked very hard over the last two years, and the hard work is shown by how they increase their win total from six games as seventh graders to 13 wins this year," added Coach Kell.
The CMS seventh graders, seeded fifth in the Big 8 tournament, were able to avenge an earlier loss to defeat East Newton 21-14 to win the tournament's consolation game.
Sydney Curnes led the team with 10 points in the win. Other Cassville scorers were: Katelyn Pitts, 4; Mikala Deffenbaugh, 3; Callie Woolhiser, 2; and Lindsey Nolan and Ashley Krallman, 1 each.
The seventh grade team finished the 2008 season with a 6-7 record.
"The seventh and eighth grade teams were both fun teams to coach and made this year very enjoyable," said Coach Kell.