This season has been tough for the Wildcats, and unfortunately last week, the squad was unable to break in to the win column, as they fell to both Reeds Spring and Branson.
Last Tuesday night. the Cassville Wildcats hosted the Reeds Spring Wolves with hopes of earning their first victory in front of a home crowd. Reeds Spring had other plans and went home with a 59-41 victory.
The Wolves came out strong in the first period, outscoring Cassville 17-9, as the Wildcats missed some opportunities to score that could have kept the game a little closer.
Momentum continued to go in the Wolves' favor as they held Cassville to only 3 points in the second period. The vistors managed to outshoot and pull down more boards than the Wildcats to accumulate 10 points for a halftime lead of 27-12.
As the second half got underway, the Wildcats came out with new poise and focus, taking control of the game and putting up 14 points as Chris Smith lit up the boards, tacking up 9 points for Cassville including a three-pointer.
Then in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats began to try and close the gap. It was at that point that John Botson caught fire, going on a scoring spree that started when he nailed a three-pointer and peaked with an accumulation of 9 points. Botson's run ended when he fell to floor in agony and was forced to leave the game due to injury.
When the game resumed, the Wolves took control of the situation, and despite their ferocity, the Wildcats were unable to outscore Reeds Spring who tallied four points more than Cassville in the fourth to finish the game with a winning margin of 59-41.
Ryan Pace and Smith tallied the most points for Cassville with twin scores of 11 points for the night. Botson tallied 9 points, while Axl Larson and Evan Stubblefield contributed 3 points each. Josh Lewright and Devin Linenbrink added two points apiece for the night.
Pace also led the team in rebounds with nine. The senior also was the steals leader with four in the game. Smith led in assists with four.
The Wildcats went to Branson last Friday hoping to keep their heads above water, but the Pirates were too much for Cassville to handle.
As the first period began it was clear that the Wildcats had an up-hill battle on their hands as the Pirates came away with a 23-8 edge to start things off.
During the second period, the Wildcats were able to match their opponents with both team's putting 16 points on the scoreboard to leave the halftime score at 39-24 in the Pirates' favor.
After halftime, the Pirates came out strong and scored 26 points to the Wildcats' 9. The 32-point gap was insurmountable and Branson earned a 70-39 victory over the Wildcats.
Smith accumulated the most points for Cassville with a total of 10, while Pace put up 9 points.
Others Wildcat scorers were: Nashe Lugeanbeal, 8 points; Lewright, 4 points, Larson and Devin Linenbrink, 3 each; and Kyle Rhea, 2 points. Linenbrink led the team in rebounds with six.
Coach Robertson and the Wildcats are slated to play at Lamar this Friday, Jan. 16 before competing in the Spokane Invitational Tournament next week. Cassville is scheduled to play top-seeded Chadwick at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19.