The Cassville JV Wildcats were put to the test last week, working their way through three games that resulted in two losses and a win to bring the young squad's season record to 4-8 so far.
The Mountaineers came to visit the Wildcats last Monday and ended up burning up the court in a contest that slowly escalated to an ugly climax for Cassville.
The game began with a fairly even pace, neither team showing any clear sign of dominance at the end of the first period.
As the second period ended, it was still anyone's guess as to the outcome. The Mountaineers outscored the Wildcats by a small 11-9 margin in the quarter to gain a 17-11 lead at the half.
When the third period took off, the action intensified as Cassville put up 10 points, while Mt. Vernon tallied 17 to make it a 34-21 ball game.
In the fourth period, the Mountaineers erupted with a barrage of scoring that yielded 26 points in all, leaving the Wildcats unable to meet the challenge and falling 60-28.
The only Wildcat to put up double figures for Cassville was Evan Stubblefield with 11 points.
Kyle Rhea was the second highest scorer in the game with 8 points, followed by Jordan Bailey, who sank one three-pointer for the night, Brock Jacobs, Brandon Miller and Mike Nolan scored 2 points each.
Cassville managed to top Mt. Vernon in rebounds, pulling down 27 to their 20, and much of it can be credited to Bo Blisard, who led his team in rebounds with 10.
In a low-scoring game, the Wildcats fell 16-24 at Parkview. Cassville only managed 9 points by the halfway mark, while Parkview enjoyed a meager one-point lead, sitting at 10 points.
The third period showed the Vikings outscoring the Wildcats 9-2, which gave them the edge they needed to win. The game ended with Parkview on top 24-16.
Nolan and Rocky Young were the leading scorers with 5 apiece, Stubblefield scored 3 points, Rhea put up 2 points, and Jacobs scored 1 point in the game.
Rhea was the top rebounder, pulling down 11 for the 'Cats, while Blisard accumulated 10 rebounds.
In front of a home crowd, the Wildcats handed Lamar a 57-42 loss. Cassville dominated the floor for three periods, only allowing the Tigers to outscore them in the fourth.
The first period ended with Cassville having a 18-11 advantage over Lamar, and the second period developed into a bigger lead for the Wildcats as they scored 22 points against the Tigers who only managed 12 points to make it 40-23 at half-time.
Cassville topped Lamar by a marginal three points in the third period and allowed Lamar to outscore them in the fourth, but it was a little too late for the Tigers and they were unable to make up the deficit.
Young had a great night, nailing five out of seven three-pointers and hitting all three of his free-throw shots to accumulate a total of 18 points.
Nolan also had good averages across the board, hitting two out of four three-pointers and hitting 60 percent of his two-point and free-throw attempts to score a total of 15 points for the evening.
Others scoring for Cassville were Stubblefield with 13 points, Blisard with 5, Rhea with 4, and Miller with 2.
In the rebounds category, Stubblefield led the JV 'Cats with nine followed by Young with seven and Jacobs with six.