Cassville Ladycats ice Billings 66-49

Thursday, February 5, 2009

"Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." - Herodotus, Greek historian and traveler (484 BC to 430 BC)

Herodotus never played basketball, and he never saw winter in the Ozarks either. With much of southwest Missouri ravaged by ice and snow, it was a credit to Cassville and Billings that the two schools played their scheduled high school girls basketball contest on Thursday night. The game returned some sense of normalcy to a week that was anything but normal for area schools and students.

The Ladycats defeated Billings 66-49 to improve to 10-8 on the season. Cassville iced Billings in each of the first two quarters for a 31-23 half-time lead and then salted the game away with an 18-7 advantage in the third period.

Emily Orrell and Gail Edie mixed the inside/outside game at the offensive end, and each scored 16 points for Cassville in the victory. Marti Richmiller returned to action and scored 9. Ariel Oswald, Jaime Everett and Amber Balch added 6, 3 and 2 points respectively.

The Ladycats cleaned up the glass throughout, pulling down 34 rebounds for the game, led by Edie with 8, and Orrell and Richmiller with 7 each.

Kelse Jenisch topped Billings with 16 points.

"We gave up a lot of points late with our subs in," said Cassville Coach Chris Shore. "We didn't really play our best ball but found a way to make a good run in the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to stretch the lead."

Shore singled out Oswald for her effort in the contest, saying the senior forward, "played really well on both ends."

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