Ladycats win back-to-back Big 8 games
Hannah Elkins scored a dozen points in the first eight minutes as the Ladycats doubled up Lamar 20-10 in the first quarter and went on to win a Big 8 Conference contest at Cassville on Thursday night, 56-42. Monday night, Cassville travelled to rival Monett and came home with a hard-fought 50-41 victory.
In the Lamar game, Marti Richmiller, Cassville's senior guard, picked Lamar for eight steals during the contest, and Gail Edie and Kennadi Howard were wanted for petty theft with four and three steals respectively.
Elkins continued her torrid pace throughout the game and finished as the game's high scorer with 26. The Ladycats rolled to a 30-19 halftime advantage and kept Lamar under control in the second half while extending the lead to 14 at the final horn.
Cassville scorers: Hannah Elkins 26, Kennadi Howard 10, Lindsey Turner 7, Jamie Everett 5, Marti Richmiller 4 and Gail Edie 4.
Lamar scorers: Ciarra Shoff 10, Sarah Rawlings 8, Ashia White 6, Ashley Parker 6, Kloye Butler 6, Sierra Haubren 3 and Erica Frieden 2.
Cassville vs. Monett
The Ladycats played a balanced ball game and earned a win on the road against a solid Lady Cubs squad.
Strong defense by Cassville produced turnovers and missed baskets on Monett's end of the court, and the Ladycats managed to stay ahead of their hosts throughout the game.
Cassville led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and 24-20 at the half and then fought off a fourth quarter rally by the Lady Cubs, hitting key free throws down the stretch to seal the 50-41 victory.
Elkins and Edie paced Cassville, scoring 15 points each, while Richmiller contributed 10 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.
"I was really proud of our team," said Coach Chris Shore. "We played hard and made plays when we needed to. I felt like we beat a good team. They were well coached and prepared."
Cassville scorers were: Hannah Elkins 15, Gail Edie 15, Marti Richmiller 10, Kennadi Howard 6 and Lindsey Turner 4.
Monett scorers were: Hunter Glouse 17, Jenny Frazier 12, Madison Carlin, 8, Dedre Beckett 2 and Aubrey Lemaster 2.
The Ladycats' next Big 8 match-up is at East Newton on Thursday night.