CHS Ladycats win district opener

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Breakaway Democrat Photo/Shannon Haney Marti Richmiller steals the ball away from Billings while Gail Edie, on the far left, and Lindsey Turner, on the right, race down the court for a pass under the Ladycat basket. The Ladycats defeated Billings last Friday night to close out the regular season.

With a score more suitable for a football game between the two schools, the Cassville Ladycats destroyed Reeds Spring 52-14 on Monday night at the Class 4 District 11 basketball tournament at Republic. The Ladycats advance to play the second-seeded Republic Lady Tigers at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

This was a classic Cassville game: defense, defense and more defense. The Ladycats scored 15 first quarter points. As it turned out, that's all they would need. Cassville's smothering zone defense held the Lady Wolves to just 7 first-quarter points, and then an astonishing single point of production in both the second and third quarters.

With Chris Shore substituting liberally even before halftime, Reeds Spring could find no rhythm against the swarming Cassville defense. After struggling to 1 point in consecutive quarters, the Lady Wolves could muster only 5 points in the final period, and 3 of those came from the free-throw line.

Kennadi Howard opened the scoring with a layup off the opening tip for a quick 2-0 Cassville lead. Lindsey Turner scored on a long jumper from the left wing for a 4-0 lead at 5:56, but Tawni Freeman answered with a trey to cut the lead to 4-3.

Freeman scored all 7 points for Reeds Spring in the quarter, and Hannah Elkins scored 5 in the final 1:12 to lead Cassville to the 15-7 lead.

The entire second quarter appeared in the game summary as a 19-1 run in favor of Cassville, and the Ladycats blew the game open with a 34-8 halftime lead.

The scoring pace slowed in the third period, but the defensive intensity did not. The quarter was an equally painful 11-1 run, and Shore's girls were well on their way to a district win. The Cassville reserves pushed the lead to 40 at one point while the mercy clock ran, and the game was over long before the buzzer sounded to end the 52-14 shellacking.

Cassville scorers: Hannah Elkins 11, Lindsey Turner 10, Gail Edie 10, Kennadi Howard 8, Marti Richmiller 6, Emily Speakman 4, Jamie Everett 2 and Gabrielle Ogan 1.

Reeds Spring scorers: Tawni Freeman 7, Casi Williams 3, Kortnie Vernon 3 and Samantha Akromis 1.

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