Wildcats earn win over Crane
The Cassville Wildcats broke into the win column on Tuesday night, beating the visiting Crane Pirates, 60-31. Ricky Nichols led the Cassville attack with 20 points, as the Wildcats built on the positive play they showed against Republic in their previous game.
Cassville took a commanding 21-7 first-quarter lead and stretched to a 36-10 halftime advantage over the Pirates.
But on Friday night at Carthage, the Wildcats found the roles reversed. A solid Carthage team, playing in front of a fired up home crowd, roared to a 49-21 halftime lead and ran away in the second half to a 74-30 win.
Carthage senior Desmond Buerge reached the 1,000-point milestone for his career with his game-high 29 points. Nichols scored 6 points to lead the Wildcats in scoring, and Garrett Kirk and Ethan Lowery scored 5 each.
Carthage improved to 6-1 with the victory, while Cassville slipped to 1-4.
The Wildcats will play in the Southwest Holiday Tournament during the Christmas break, before resuming their regular schedule on the road against Reeds Spring on Jan. 3, 2012.