The Cassville Lady Wildcats used their interior size and crisp ball movement to earn a 46-24 victory over the Monett Lady Cubs last week.
"Cassville did a good job of getting into the paint and finishing," said Monett Cubs coach Derrek Uhl.
The Lady Wildcats' Jaime Everett and Emily Speakman combined for the game's first 7 points before Monett's Hunter Glouse sank two free throws at the 4:16 mark of the first quarter to put the Lady Cubs on the board.
Cassville led 12-4 after one quarter of play.
The Lady Wildcats continued attacking in the second period. Kennadi Howard scored twice in transition and dished out an assist to Raeghan Blisard that forced Monett to take a timeout to regroup.
Monett responded with a trey by Glouse and a basket by Allie Krueger. Missed shots and a pesky Cassville defense limited Monett's ability to gain traction.
Cassville took a 23-12 advantage into halftime and led 33-16 after three quarters of play.
Scoring for Cassville were: Kennadi Howard, 14; Emily Speakman, 13; Jaime Everett, 10; and Raeghan Blisard, 9.
Scoring for Monett were: Hunter Glouse, 10; Brooke Madison, 5; Allie Krueger, 4; Jessica Schmidt, 4; and Cheryl Barnes, 2.
Ladycats struggle in
loss to East Newton
The Cassville Lady Wildcats struggled at the offensive end and lost to the East Newton Lady Patriots at Granby on Thursday night, 43-27.
"It was a very disappointing game for us," said Cassville's Chris Shore. "We just couldn't score any baskets."
Even with only scoring 17 points in the first half, the Lady Wildcats were very much in the game at Granby. Howard poured in 9 points before halftime, and Cassville trailed by only 19-17 at intermission. In fact, the Lady Wildcats held leads of 2-1, 13-12 and 17-16 before Emily Brummett's trey in the closing seconds gave East Newton the 19-17 advantage.
But in the second half, Cassville's scoring dried up. Blisard and Speakman both canned short jumpers early in the third quarter to keep the Lady Wildcats close at 23-21. But then, nothing. Cassville went scoreless for the last 5:15 of the period, and the Lady Patriots pushed to a 33-21 lead at the final break.
In the final period, the Lady Wildcats went scoreless from the field and could only manage 6 points from the free-throw line. Six Lady Patriots scored in the period, and East Newton cruised to the 43-27 win.
"We played really well against Monett, but we were soft tonight," assessed Shore. "We need to learn to go up strong and make the basket instead of hoping for a foul call."
Since recording the big upset of Clever on Jan. 26, Cassville has been up and down, losing to CJ, then defeating Lamar and Monett before Thursday's loss at East Newton. After receiving the #3 seed for the Class 4 District 12 tournament at Carl Junction next week, Cassville will meet a familiar foe in the first round of district play.
"We will play Monett again in districts, and we will not overlook that game," Shore emphasized. "It's very hard to beat a team three times in a season, and this will be our fourth time to play Monett. Even though they only have two wins, they are a dangerous team. They have a player who can score 30 on any given night, and we won't be looking past them."
Cassville scorers: Emily Speakman, 11; Kennadi Howard, 11; Cari Vollenweider, 2; Raeghan Blisard, 2; and Jaime Everett, 1.
East Newton scorers: Haley Heilig, 13; Kourtney Brewster, 11; Lindey Broyles, 6; Whitney Thomlinson, 5; Emily Brummett, 3; Kenzey Riegle and Shelbey Thomlinson, 2 each; and Sarah Harper, 1.