Cassville's only advantage in the game was in the paint.
Ethan Lowery posted a double-double for the Wildcats, scoring a game-high 20 points to go with his 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs had three players in double figures, led by Dustin Satterlee's 19 points.
|Two glaring stats told the story of the game.||The Wildcats shot 20 free throws and connected on only half of them. As a team, Cassville committed 28 turnovers, and all of them hurt.|
The game opened with Satterlee and Casville's Garrett Kirk locked in a game of H-O-R-S-E. CJ's junior guard ripped a pair of treys leading the Bulldogs to an early 8-0 lead. After the Wildcats committed four turnovers on their first five possessions, Kirk answered with a jumper and a baseline drive to cut the lead to 8-4.
Ty Craig scored to pull Cassville within a basket at the 3:40 mark, but Carl Junction finished the period with a 9-2 run to take a 19-10 lead at the first break.
Falling behind 24-12 early in the second quarter, the Wildcats fashioned a 9-2 run of their own. Lowery scored four consecutive baskets and then Craig connected from the left wing to cut CJ's lead to 26-21. The Bulldogs answered and led by as many as 9 before halftime stopped play with the visitors leading 33-25.
Carl Junction opened the third period with a 10-2 push and never led by less than 12 points after that. The Wildcats struggled at the free throw line, missing the front end of two one-and-one situations when they desperately needed points to spark a comeback.
Satterlee's trey with 2:08 remaining put the punctuation mark on the win for the Bulldogs.
Cassville fell to 4-5 with the loss, while Carl Junction improved to 6-3.
Scoring for Cassville: Lowery, 20 points; Kirk, 8; Craig, 8; Jordan Shore, 5; Cole Beagle, 3; Marcus Weatherman and Logan Scott, 2.
Scoring for Carl Junction: Satterlee, 19 points; Matt Magee, 10; Gaige Crockett, 10; Travis Vogt, 8; Hunter McPherson, 7; Ryan Devore, 6; Cody Vogt, 5; Jay Thomas, 2; and Andrew Reed, 2.
The Wildcats continue conference play on Jan. 11 at Lamar. The Lady Wildcats host Mt. Vernon on Jan. 10. Both varsity contests are slated for a 6 p.m. tip.