Bulldogs put the bite on Cassville, 69-48

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Double team Chuck Nickle Photography Cassville's Ethan Lowery, at left, and Ty Craig converge to defend a Carl Junction player on Jan. 4.

The Carl Junction Bulldogs overwhelmed the Cassville Wildcats with speed and quickness and claimed a 69-48 Big 8 Conference victory at Cassville on Jan. 4.

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.

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