Cassville drops home opener to Monett

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Chuck Nickle Photography Hard charging Cassville junior Raeghan Blisard makes a moves to get past Monett's Brooke McLean during the Lady Wildcats' game on Dec. 12.

The Monett Lady Cubs coaxed 25 points out of the cold rims at Cassville on Thursday, Dec. 12, and escaped with a one-point win over their Highway 37 rivals. It was a frustrating loss for the Lady Wildcats.

Low score, great game.

With only a single field goal to show for an entire quarter's work, Cassville's girls had the look of a fighter on the ropes. But coach Chris Shore's team battled back from the 5-2 deficit to claim a 14-13 lead at halftime.

14-13? Halftime?

It was a seriously poor offensive half for both teams, a half that tested the desire and determination of all players involved. Neither team scored for over three minutes to start the contest, and Monett's 5-2 lead made soccer look like a high-scoring sport in comparison.

Raeghan Blisard took over the game in the second quarter, scoring 8 points and pushing Cassville to the halftime lead.

But after the offensive fireworks in the second quarter, someone closed the lids on the peach baskets again. Monett scored 4 points in the third inning, but held Cassville to just 2, and the Lady Cubs held a 17-16 lead at the final break.

Blisard came alive again to pull the Lady Wildcats back in front. She opened the quarter's scoring with a half-court steal and driving layup, then added a snowbird just seconds later off a Monett turnover.

Cassville led 20-17 with 7:06 to play.

Mackenzie Braden pulled Monett within a point with a bucket in the paint, but Blisard swished a fadeaway jumper from the right wing to give Cassville a 22-19 lead.

Monett tied the game at 22-22 on a Kourtney Easter free throw and a score in the paint by Kelsey Wiseman.

Easter hit a front-end free throw to give Monett a 23-22 lead with 1:28 to play, but Britani Long banked in a shot from the right block to put Cassville back in front.

In a pressure-packed moment, Monett found the strength to finish. Freshman guard Emily Krueger ripped the cords with a laser from the left wing, and the Lady Cubs took a 25-24 lead with just 13 seconds remaining.

After a timeout with just two ticks left on the clock, Blisard's desperate jumper hit off the front rim as the horn sounded.

"We played well defensively, but struggled shooting the ball," said Shore after the contest. "I was proud of their effort."

Cassville scorers: Raeghan Blisard, 16; Britani Long, 5; Macey Parsons, 3.

Monett scorers: Emily Krueger, 5; Brooke McLean, 5; Haylee Morris, 4; Kelsey Wiseman, 4; Faith Schmidt, 2; Mackenzie Braden, 2; Kourtney Easter, 2; Lauren Brown, 1.

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