Wildcats need balance to advance

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Noah Hadlow, a sophomore at Cassville High School, battles with a Seneca player for a loose ball during varsity action last week. The Wildcats are going to need the same intensity in order to advance in the district playoffs. Chuck Nickle Photography

Playing within themselves is big key for Cassville

The Cassville Wildcats enter the Class 4, District 11 tourney at Republic with a "nothing to lose attitude."

Cassville earned the fourth seed and a first round matchup with Aurora on Tuesday.

"We have to play our game," said Danny Powers, Cassville boys basketball head coach. "At this stage of the season, every team knows your strengths and weakness. You have to be playing your best in order to advance."

The Wildcats feel like they have an added bonus with a full week to prepare for the Houn' Dawgs, a team that they defeated 56-54 on Feb. 11.

"I think the extra practice time will give us opportunities to work on a couple of our weaknesses," Powers said. "We'll probably throw in a couple of wrinkles to our scheme to try to confuse Aurora."

The Wildcats offense flows through senior post player Ethan Lowrey .

"We have a tendency to want to speed up and not run through our progressions on offense," Powers said. "We have to get Ethan involved in the action early in order to get a rhythm."

Cassville expects a physical game with Houn' Dawgs.

"Aurora has several big bodies they can put in their lineup," Powers said. "We have to keep them off the glass and limit their possessions."

Cassville opens tourney play at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, immediately followed by the West Plains against Reeds Spring game. The semifinals are slated for next Thursday, with Republic entertaining the Cassville-Aurora winner at 6 p.m. and Logan-Rogersville gets the West Plains against Reeds Spring victor.

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