Wildcats embrace new size, speed

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Cassville's Josh Brown finds a crease to attack in the lane during a game last season. Brown will be a part of the Wildcats' new look this year. Chuck Nickle/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Cassville wants to speed the game up with new look

For the last four seasons, Cassville Wildcats Basketball Coach Danny Powers admits he has been spoiled with an interior size advantage over most teams.

Powers' squad used the versatility of 6'7" Ethan Lowery to create size mismatches.

With the departure of Lowery's imposing frame, the Wildcats are taking the summer season to install a new offense.

"The one thing we have in abundance is speed," Powers said. "We want to run a 4-out, 1-in, or 5-guard motion offense to create shots."

Powers' plan is to push the tempo and speed other teams up and try to cause as much havoc on the floor as possible.

Cassville has over 40 high school athletes participating in drills this offseason. The team has played in three different shoot-outs and competed in 12 games.

"Numbers wise, I have been very happy with our team," Powers said. "We have worked hard to lay the foundation for this new offense and defense this summer."

The goal for Powers this summer is to try to smooth out the rough edges and build a solid foundation to allow for an easier transition when the winter season comes around.

"Right now, it is about building the necessary structure to build a winning program," Powers said. "I think the boys are grasping the concepts. We are far from finished, but headed in the right direction."

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