Lady Wildcats hoopsters 
seeking experience

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Cassville's Raeghan Blisard was the Lady Wildcats' leading scorer last season. With an injury sidelining her this summer and a young group comprising the team make-up, experience will be at a premium. Chuck Nickle/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Summer spent on team building, conditioning

Young and talented is how Cassville girls basketball Coach Chris Shore chose to describe his team this summer.

But with youth also comes one other problem, varsity inexperience.

"We spent a lot of time this summer working on fundamentals," Shore said. "We spent more time in the weight room, and the girls were eager in practice. Our open gyms were well attended."

Shore took his young team to the Purdy Shootout and helped them host the 19th annual Sports World Summer Shootout.

The Lady Wildcats played a grueling schedule in June, including 18 games in one seven-day stretch.

"There is a big difference between middle school and high school basketball," Shore said. "We needed these girls to come together quickly and experience the high school pace in order to help us win."

Shore's team did experience one major setback when senior Raeghan Blisard tore her ACL in a non-basketball related event.

"That is a big loss for us," Shore said. "Raeghan is such a valuable resource. She is a competitor, but more importantly a leader on the floor."

With a solid group of freshmen, including a 6-2 center, the future is bright for the black and gold.

"This summer and this season will be dedicated to doing the little things right," Shore said. "We can't hope to win, until we learn to play as a team."

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