Cassville girls making strides

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Raeghan Blisard knocks down a jumpshot for the Lady Wildcats in a win over Monett last week. Robyn Poyner Special to the Cassville Democrat

Lady Wildcats spurred on by rout of Monett

Cassville Coach Chris Shore had been waiting for that right game or moment.

He knew that his Lady Wildcats squad was loaded with talent, but they were missing a key ingredient -- confidence.

On Thursday, the Lady Wildcats got the shot of confidence it needed with a 56-22 win over Monett.

"We were able to use our depth and get up and down the floor," Shore said. "We didn't do as good of a job on the first half as we did in the second half."

Cassville might have started the game like a snowball at the top of the mountain, but it quickly reached avalanche-level destruction by the game's conclusion.

"We are still missing some easy shots, but we made some major strides tonight," Shore said.

The Lady Wildcats only turned the ball over four times, 17 fewer than their previous game.

Cassville freshman Maddie Stokes towers over Monett's Lauren Brown during the Lady Wildcats' win over Monett last week. Stokes finished the game with 14 points and 6 blocks. Robyn Poyner Special to the Cassville Democrat

"I know we are going to get better as the season goes along," Shore said. "I've seen major improvement after every game. Tonight, we got a needed shot of confidence. We had been a little unsure of ourselves, but tonight will go along ways to helping that."

Cassville had three players reach double-figures in scoring against Monett. Raeghan Blisard and Devyn Callahan scored

13 points each.

Freshman Maddie Stokes broke out to lead all scorers with 14 points. Stokes also collected six blocks, three coming on one Lady Cub possession.

"Tonight was a breakout night for her," Shore said. "She had been struggling, but tonight, you could see her gain confidence with each shot and possession."

Shore has high expectations for the 6-2 freshman.

"We've been working on her going straight up on defense," he said. "But, I think she'll be a good one."

Cassville hosts Diamond Thursday night.

"We just need to keep rebounding and get better in our core fundamentals," Shore said. "For the most part, we took a step forward tonight and we need to keep that trend up."

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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