Cassville hoops team seeking path to hardwood success

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Gabe Kirk tries to make a difficult pass look easy during Wildcats action at the Southwest Holiday Tournament. Jared Lankford/

New offense a work in progress for Cassville

Cassville boys basketball Coach Danny Powers has already worn out the path in front of his bench walking up and down the floor giving instructions to his Wildcat team this season.

Powers scrapped his offense in the off-season in order to install a motion system that better-suited the talent he had returning.

There have been growing pains, and the coach admits the transition to the new style has been slower that he would like, but he expected some growing pains.

"We knew that we were going to be undersized this season," Powers said. "The kids are learning to compete in a new system. If we can't get turnovers off our defensive pressure, scoring is a struggle."

Cassville is still learning the intricacies of the five-guard motion offense.

"We aren't closing out of shooters or rebounding as well as we need to," Powers said. "Offensively, we have got to create mismatches and then recognize them and attack."

Cassville split its first two games of the Southwest Holiday Tournament, falling to Pea Ridge and defeating Wheaton. The results of the third game were not available at press time. However, Powers already has a plan for the rest of this week.

"We have got to focus on the little things and make them better," he said. "From our shot selection to ball control to effort and intensity, we have room for improvement."

The Wildcats return to regular season action on Jan. 6 at Southwest. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

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