Smaller 'Cats coming up short

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Cassville's Tyler Arndt prepares to shoot against Carl Junction during varsity action on Friday. Jared Lankford/

Size advantage latest obstruction for Cassville

Even before the game with Carl Junction began on Friday, it was apparent that the Bulldogs had one undeniable advantage -- height at every position.

The undersized Wildcats battled valiantly and even held a 16-10 edge at halftime, holding the visitors to zero points in the second quarter before falling, 42-30.

Cassville's Josh Brown probes the defense as he looks for a lane to attack during varsity action on Friday. Jared Lankford/

"I am proud of the way our boys battled and especially how we played in the first half," said Danny Powers, Cassville coach. "Our execution got a little sloppy in the second half, but Carl Junction's size had a lot to do with that."

The Wildcats struggled to drive to the basket, and the first Bulldog foul was not called until the 2:27 mark of the third quarter.

Part of the problem was the absence of Gabe Kirk, who was unavailable Friday night for personal reasons.

One area Powers would like to see improvement is in hitting open looks. Cassville made the most of its chances in the first half against Carl Junction, but struggled in the second half.

"We knew it was going to be a challenge, but I think we found out a few things about ourselves," Powers said. "We battled when we could have given up. I think as we progress this season, we'll only get better. We have a wide open district, and anything is possible."

The Wildcats travel to Pierce City on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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