Lady Wildcats face top seed Thursday in district play

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Cassville's Madi Stokes battles for a loose ball rebound during the Lady Wildcats' 45-43 win over Carthage on Monday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville upsets Carthage, 45-43

WEBB CITY -- The Cassville girls basketball team is settling into the underdog role at the district tournament. Cassville extended its season on Monday with and upset win, and the Lady Wildcats will play the underdog role again on Thursday as they face No. 1 McDonald County.

For three quarters of Monday night's Class 4, District 12 girls basketball tournament game, the No. 5 Lady Wildcats had limited their mistakes and built a 34-20 lead over No. 4 Carthage.

Macey Parson connects on a short jump shot during the Lady Wildcats victory in district play over Carthage. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville Coach Chris Shore was pleased with his team's effort over the first 24 minutes, but knew the game was far from over.

"We knew that [Carthage] was going to make a run at us in the fourth quarter," Shore said. "I kept telling the girl to stay ahead. We did enough things right to hang on in the end."

Carthage turned up the heat in the fourth quarter and sliced the 14-point advantage in half in the first 74 seconds of the period. Five minutes later, they pulled to within 40-38.

Devyn Callahan, a sophomore, was nails in the final 1:46 of the game, hitting four huge free throws to stem the Carthage rush. She finished with 14 points.

"Devyn is our best clutch free throw shooter," Shore said. "We don't win tonight if she doesn't hit those shots."

Cassville jumped out to a 16-8 advantage at the end of the first period and took a 21-14 edge into the intermission. Shore told his team at the break that the third quarter would be the key to the game.

"Once we get a lead in games, we try to break the remaining time down into pieces," Shore said. "I told them at halftime, we had to win the third quarter to win the game."

Madi Stoke finished with 9 points and Raeghan Blisard chipped in 8 points to help the Cassville cause.

Maya Williams led Carthage with 19.

The Lady Wildcats advance to face No. 1 McDonald County on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Webb City.

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