Wildcats brace for offseason

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Josh Brown gets in close to score for the Wildcats this season. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

Coach: Team struggled with new system, help is on the way

For the first quarter of the district tournament opener, the Wildcats basketball team looked like they could pull off an opening-round upset of Carthage.

Cassville's Mason Loveland attempts a shot for the Wildcats during the district tournament. Jared Lankford sports@cassville-democrat.com

However, the second and third quarters watched Cassville stall and Carthage pull steadily away for a 75-46 victory.

Cassville Coach Danny Powers knew this season would be difficult, as the Wildcats transitioned to an up-tempo, outside-in offense. While he would have like to have had more wins, he thinks the team is headed in the right direction.

"The last few seasons, our big post players hid a lot of our weaknesses," Powers said. "This year, they were exposed. Our guys that are returning saw that and know that we have to fix those areas if we want to win."

Seeing the problems and fixing them are two different animals, but Powers believes his team is dedicated to getting better.

"I think our guys returning are committed to getting

better," Powers said. "If they weren't, they would have quit earlier this season."

Powers knows that his team will again lack size next season, but Cassville is gaining more athletes to go with veterans that are already familiar with his system.

"This summer, we are going to hit the gym and try to put some more muscle on," Powers said. "Our camp and summer leagues will be critical to team development. Our future is bright, but the wins just won't be handed to us. We'll still have to earn them."

Powers thanked his seniors for their hard work and dedication and knows that they will be missed in the future.

"You hate to say goodbye to guys that have been with you for four years," Powers said. "These guys were great about keeping things relaxed ad just going on the floor and having fun."

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