Lady 'Cats to tip season Monday
Cassville to tweak approach on offense this season
For years, Chris Shore made a living making other teams work on defense.
Shore, Cassville girls basketball coach, did not mind if possessions lasted 30 or more seconds. His philosophy was, work until you got a good, high-percentage shot.
In reality, Shore had to run this type of offense because it fit the types of players that he had on his team.
This year, things are changing for the Lady Wildcats' coach and team. With three starters returning from a 12-15 squad, which advanced to the district semifinal last season, Shore believes it is time to speed things up.
"We are looking to change things up a little bit by playing a little more up tempo," Shore said. "This group has a lot of potential but has to play hard every night and be more mentally tough."
The Lady Wildcats will be without Raeghan Blisard and Brooke Fields, starters who graduated last year.
Returning starters for Cassville this season are Devyn Callahan and Macey Parsons, juniors; and Madi Stokes, sophomore.
Callahan averaged 8.7 points, 2 assists and 2 steals last season.
"Devyn is two-year starter," Shore said. "She is an athletic guard with a
much-improved jump shot."
Parsons averaged 5.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest last year.
Shore said Parsons has the ability to post up players inside or step out and knock down a jump shot.
Stokes, at 6-2, is easy to spot on the floor. She averaged 9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3 blocks per game as a freshman.
"Madi is a game-changer inside defensively," Shore said. "She has unlimited potential."
Also returning for the Lady Wildcats are Kaliegh Gorski, Hallie Long, Lindsey Halterman, Makenzy Durossette and Kandace Wallace.
Gorski, a junior, was hampered by injuries to start last season, but came back in time to be the Lady Wildcats' top 3-point shooter.
Long, was the team's top defender as a freshman, according to Shore. This year, Cassville looks for her to become an outside shooting threat.
Halterman, a senior, has worked hard to develop a 3-point shot for Cassville, according to her coach.
Durossette, a senior, will give Stokes a break in the post this season.
Wallace, a junior, has her coach believing she could become the team's best outside shooter.
The Lady Wildcats open the season on the road at Heritage High School in Rogers, Ark. The first home game for Cassville is set for Dec. 8 with Sarcoxie.