Lady Wildcats in midst of tough stretch
Coach believes team is improving, just need to remain patient
A second place finish at the Galena Tournament was not the ideal ending the Cassville girls basketball team had in mind.
The Lady Wildcats fell, 70-44 to Purdy, and as Coach Chris Shore knows, it was the first of four games in a murder's row of competition.
"After Purdy, we face Clever, Carl Junction East Newton and Aurora in a row," Shore said. "That is a tough road no matter how good your program. It just isn't that friendly."
Against the Lady Eagles, Cassville attempted to use the advantage of 6-2 sophomore Madi Stokes with a hi-low.
The plan had success until foul trouble sent Stokes to the bench.
"We have to be able to execute a Plan B when Plan A hits a snag," Shore said. "We have used a zone more this year in an attempt to limit the number of fouls."
Cassville trailed Purdy 15-12 at the end of the first quarter, but once Stokes went to the bench, the Lady Eagles responded with a 24-12 run that encompassed the entire second period.
Shore said his team must get stronger if they want to contend for a district title.
Scoring for Cassville against Purdy: Devyn Callahan, 12; Madi Stokes, 11; Ashlynn Howe, 7; Macey Parsons and Audra Brooks, 4 each; and Hallie Long and Kandace Wallace, 2 each
Cassville travles to East Newton on Thursday. Feb. 11.