Lady Wildcats in midst of tough stretch

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Cassville's Kandace Wallace looks for someone to pass the ball to during varsity action. Cole Jackson Special to the Cassville Democrat

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.

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