Crowds, plays pushing Wildcats

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The Cassville High School student section was raucous at Friday's Tip-Off game against Pierce City, with CHS ESPN leading the group in cheers. Kyle Troutman

Team builds momentum heading into season's final month

With Lamar and Aurora on the Cassville boys basketball schedule on Friday and Tuesday respectively, the Wildcats know they have their work cutout for them.

"Every game we play is bigger than the previous," said Barrett Milleson, Cassville boys coach. "Right now our goal is to get some momentum as we head toward that district tournament."

Cassville's Ethan Hoppes rises up over a trio of Pierce City defenders for a shot during the Wildcats' 51-47 win over the Eagles on Friday. Kyle Troutman

Milleson pointed to the Tipoff Homecoming victory over Pierce City as proof that his team has improved.

"Our ball movement was crisper and decision making was better," Milleson said. "The assistant coaches and i pulled take from our games we played to start the season and the difference in our play was night and day."

The coach also praised the efforts of the crowd and fan support on Friday.

"Our guys fed off their energy," Milleson said. "We hope our fans can bring that emotion every night. It helped us win the game."

The Wildcats defense has been their strength all season according to their coach. It is the area that has been the most consistent.

Offensively, the team is now meeting the coach's expectations.

"We knew that there would be a big learning curve this season," Milleson said. "Our basketball IQ has grown and the boys are seeing and implementing what we want them to do every day."

Cassville's Kane Kellner focuses on making a free throw during the Wildcats' 51-47 win over the Eagles on Friday. Kyle Troutman

Milleson said that as long as the players are buying in and giving their best effort, he is fine with the outcome of the games.

The atmosphere was electric at Cassville High School's Tip-Off game Friday. Junior and CHS ESPN front-man Jake Whitham, center, leads the Cassville student section in the "I believe that we will win" chant in the last minute of Cassville's 51-47 victory over Pierce City. Kyle Troutman
Cassville's Tyler Arndt tries to skirt around a Pierce City defender during the Wildcats' 51-47 win over the Eagles on Friday. Kyle Troutman
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