Lady Wildcats advance to district semifinal

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Cassville's Devyn Callahan gets fouled while driving to the basket during district action Monday. Jared Lankford

Cassville overcomes sluggish start, rallies past McDonald County

The Cassville girls basketball team overcame a sluggish start, scoring only 1 point in the first quarter, to rally past McDonald County, 43-32, to open play in the Class 4, District 12 tournament in Carthage on Monday.

The Lady Wildcats (13-13) advance to the semifinal on Thursday at 4 p.m., where the No. 1 district seed and state-ranked No. 4 Carl Junction girls await.

"If you're going to lose, you want to lose to one of the best teams in the state," said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. "You really don't want to end your season losing a game that you were the better team."

The Lady Bulldogs are 23-2 on the season and trailed Cassville by 6 at the end of the first quarter on Feb 1. Although the Lady Bulldogs rallied for a 58-35 win, Shore said he does not plan to change his game plan much.

"We might tweak a thing here or there," Shore said. "But right now, the goal is to play with confidence and use the game plan that got us here."

The Lady Wildcats got off to a slow start against the Lady Mustangs, but rebounded with quarter totals of 15, 14 and 13 to earn the victory.

"We were flat to start the game and dug a hole," Shore said. "As a coach, you'd prefer not to have to dig out of double-digit deficits to start games."

Cassville's first lead did not come until the 1:29 mark of the third quarter on a short jump shot by Hallie Long.

"I think we were a little nervous to start the game," said Madi Stokes, Cassville sophomore. "Thursday we shouldn't have any pressure. We just have to show up and play."

Scoring for the Lady Wildcats: Long, 18; Ashlynn Howe, 13; Devyn Callahan, 10; and Makenzy Durossette, 2.

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