Lady 'Cats look ahead to next year

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Ashlynn Howe loads up for a shot for the Lady Wildcats. Jared Lankford

Cassville wants more grit to compete in tough Big 8 Conference

Coach Chris Shore does not have many regrets with the way his Cassville girls basketball team performed this season.

He knew coming in that the team was still young and learning to play the game and play it together. Cassville's season ended with a 57-28 loss to Carl Junction in the Class 4, District 12 semifinal on Thursday. By Friday morning, Shore had set his focus on next year.

"I did feel like there were a couple of games that we should have won, but that got away from us," Shore said. "I am still proud of the way we fought, but there is always room for improvement if we want to make our way to the top of the league."

Shore felt like the Lady Wildcats improved in their shooting from the floor, especially over the last third of the season.

"There is always room for improvement when it comes to shooting," he said. "Defensively, we have to develop more grit. We have a great group of nice girls. Sometimes, nice doesn't cut it when you are on the defensive end."

If Cassville hopes to compete with Aurora, Mt. Vernon and Carl Junction the Lady Wildcats must become defensive-minded, according to Shore.

The Lady Wildcats move forward without two seniors in Lindsey Halterman and Makenzy Durossette.

"Lindsey did everything we asked of her this season," Shore said. "She didn't see much varsity time, but she did a good job running our practice squad to get us ready for game night. She also helped motivate from our bench. She was a great team player."

Durossette was tasked to guard the opposing team's second-best player. Shore said her hustle and ability to handle the little things made her a valuable asset to the team.

"If we have the resolve, we can be successful next season," Shore said. "We have shown the ability to play well in spurts. Now, we just need to extend that to entire games."

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