Lady Wildcats seeking big results

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Cassville junior Hallie Long looks to lead the Lady Wildcats to the top of the Big 8 this season. Jared Lankford/

Cassville aims to compete for Big 8 title

This could be a great season for the Cassville girls basketball team.

With a healthy mix of veteran players and talented newcomers, the Lady Wildcats are primed to improved upon a 14-13 campaigns a season ago.

"This team showed flashes of greatness last season," said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. "We just weren't consistent. I think our chemistry is good, and the kids had a great offseason. They are hungry to prove themselves."

Cassville will be without the services of Makenzy Durossette and Lindsey Halterman, both lost to graduation and leaders of the team with solid defensive play a season ago.

Offensively, the Lady Wildcats return a solid core of production, headed by 6-3 junior Madi Stokes, who sports an 11 points per game average. Stokes used her size a season ago to also average 8.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.

Hallie Long, a 5-8 junior, averaged 6.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists a season ago and looks to contribute even more this year.

"We are going to be better this year than we have been in the past," Long said. "Most of our team from last season is coming back. One of our main goals for this season is to play as a team."

Ashlynn Howe, a 5-6 junior guard, chipped in 4.6 points and 3 rebounds per contest last year.

A trio of seniors in Macey Parsons, Kandace Wallace and Kaileigh Gorski

will be asked to lead the team and bring the unit together.

Parsons and Wallace combined to score 9.9 points and grab 6.4 rebounds a season ago.

Senior Tori Cole, along with juniors Audra Brooks and Kaylee Reibert, join sophomores Briana Hemphill, Avery Brown, Callie Beagle and freshman Madry McCrackin to round out this year's roster.

The Lady Wildcats open the season at home against Pierce City on Nov. 21. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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