Quick starts fueling Lady Wildcats

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Audra Brooks ties up a Reeds Spring player on the floor to get the ball back for the Lady Wildcats during varsity action Monday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville showing depth on floor

Two scoring runs, one to start the first period and one that encompassed the third period, set the stage for Cassville's 50-20 girls basketball win over Reeds Spring on Monday.

The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and ended the first frame with a 16-6 advantage, then scored the first 23 points of the third quarter to open up a 50-17 advantage in the fourth period.

Hallie Long drives to the basket for the Lady Wildcats during their win over Reeds Spring on Monday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

"Coach [Chris] Shore tells us every game that we have to start each half strong," said Madi Stokes, junior center. "Tonight, we got rolling in the third quarter and didn't stop."

Stokes led the way for the Lady Wildcats with 18 points, but equally as impressive for Shore was the way the team stepped up their games in the second half.

"In our two losses this season, we were too sloppy with the ball and had way too many turnovers," Shore said. "Tonight, we had some times in the first half where we got loose with the ball, but the second half was great. Our bench played well and everyone contributed."

Shore also pointed to the fact that three players scored in double figures -- Stokes netter 18, and Kandace Wallace and Hallie Long each put up 12.

Also scoring for the Lady Wildcats were: Macey Parsons, 4; Audra Brooks, 3; and Ashlynn Howe, 1 points.

"We play Diamond on Thursday," Shore said. "I want us to build off of tonight's blueprint."

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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