Dealing with the heat
Cassville searching for answers with pressure
The week after climbing the mountain and winning the Southwest Holiday Tournament has been followed by consecutive losses for the Cassville girls basketball team.
On Friday, the Lady Wildcats (7-5) fell 60-48 to Purdy, and on Monday, the team dropped a 34-26 decision to McDonald County.
In both games, Cassville succumbed to the pressure of the opposing team.
"It's something that we have to keep working on," said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. "When other teams turn up the pressure, we have to speed up the ball and our decision-making process."
On Friday, the Lady Wildcats turned the ball over 27 times, compared to the Lady Eagles' 7 turnovers.
"We got beat in one category," Shore said. "Teams are going to bring pressure. The press Purdy ran was the same type of press we handled against Pea Ridge (Ark.). It's not like we hadn't seen it all season."
Shore said his team has to do a better job reversing the ball and attacking.
"We can't be afraid to attack a press," he said. "There were times we would have been better served to push the ball down the sidelines instead of trying to pass. These are the types of decisions that we have to make on the fly and that is what we will be practicing."
On Thursday, Cassville will welcome Mt. Vernon and a high-flying Lady Mountaineer offense into Wildcat Gym.
"They are good and can shoot the ball very well," Shore said. "We'll have a chance to see if we have grown any."
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.