Cassville moves to hoops off-season

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Colin Pearman puts up a shot for the Wildcats during district action at McDonald County High School. Jared Lankford sports@cassville-democrat.com

Wildcats look to next year after district upset

The hoops season for the Cassville boys ended a little quicker than the team and Cassville coach Barrett Milleson had hoped.

The no. 4 seeded Wildcats bowed out of the Class 4, District 10 tournament last Tuesday with a 47-43 loss to No. 5 seed McDonald County.

“They hit shots and we didn’t,” Milleson said. “They earned it. They played well and built to the moment. Our guys that usually score well just didn’t get it done tonight and it ended up costing up the game.”

The Wildcats led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter and 19-16 at halftime. In the second half the Mustangs fought back and took a 33-32 lead with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Cassville took a brief lead in the fourth quarter, but the Mustangs built a five-point advantage and hit their free throws down the stretch.

“We still earned 13 wins on a team that is primarily built on sophomores and freshmen,” Milleson said. “We are moving in the right direction. It’s just too bad that it had to end tonight. We beat them earlier in the year. We talked all week about how none of that mattered and you can’t overlook opponents.”

As the Wildcats transition into the off-season, the team is focused on just staking the next step in growth.

“Our younger kids have to get bigger, faster, stronger and more mature,” Milleson said. “I think they will as they naturally get older. A lot of those kids are football kids and they will get stronger. Good basketball teams find ways to win close games and I think we will too.”

Milleson said he told his seniors how proud he was of them and the legacy they left for the younger players to aspire to achieve.

Scoring for the Wildcats: Collin Pearman, 19; Ethan Hoppes, 12; Luke Lowery, 4; D.J. White, 2

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