Lady Wildcats reflect on positive growth

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Hallie Long brings the ball down the court for the Lady Wildcats during district championship action on Saturday. Jared Lankford

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The No. 3 seeded Lady Wildcats (17-10) hoops team made the most of their district tournament by dispatching Monett and Webb City before falling to state ranked Carl Junction, 57-26 in the championship game.

“Our girls never gave up,” said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. “I told the girls that at this stage you keep playing teams that are better than the previous round. It just happened that we played a team that was state ranked and we got beat by a team that was better than us tonight.”

Shore praised the Bulldogs’ ability to force turnovers and noted that Carl Junction was athletic all over the court. He also praised his team’s ability to fight through adversity to reach the title game.

“We were never able to get in any offensive rhythm,” Shore said. “I told the girls that this was not the first time a team struggled to do that against Carl Junction. They have been doing that to teams all season long. We deserved to be where we were tonight. We just got beat by a better team.”

Shore said his team’s growth this season made the title game run possible.

“We never stopped and they got what [the coaches] wanted them to do,” Shore said. “We improved in the little things and that helped us get hot here at the end.”

The Lady Wildcats graduate just two players, Kandace Wallace and Macey Parsons, off this team and return the bulk of their starters next season.

“Those two girls are survivors,” Shore said of his seniors. “They came in as a large group of eighth graders and now they are all that is left. I am very proud of them.”

Shore said with a good core coming back, the group needs to get stronger in the weight room and keep improving.

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