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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Cassville senior Madi Stokes signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin next season. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville’s Stokes inks with MSSU hoops

At 6-3, Cassville standout hoops player Madi Stokes is easy to spot in a crowd.

That is precisely the reason Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in Joplin coveted the Lady Wildcats senior.

“Madi will give us some added size at 6-3 with good hands and a nice soft touch around the basket,” said Ronnie Ressel, MSSU coach.

Stokes, surrounded by family and friends, recently signed the dotted line to play hoops next season for the Lady Lions.

The senior chose MSSU over Crowder College simply because the school had more to offer Stokes in terms of her degree field and education.

At Cassville, Stokes has averaged 12.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. She became the first Lady Wildcat to record her 1,000th career point during her junior campaign.

“She has been the cornerstone,” said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. “We kind of built everything around what she brought to the table defensively first, and now her offensive production has come on.”

Stokes said the game has been a learning experience for her.

“The hardest thing to learn has been not kick the ball out to a teammate, but going up and scoring,” Stokes said. “Also going up strong on defense and not fouling.”

Shore said that Stokes will not have to face as many double-teams in college, but will have to continue to be strong with the ball.

Stokes is the daughter of Travis Stokes and Laura Stueven. She plans to major in radiology.

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