Wildcats off to solid start
Cassville to host foe Purdy Friday
Entering the week, the Cassville boys basketball team was 3-2 on the season and showing signs of major progress.
In his third season at the helm, Barrett Milleson, Cassville coach, has had to become creative with his lineup.
“We are yet to play a game and be fully healthy,” Milleson said. “Skyler [Wolf] and Trey [Dalton] have both been out with injuries and they are starters.”
Wolf suffered a knee injury the first day of winter practice, and Dalton is recovering from an ACL injury. Milleson said he was hopeful both players could return to the floor by the first of the year.
“If there is a silver lining in all of this, it is the fact we have had to rely on our bench and force those guys to play,” Milleson said. “Ethan Hoppes is averaging 18 points, and DJ White is giving us 17 points a night, and when we get those other guys back, we are going to be a deeper and better squad.”
Milleson pointed out that three years ago, when he arrived at Cassville, it seemed like the Wildcats either won in nail-biting fashion or were blown out and lost by 30.
“Through five games this year, I can say we are stronger,” Milleson said. “That has come from those middle school kids that we had now being juniors and sophomores. We have won our three games by 8 or more, and the two that we lost were by 3 and 2 points.
“That tells me we are headed in the right direction. I don’t think we have completely turned the corner, but we can at least see it.”
On Friday, the Wildcats host Barry County foe Purdy.
The Eagles opened the season with four straight wins before dropping back-to-back contests to East Newton and Perryville (Ark.).
“They are as talented of a team as you will find in any level in this area,” Milleson said. “Tyler [Keeler] and Hunter [Cook] are know commodities for what they can do with the ball. Now, they have the Monett transfer in [Colt] Keeling and they are even better. We will have our hands full for sure.”
Milleson said the main key for Cassville will be to control the pace of play and to make sure the Eagles work for everything.
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.