Cassville forward focused
‘Cats still trying to get healthy
With the Southwest Holiday Tournament right around the corner, the Wildcats holiday wish list list is simple — get healthy and get better.
At 3-4 on the season, Cassville has dropped its last two games, including an 80-61 decision to Purdy on Friday.
“You know, you have to credit Purdy,” said Barrett Milleson, Cassville coach. “I said coming into the game that they were a tough team and you can’t think about them being Class 2. They hit shots. I think we defended well, but they shot the ball better than we defended.”
Cassville came out red hot and opened up and 11-2 lead on Purdy, but had to settle for a 19-17 advantage at the end of the first.
The Eagles battled in the second and took a 36-33 edge into halftime.
In the third period, Purdy outscored the Wildcats 26-12 to take a 61-45 lead.
“We are missing two of our starters,” Milleson said. “I think that showed tonight, Not taking anything away from Purdy. They played a great game, but the key for us is to get those guys back and keep moving forward.”
Scoring for Cassville: Ethan Hoppes, 25; D.J. White, 11; Jarrod Wallace, 8; Luke Lowery, 4; Evan Kessinger, 4; Austin Wilson, 3 and Hayden Sink, 2.
Scoring for Purdy: Colt Keeling, 27; Tyler Keeler, 19; Hunter Cook, 12; Jose Sanchez, 11; Stephens 6 and Young, 5.