Cassville forward focused

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Cassville’s Luke Lowery blocks the shot of Purdy’s Jose Sanchez during varsity action at Cassville on Friday. Jared Lankford/

‘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.

Ethan Hoppes looks for an open target during basketball action on Friday. Jared Lankford/

“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.

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