Lady Wildcats roar into Purdy Friday after victory over Wheaton
Cassville buoyed by Southwest tourney title
It was clear early on in the tournament to fans that Cassville's girls team had a great chance to secure its second consecutive title at the Southwest Holiday Tournament.
On Friday, the Lady Wildcats fulfilled those suspicions with a 55-32 victory over Wheaton.
“I say we took care of business,” said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. “In the past, we had a tendency to be flat during some of the early games, but we played well all three games and the girls got the job done.”
The Lady Wildcats dispatched Southwest 50-15 to open tourney play and then bested Galena, 49-23.
Shore's squad showed the ability to run effective offense in the half court with 6-3 Madi Stokes scoring at will over the shorter post players. The Lady Wildcats were also able to put in a four-guard line up and work on pushing the ball up the floor.
“We have to be able to slow the ball down and run in transition,” Shore said. “We worked on both at Southwest and had success with both. Against Wheaton, they wanted to push the ball so we slowed it down and got it to Madi. Against Southwest and Galena we pushed the ball and forced them to move faster than they wanted to.”
For her efforts, Stokes was named the Cassville Democrat Tournament MVP.
“Madi has come a long way just this season,” Shore said. “She is playing through contact and has gotten stronger and more aggressive with the ball. One thing I saw this week was our team being unselfish with the ball and not caring who scored. We played team ball.”
As the Lady Wildcats head into the new year Shore said the plan for improvement is simple.
“We need to continue to improve on our offensive execution,” Shore said. “The same goes for our defense. Even though we are playing pretty well, there is always something that we can do better.”
The All-Tournament team consisted of: Alyia Prewitt, Wheaton; Audra Brooks, Cassville; Mary Yocum, Galena; Julia Grant, Exeter; Shelby Strailey, Reeds Spring; Hallie Long, Cassville; Megan Caulfield, Galena; Tori Goostree, Wheaton; Hallie Mitchell, Wheaton; Kalena Asbill, Reeds Spring; MVP Stokes.
Cassville travels to Purdy on Friday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.