Wildcats seeking winning formula

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Ethan Hoppes drives to the basket during action at the Southwest Holiday Tournament. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Cassville begins new year with Southwest on Friday

A fourth place finish was not ideal for Cassville at Southwest, especially after a 69-48 win over Galena to open tourney play.

In a 65-48 semifinal setback to the eventual champion Gravette (Ark.), the Wildcats struggled with the Lions’ length and transition speed that same recipe led to another loss in the the third place game to East Newton, 77-58, on Friday.

Cassville still has an identity crisis when it comes to its half court offense, as the Wildcats struggle to get quality interior looks. Stamina has also been an issue, especially in the second half. The Wildcats only trailed Gravette 30-24 at halftime and still had a chance to make a run at East Newton in the third quarter, only to miss the opportunity.

The first opportunity to work on its offense is Friday as they host Southwest. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

Scoring for Cassville against East Newton: DJ White, 23; Ethan Hoppes, 19; Jarrod Wallace, 6; Luke Lowery, 4; Derek Christy, 3; Austin Wilson, 3;

White and Hoppes were both named to the All-Tournament Team.

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