Looking at the silver lining

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Hallie Long drives the baseline for the Lady Wildcats this season. Long leads Cassville into the Galena Tournament on Thursday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville sees setback as chance to spring forward

With an opening-round Galena Tournament game against Southwest looming on Thursday, the Cassville girls basketball team enters the eight-team field with hope of a title.

The Lady Wildcats, 10-3, dropped a 60-39 contest to Mt. Vernon on Friday in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.

“We were only down one at half time and even a second quarter lead,” said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. “Through three quarters, we were neck-in-neck. Mt. Vernon is a team that likes to wear you down, and that’s what they did to us. We gave up some cheap points, and the game was much closer than the score showed.”

The Lady Wildcats are focusing on the positives from the game and feel like they can still be a special team.

“Defensively, we held the Lady Mountaineers to their second-lowest scoring output of the season. Only Kickapoo held them to fewer,” Shore said. “Audra Brooks played outstanding on the defensive end for us. All season she has been outstanding, and Friday was no different.”

Shore pointed to the fact that every Lady Wildcat that played scored against Mt. Vernon.

“When a team can’t stop Madi [Stokes], we get her the ball,” Shore said. “But we have had several others step up and prove that they can make shots as well. We saw that Friday.”

As the Lady Wildcats prepare for the Galena tournament, Shore said they will need every bit of learned experience to help them if they want a tourney title.

“We could see a Forsyth or Hollister in the semifinal, and both of those teams are tough,” Shore said. “Reeds Spring or Wheaton could be waiting in the title game. This won’t be easy, but I think we’ll be ready.”

Tipoff for Cassville is set for 6 p.m.

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