Red-hot Lady Wildcats basketball await Lamar

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Cassville’s Hallie Long cuts to the basket for the lady Wildcats during varsity action last week. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Cassville in midst of 6-game win streak

Riding a six-game win streak and sporting a 16-3 record on the season, there is no doubt Cassville has put together one of the best seasons in the program’s history.

The Lady Wildcats are showing signs of improvement, which tells coach Chris Shore his team has not hit its ceiling.

Madi Stokes draws contact and a foul for Cassville in a win over Verona last week. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

“We are getting more out of our role players,” Shore said. “That’s what this team needs to do if we are going to beat a Carl Junction or a Webb City.”

A prime example of what Shore means occurred Jan. 23 in a win over Verona.

Cassville had struggled shooting on the floor and kept battling to maintain its double-digit cushion.

The visiting Lady Wildcats cut a 15-point lead to 9 and appeared to have a break-away to get an easy layup when Lauren Turner raced back to knock the ball away from the Verona shooter.

That stop allowed Cassville to reset its defense and get a needed stop. Turner then scored on the other end to push the lead back to 11 and promptly stole the in bounds pass and knocked down a short shot to establish a 13-point edge and effectively seal the game.

“[Turner] is tenacious,” Shore said. “Lauren only scored four points, but they were huge. When we talk about making contributions to wins. That is the effort and results we are looking for. We’ve been getting that from everyone and that has led to wins.”

Cassville faces a tough test on Tuesday, hosting Lamar.

A win against the Lady Tigers would keep the Lady Wildcats in the Big 8 Conference title race and give them a victory over a quality opponent.

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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