Lady Wildcats aims for next step as districts approach

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Hallie Long gets fouled during varsity action at Monett on Monday. Jared Lankford/

District title drive begins on Monday

It all begins Monday night.

The Cassville girls hoops team has unfinished business from last year, and this year, a district title is squarely on the Lady Wildcats’ mind.

Cassville enters the six-team field with a bit of a chip on its shoulder as the No. 3 seed.

Cassville is 19-4, yet was still seeded behind Webb City, at 10-12.

Normally, it does not matter much if a team is a No. 2 or a No. 3 seed, but in a six-team bracket, the results mean that the Lady Wildcats will not get a first-round bye and will be forced to play an extra round if they want to hoist the championship trophy.

“I think it boiled down to common opponents,” said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. “We lost to Fair Grove and they beat them. Also, they had some close losses. They lost to Carl Junction by 2, and they play in a tough conference. It is what it is. We hope to go and prove the seeds wrong.”

Carl Junction earned the No. 1 seed, followed by Webb City, Cassville, Monett, Aurora and McDonald County.

Action begins on Monday with Monett and Aurora at 6 p.m., followed by the lady Wildcats and Lady Mustangs at 7:30.

The Monett-Aurora winner plays Carl Junction on Thursday at 4 p.m., followed by the Cassville-McDonald County winner playing Webb City.

“I hope our girls don’t put too much pressure on themselves playing at home,” Shore said. “We are happy to be at home, and hopefully, will have a large crowd to cheer us on.”

The Lady Wildcats are heading into districts with some momentum in the form of a 58-46 victory.

Leading scorers for the Lady Wildcats were Hallie Long, 19; Madi Stokes, 18; and Audra Brooks, 10. Other scorers were not reported.

The Lady Wildcats improved to 24-4 on the season and finished 6-1 in the Big 8 Conference.

The championship is set for Saturday at 6 p.m.

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