Wildcats have work to do

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
D.J. White and the Wildcats basketball team host the Class 4, District 10 tournament, which opens for the girls on Monday and the boys on Tuesday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville hosts district hoops tourney on Tuesday

Ideally the sixth-seeded team in a six-team field is not the place a squad wants to find itself.

The Cassville boys basketball team is precisely in that position as it enters the Class 4, District 10 tournament on Tuesday against McDonald County. However, this season’s field is different. At the time of the seed meeting, no team in the group had a winning record.

Webb City, who secured the No. 1 overall seed was 11-11. Cassville, at the time of the meeting, had only played the Mustangs and Aurora, and while both games resulted in losses, 53-37 and 62-52, the games were closer than the final score indicated.

In short, even though they are a six-seed, the Wildcats are anything but an easy-out. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

One key factor for Cassville is that the Wildcats have home court advantage. Cassville is one halfcourt short from being 4-3 at home, but there is no doubt the ‘Cats are a tougher team with the crowd behind them.

Webb City took the top seed, followed by Carl Junction. Both teams earned an automatic bye into the semifinals.

The Mustangs earned the No. 3 seed, followed by Monett as the No. 4 and Aurora as the No. 5.

Hoops action tips off on Tuesday and Monett and Aurora battle at 6 p.m. The winner plays Webb City at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The Mustangs and Wildcats tip at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday with the winner playing Carl Junction at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The championship is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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