Championship berth on the line

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Hallie Long gets to the basket for the lady Wildcats in their win over McDonald County on Monday. Jared Lankford/

Lady Wildcats eye upset in semifinals

With four minutes remaining in regulation, the Cassville girls basketball team looked tired in the Class 4, District 10 quarterfinal on Monday night.

The Lady Wildcats let a double-digit lead over McDonald County be whittled to a 41-37 margin, and the game was in the balance.

Alondra Miller gets fouled as she moves toward the basket during district action on Monday. Jared Lankford/

However, the leadership of the Cassville seniors showed, as they scored the final 12 points of the game to give the Lady Wildcats a 53-37 victory and punch a ticket to the semifinal on Thursday.

“I knew this was going to be an ugly game,” said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. “That’s what McDonald County does and does well, make teams play ugly. They won several games late in the season, even beat Monett. I was nervous before this game for that reason.”

With the victory in hand, Cassville now turns its full attention to Webb City in the semifinal.

“They play a completely different style than McDonald County,” Shore said. “They get up and guard you, pressure full court, like to shoot the 3-pointer and rebound hard on the offensive glass. We are going to have to be at our best.”

Shore said his team enters the game with no pressure.

“We got a little fatigued tonight and that’s my fault, but come Thursday, we are just going to go play our game,” Shore said. “We have the game here and we know our fans will show up and support us. Whatever happens will happen.”

Cassville never trailed against the Lady Mustangs. They led 15-5 at the end of the first quarter and 26-15 at halftime.

In the early rounds of district play, it was Aurora who upset Monett, 61-55. The Lady Houn’ Dawgs play Carl Junction at 4 p.m. Thursday, immediately followed by Cassville and Webb City.

Scoring for Cassville: Madi Stokes, 14; Hallie Long, 11; Madry McCrackin, 10; Lauren Turner, 7; Ashlynn Howe, 5; Audra Brooks, 3; and Alondra Miller, 2.

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