Lady ‘Cats fall back to fundamentals

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Kyren Postlewait drives to the the basket for the Lady Wildcats during varsity action on Friday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville goes cold in loss to Purdy

Growing pains can often try the most patient of coach and players alike.

Friday night’s 40-34 setback to Purdy was one of those evenings for the Cassville girls basketball team (1-8).

The Lady Wildcats were far from perfect shooting the ball in the first three quarters, and they created about as many turnovers as the surrendered. 

Things looked great as Cassville held a 28-20 lead with 55 seconds left in the third period, but the wheels came off the bus.

Purdy scored 8 straight points to tie the score by the quarter’s break, then the first 9 points in the fourth period to take a 37-28 lead.

The Lady Wildcats hit every part of the backboard and rim during the nearly 6:15 scoring drought, but they could not find the bottom of the net.

“Shooting and scoring has been a problem all year long,” said Tom Hubbard, Cassville coach. “We struggle to score, and that is something that hurt us Friday. We just have to keep working on it in practice and grow in that area.”

Hubbard praised the effort of Madry McCrackin, who had 5 steals and 2 blocks.

“She has been our everything this season,” Hubbard said. “Madry is one of those players that we are leaning on for leadership. With a young team, she is a player that we need on the floor.”

Hubbard said the team is 100 percent committed to the season and getting better.

“It is not an overnight fix,” he said. “I think if we continue to grow, we can surprise some teams down the stretch of the season as we head toward districts.”

Scoring for Cassville: Riley Morris, 10; Kyren Postlewait, 10; Madry McCrackin, 7; Lilly Harrison, 4; Madi Bowyer, 3.

Scoring for Purdy: Annabelle Bowman, 15; Emma Harkey 15; Mattingly Kinsley, 4; Breanna Perkins, 2; McKenzie Renkoski, 2; and Bayleigh Robbins, 2.

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