Wildcats still search for magic

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Andrew Littlefield powers up a shot for the Wildcats during the Spokane Tournament. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville takes 4th in Spokane tourney

It was a mixed bag of results for the Cassville basketball team in the Spokane tournament.

On one hand, the team took a step forward by beating Reeds Spring for the first time in four tries in Barrett Milleson’s tenure as coach.

On the other hand, the Wildcats fell to Class 2 Verona by a point, 57-56, and then struggled with the pressure applied by Blue Eye, 53-38, in the fourth-place game.

“We kind of exorcised some demons against Reeds Spring,” Milleson said. “We played a Verona team to the last possession. They are a squad that has state expectations. We played against one of the best players in the area on Blue Eye, and this is a good tournament that will help us prepare for the Big 8. We are wall-to-wall conference games the rest of the way.”

Against The Bulldogs, Cassville was able to play a tempo game, but it came down to one key element — execution.

“There is no speed too fast for us,” Milleson said. “Bottom line is Blue Eye executed better than we did and hit some shots. We are focusing on that, and we’ll improve.”

Cassville hosted McDonald County on Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

The Wildcats welcome East Newton to town on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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