Cassville hoops drops heartbreaker in upset bid
Basketball coaches often use the phrase that they need their teams to play for a full 32 minutes.
In the span of seven days, the Cassville girls (4-13) have learned that lesson through experience.
On Monday, the Lady Wildcats clung to a 2-point lead with 16 seconds remaining against Monett.
Cassville took a contested 3-pointer with four seconds left, and the shot rimmed out, then Katie Schmidt ran the ball down for the Lady Cubs and heaved a desperation triple from the left baseline that went through the net as time expired to lift Monett to a 49-48 victory.
“Our girls are going to be able to sleep well tonight from the standpoint in that they can look in the mirror and know that they did everything they could to win this game,” said Tom Hubbard, Cassville coach. “That’s all I or anyone can ask of this team. Last Monday, we had East Newton in the same position, and they missed that shot. Tonight, it rattled in, so we have experienced both sides of that coin. Monett made one more play tonight. That was all.”
For nearly three solid quarters, Cassville had played the role of spoiler to perfection on Senior Night in Monett. The Lady Cubs crowd sat quietly as the Lady Wildcats built a 32-21 advantage in the third quarter.
“Coming in, we wanted to play sound defense and make Monett earn every single point,” Hubbard said. “I thought we did a lot of little things right. We got some breaks and we built a lead and added on to it and survived a couple of runs. It was nice to see our effort. We start two freshmen and three sophomores, and our junior and senior didn’t have much varsity experience. I am proud of the way we played.”
Madry McCrackin and Kyren Postlewait paced Cassville with 10 points each. Madi Bowyer and Riley Morris chipped in 8 points each. Alondra Miller finished with 6, and Lilly Harrison added 4. Sharayah Seymour recorded 2 points.
Hubbard was happy to see the scoring balance.
”Early on in the year, we were deferring to Madry a lot [to score],” Hubbard said. “Now, I think our girls are realizing that there are things they all can contribute on the offensive end, and they are willing to take the risk and go in and shoot the ball.”
Cassville travels to Lamar on Thursday.