Postlewait seals Cassville victory

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kyren Postlewait breaks down the Purdy defense on the way to the hoop for Cassville Friday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Lady Wildcats finding ways to win

Points were hard to come by, but Cassville rallied from a 5-point deficit to hold off Purdy in a 43-41 road win Friday.

“At the end of the day, we are still trying to figure out ways to win,” said Tom Hubbard, Cassville coach. “We put ourselves in a hole with an off third quarter, and we had to fight our way out.”

Summer Driver attempts a 3-pointer for Cassville in a win over Purdy on Friday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

The Lady Wildcats had been in this type of situation before, and Hubbard said the team finally getting the win was a welcomed relief.

“This is about the third or fourth time we have been in this scenario and the first time we have been able to come out on top,” Hubbard said. “From that aspect of it, I was happy that we were able to finish the game. We had this at Lamar, at Neosho and the same situation at Sarcoxie, where we came back and tied the score or put ourselfves in a position to win and just didn’t. Hopefully, that will help us down the road, and every win is a good win.”

The first half was a turnover plagued affair in which neither team could sustain a productive rhythm.

Cassville built a 25-18 edge at intermission and felt good about its chances to win.

However, the third quarter was disastrous. Purdy ratcheted up the pressure and outscored the Lady Wildcats 17-7 to take a 37-32 edge into the final stanza.

It took Cassville most of the fourth quarter to chip away at the lead.

The Lady Eagles helped the cause by missing the front end of two one-and-bonus free throw attempts and finished the fourth quarter at just 25 percent from the charity stripe.

Mary McCracken gave Cassville a lead with a free throw with 2:46 left in the game.

With the game in the balance, Kyren Postlewait came off a curl and pulled up from 10 feet on the left side of the lane to knock down a huge jumper with 1:17 left in regulation. The Lady Wildcats only made two field goals in the final eight minutes of play.

“That’s just Kyren playing — that was not called play,” Hubbard said. “Honestly, what we did was go spread, and she found a lane drove in and shot a shot she prefers to shoot. She just happened to see it and hit it. It was a good play for her and a great play for us as a team.”

Cassville went 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Scoring for Cassville: Madry McCracken, 11 points; Postlewait, 10; Lilly Harrison, 7; Riley Morris, 7; and Summer Driver, 3 points.

The Lady Wildcats host Hollister on Monday.

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