Just getting warmed up

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
DJ White and the Cassville basketball team are looking to make some noise in the next two weeks. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

‘Cats finding their groove on the court

For the first time all season, the Cassville boys basketball team is back to 100 percent, and the results are starting to become evident.

The Wildcats have won three of their last four games, including claiming third place in the Spokane tournament on Saturday.

Jacob Thomas looks for someone to feed the ball to. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

“We got off to a slow start this season,” said Barrett Milleson, Cassville coach. “We had Bowen Preddy and DJ White join us late, like the second week of December, due to their football duties. Then, just two games into the season, we lost Jarrod Wallace to a dislocated knee. That was a huge blow to our team not having those three.”

Cassville limped out to a 2-5 start, but fortunes may have started to swing in its favor.

White and Preddy have caught back up to speed with the team, and now, Wallace has returned to bolster the roster.

“In all reality, we are just now coming together as a complete unit,” Milleson said. “DJ is averaging 18 points per game, and Carson Roller is almost 20 per game. I am starting to see the team I thought we could be at the beginning of the season. These last four games have been fun.”

Cassville enters the tough-meat part of its schedule with McDonald County on Tuesday, Webb City on Friday and East Newton and Nevada next week. All four games are on the road.

“That’s a good mix of conference and district opponents,” Milleson said. “I like how we are scoring the ball, and we like to push the tempo. We have to keep pushing the pace if we want to succeed.”

White enters Tuesday’s game with the Mustangs with 999 career points.

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