Slow start trips Cassville

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Summer Driver puts up a shot for Cassville against Monett on Monday. Jerri Jasumback/Special to the Cassville Democrat

‘Cats fail to solve Monett pressure

A spirited fourth quarter was not enough to overcome a slow first half, as Cassville fell to Monett on Monday, 51-32.

The Lady Wildcats trailed 16-5 at the end of the first quarter and 26-9 at halftime.

Cassville struggled to keep the Lady Cubs off the board, and the rim was unkind to the Lady Wildcats’ shots.

“Monett definitely controlled the boards tonight, and they got a lot of second-chance opportunities, and a lot of those were easy second chance put backs,” said Tom Hubbard, Cassville coach. “We had to fight, scratch and claw for all of our points. We missed some early chances to put points up that I think would have given us some confidence in the first quarter.

“You tip your cap to Monett. They put pressure on us all night and made more plays than we did.”

Cassville trailed 40-17 to start the fourth quarter and made an 8-0 run to close the gap a bit, getting 6 consecutive points from Riley Morris, who finished with 13 in the game.

“We tried to get her the ball in the first half, and for whatever reason we just couldn’t make the connection,” Hubbard said. “In the second half, she came out a totally different kid and attacked the basket with confidence and made some nice plays.”

Cassville will not have to dwell long on the loss as it prepares to host Lamar on Thursday.

“We just have to keep playing the way we are capable of playing,” Hubbard said. “I’m disappointed for them tonight because I know how much this game meant, but we’ll put it behind us, and we have a good opportunity with Lamar coming here.

“We saw them earlier in the season at Carthage. We lost by three, but it was an ugly game for us. I feel like if we just clean our play up, we have a great chance to earn a win.”

Scoring for Cassville on Monday: Morris, 13; Madry McCrackin, 9; Kyren Postlewait, 4; Marianne McCrackin, 4; and Ashlynn Bryan, 1.

Tipoff Thursday is slated for 7 p.m.

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