Lady ‘Cats reach district semifinals

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Cassville sees mixed results in district tournament openers

It was a mixed bag of emotions for Cassville basketball fans Saturday at the Class 4, District 12 tournament opened in Monett.

The Lady Wildcats topped Neosho, 45-43, but the Wildcats fell to Carl Junction, 55-51.

On the girls’ side of the bracket, upsets ruled the day.

No. 6 seed McDonald County sent No. 3 seeded Monett home early with a stunning 50-48 win. The Lady Cubs had defeated the Lady Mustangs earlier in the season, 47-42.

No. 5 seed Cassville and No. 4 seeded Neosho met on Dec. 12, 2019, with the higher-seeded Lady Wildcats pulling out a 42-35 victory.

On Saturday, Cassville fought like a team that was ready to leave it all on the court.

“It was a back and forth game,” said Tom Hubbard, Cassville coach. “We shot the ball well. We kind of have a history of learning from our mistakes from previous games in the rematch. Last year, we beat Reeds Spring, and this year, it was Lamar and Nesoho. We are winning at the right time.”

Cassville led 12-7 at the end of the first but trailed Neosho 18-16 at halftime.

Cassville won the third quarter 13-9 to lead 29-27 in the fourth, where both teams scored 16 apiece.

Hubbard praised his team’s defense and contesting shots, pointing out the Neosho attempted 35 3-pointers and made just four.

Scoring for Cassville: Madry McCrackin, 27; Kyren Postlewait, 10; Riley Morris and Lily Harrison, 4 each.

Cassville played No. 1 seed Carl Junction on Tuesday in the semifinal, falling 70-22.

Wildcats

A spirited fourth quarter comeback fell short as No. 6 seed Cassville fell to No. 3 Carl Junction, 55-51.

The Wildcats trailed 8-6 at the end of one quarter and 25-18 at halftime.

The Bulldogs led 43-28 to start the final period, where Cassville outscored Carl Junction, 23-12, but it was too little, too late.

Scoring for Cassville: Carson Roller, 15; Jake Thomas, 13; D.J. White, 11; Bowen Preddy, 8; Carson Whittemire and Dane Martin, 2 points each.

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