Lady Wildcats, Eagles fall short
Cassville, Purdy hoops conclude seasons
It was not the ending the Cassville girls basketball team envisioned, as the Lady Wildcats fell to No. 1 ranked Carl Junction, 70-22, in the Class 4, District 12 semifinal on Tuesday.
The Lady Wildcats ran into a buzz-saw Lady Bulldogs team ranked No. 1 in Missouri.
Cassville tried its best but could not solve 6-5 Katie Scott, who scored 21 points and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Missouri.
The Lady Wildcats trailed 19-6 at the end of the first quarter and 41-10 at halftime.
The second half did not improve much, as Cassville was outscored 29-12.
Scoring for the Lady Wildcats: Madry McCrackin, 10; Kyren Postlewait, 6; Lily Harrison, 3; Summer Driver, 2; and Marianne McCrackin, 1.
The Eagles (15-13) roared out to a 12-4 lead before Greenwood (26-3) seized control with a 15-6 run to end the first quarter in a 79-50 sectional loss.
The Blue Jays went on to take a 36-26 lead by halftime before leading by as many as 36 points in the second half.
Greenwood advances to the quarterfinals to take on Hartville on Saturday at Republic High School.
Junior guard Osiel Aldava led the Purdy scoring with a game-high 27 points, while senior forward Scotty Henry added 10; Zach Brown, 5; Jacob Brown and Clay Henderson, 3 each; and Harley Stephens, 2.
“I felt like we were in a great spot [early in the game], but we’ve done that where we just have droughts,” said Ryan Stokes, Purdy coach. “But, I was proud of them. We worked hard. We just missed out on the little things.
“Most of the team is coming back. I lose two guys and the rest of them come back. We’ll be different, but I think we’ll make another run at it next season.”