Lady ‘Cats stay composed

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Cassville’s Riley Morris (No. 23) and Marianne McCrackin battle for a rebound in the Lady Wildcats’ loss to East Newton Monday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville looks toward Tip-Off after East Newton loss

A late comeback attempt fell a few points short on Monday, as the Lady Wildcats fell to East Newton, 36-31.

Tom Hubbard, Cassville coach, said his team may have changed the result with better shooting, which will be a focus going into Friday’s Tip-Off contest against Nevada.

Cassville senior Kyren Postlewait finds room for a shot during the Lady Wildcats’ 36-31 loss to East Newton Monday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

“We didn’t shoot free throws well, and our shooting percentage wasn’t great,” he said. “We got some good runs and drives, and we got some offensive boards, but we just couldn’t put the ball in. We even ran some sets that got us easy layups, but we missed a few of those. All that is what got us in the end.”

The Lady Wildcats (10-10) trailed 19-18 at halftime, then 33-28 with 15 seconds left in the game. Ashlynn Bryant knocked down a 3-pointer to bring the deficit to 2, but Cassville could not muster any more points.

“East Newton outshot us percentage-wise, and we did everything else [besides shooting] well enough to win,” Hubbard said.

Senior Kyren Postlewait said it’s the little things that would have made the difference for her club.

“We should have made more free throws, and we missed a lot of shots in the paint,” she said.

All that said, Hubbard and Postlewait were happy with how composed the team was, especially given the frustrations of missing shots and attempting to claw back in the final minutes.

“We kept our composure tonight and played well together,” Hubbard said. “From the standpoint of not shooting well, we could have gotten frustrated, but we did a good job keeping our heads up.”

“We have definitely improved each week,” Postlewait said. “We were positive throughout the game, no matter what happened.”

Cassville welcomes an evenly-matched 9-9 Nevada team to town on Friday. Hubbard said the key this week will be the same as always.

“We have to play good defense, take care of the ball and hopefully shoot a bit better,” he said.

Postlewait added a couple other team focuses.

“We have to focus on committing less turnovers, getting more shots and scoring more points,” she said.

Cassville’s girls and boys teams will play on Friday. The first game starts at 4:30 p.m.

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