Scoreboard — March 2

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Cassville’s Riley Morris defends during a game against Monett earlier this season. Morris hit a jumper and blocked a shot at the buzzer to secure the Lady Wildcats’ upset of East Newton on Saturday. Kyle Troutman/

Lady Wildcats upset East Newton

The Cassville girls basketball team (13-13) earned an upset victory on Saturday in the first round of the Class 4, District 12 Tournament in Seneca. The No. 6 Lady Wildcats defeated No. 3 East Newton, 31-29. Cassville started hot and played strong defensively, leading at the break 17-8. East Newton rallied in the third to cut the lead to 5. The Lady Patriots hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 29 with just over 2 minutes to play. Four Cassville possessions later, Ashlynn Bryan inbounded from the baseline to Sharayah Seymour, who drove inside and kicked the ball back to Riley Morris, who hit an 18-footer to put her team up by 2 again. With a minute to go, both teams missed field goals. With 12 seconds to go, East Newton missed a 3-pointer, but Cassville turned the ball back over with 8 seconds left. The Lady Patriots missed another field goal, and a jump ball on the rebound kept possession in their favor with 1.6 seconds on the clock. East Newton inbounded under the rim and went for a turnaround jumper, but Morris was standing tall and swatted the potential tying shot away to secure the win. The Lady Wildcats were ruthless on the boards, raking in 48 rebounds to East Newton’s 29. Seymour led with 11 points and 7 boards, and Morris double-doubled with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Madison Halterman led on the boards with 11. Cassville faced No. 2 Mt. Vernon on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Results were not available at presstime.

Three more teams fall in districts

Of the 10 local prep basketball teams, only Cassville’s boys and girls remained in contention as of Monday afternoon. In the first round of district tournament action, the Southwest, Exeter and Purdy girls teams all fell, and on the boys’ side, Purdy and Wheaton were eliminated. Southwest’s boys picked up a 71-39 win over Pierce City in the quarterfinals of the Class 3, District 12 tournament. But the No. 3 Trojans fell to No. 2 Diamond in the semifinals, 72-65. Ash Grove won the district. The Exeter boys were the No. 3 seed in the Class 1, District 4 tournament, ousting School of the Ozarks in the quarterfinals, 62-45. However, Lutie proved to be too much in the semifinal, defeating the Tigers 64-39. The title went to Chadwick. The Wheaton girls defeated Verona 42-22 in the quarterfinals of the Class 2, District 12 tournament, but the Lady Bulldogs were sent into the offseason by eventual district champion Miller, 61-18.

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