Ladycats win back-to-back games, advance in districts

Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Cassville Ladycats had an exciting week of basketball tallying two wins, including a Big 8 overtime win against Seneca and a district opening victory over Reeds Spring.

On Thursday, the Cassville Ladycats stayed at home to end regular season play against the Lady Indians.

The game stayed close and would take an extra quarter before there would be a victor. The Lady Indians outscored the Ladycats 27-19 in the first half, but Cassville rallied and outscored Seneca 23-15 in the second.

Gabby LeCompte put up a crucial lay-up to send the game to overtime. The sophomore also hit a three-pointer that proved to be the game winner. Brittney Wilbanks had a strong game, coming off the bench to score a season high 9 points. Wilbanks, another sophomore, hit two key free throws in overtime to tie the game up, which allowed LeCompte the chance to hit the final trey with 50 seconds left in the game.

In overtime, the Ladycats outscored the Lady Indians 7-4 to earn a 49-46 victory.

LeCompte led the Ladycats in scoring with 13 points. Others adding to the point total were Julie Cupps with 11, Brittany Vollenweider with 10, Wilbanks with 9, Jessie Gripka with 4 and Abby Munoz with 2.

The Ladycats began Class 4 District Tournament play at Aurora on Tuesday against Reeds Spring.

Cassville dominated the Lady Wolves 52-32 behind a terrific game by Munoz. The junior led her team with 18 points and six rebounds. Vollenweider also played well, scoring 9 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Cupps was the team's second highest scorer with 14 points.

Others adding to the effort were LeCompte with 8 points and Gripka with 3.

On Feb. 13, the Cassville Ladycats stayed at home to play Aurora. The Ladycats fell to the talented visitors by a score of 61-45. The Lady Houn's have been crowned as this year's Big 8 champions.

The Ladycats were led in scoring by Vollenweider with 17 points followed by Cupps with 12. Munoz finished with 6 points, LeCompte and Gripka added 4 each.

The Ladycats' overall record now stands at 11-15 going in district semi-final action against host Aurora. That game will be played on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Aurora High School gym.

Coach Chris Shore is encouraging all Cassville fans to attend Thursday's game. Because Aurora is hosting the district tournament, their fans will be well represented.

"We need everyone to come out and support the Cassville Ladycats," said Shore.

The Ladycats ended the season with a 3-4 conference record, which tied the team for third in the Big 8.

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