Ladycats lose two heartbreakers

Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Cassville Ladycats played two twice this past week and lost both in close games.

On Monday Dec. 11 the Wildcats traveled to Marionville High School to face the Lady Comets. Cassville developed a slight lead in the first quarter, but then it would be Marionville's turn, as they would hold the advantage for the rest of the night eventually winning 45-35.

The Comets employed a full court press and used it effectively forcing Cassville into too many turnovers.

Julie Cupps scored 10 points and got two assists. Other contributors were Brittany Vollenweider with six rebounds and one steal. Brittney Wilbanks had two assists and one steal, Abby Munoz had 10 points, Jessie Gripka had two assists, and Emily Orrell had a steal.

Brittany Gatley was injured in the game. It has been determined that she has a bad ankle sprain and will be out for a couple of weeks.

Cassville's Junior Varsity team beat the Comets 30-22. Hannah Elkins lead scoring with 10. Cassville's JV team moves to 3-0.

On Saturday, the Ladycats traveled to Aurora to play a rescheduled fifth place non-conference game for the Aurora Tournament. The Ladycats faced a tough Mt. Vernon team who came in at 4-1 overall.

The Ladycats took the advantage early in this game off a 9-2 run that put the first quarter score at 9-4. Then both teams would play close as each scored six in the second and then in the third Cassville scored six and Mt. Vernon scored seven. This left the favor still with Cassville at 21-17 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, Mt. Vernon would go off though scoring more in that quarter than their previous three quarters combined. The Lady Mountaineers started the quarter with a 12-2 run and held on to beat Cassville 36-31.

Cassville defensively controlled this game for three quarters but offensively was never able to put the game away, which allowed for Mt. Vernon's comeback. Also the Ladycats lost the battle underneath getting out-rebounded 26-18 by an undersized Mt. Vernon team. Individually Julie Cupps led scoring with nine and Brittany Vollenweider led rebounding with seven. The Cassville Ladycats drop to 4-5 (0-0) on the season.

"We are going through a tough stretch in our schedule right now'" said Coach Chris Shore, "Our kids are playing hard, but right now are struggling with their confidence."

The Ladycats will start play in the Neosho Tournament on Dec. 27.

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