Ladycats struggle under pressure

Thursday, February 8, 2007

After coming off possibly their best week of the season, Cassville looked ready to take on district favorite Webb City. The Ladycats struggled mightily against the Lady Cardinals and could not come up with the win.

Webb City travelled to Cassville, a week ago Tuesday, and looked to confirm their district dominance. The 12-5 Lady Cards had already beaten two of the five teams they might meet in the district tournament and looked to make Cassville the third.

The first quarter rained enormous amounts of rebounds for both teams as neither could hit a basket. At the end of it, the score was tied 6-6. In the second quarter the visitors took off, outscoring their hosts 16-7. Cassville's third quarter did not stem the Lady Cardinals' tide as they increased their lead by eight and led 39-22. The Ladycats scored more points then Webb City in the fourth quarter but fell short at 43-29.

Cassville struggled to create scoring opportunities for themselves, managing only five steals and four assists in the game, which was also loosely called.

Julie Cupps led the home team with 12 points. Brittany Vollenweider also helped, grabbing seven rebounds. Other contributors were: Gabby LeCompte, 7 points and two steals; Brittney Wilbanks, one steal; Emily Orrell, one steal; Abby Munoz, 4 points; Jessie Gripka, 2 points.

Cassville rebounded well in their next game, tossing aside their offensive struggles but somehow still coming up short.

The Ladycats took the lead against the home team in the first quarter and were up 12-11. The second quarter leaned the other way as Lamar tied it the game up at 25-25 at break.

In the third quarter the Lady Tigers came out prowling and took a four-point 40-36 lead. The fourth quarter was an all-out battle by both teams, but Cassville got no closer and Lamar edged them 54-50.

Cassville's aggression balance seemed off-skew as they only came away with three steals but picked up 15 fouls. The team also only shot 55 percent from the free-throw line (6-11).

Cupps had a big game with 23 points including three treys. Vollenweider also scored 10 and brought down five rebounds, despite breaking her nose in the contest. Others helping were: Munoz, 8 points and five rebounds; Wilbanks, one steal; Gripka, 7 points; and LeCompte, 2 points.

Cassville fell to 9-11 overall and dropped down one spot to sixth in the conference at 1-2.

Cassville will play East Newton next at home on Thursday. The Lady Patriots enter the contest with an 8-6 record and will be looking to get back on the positive side of things in the conference as they are 2-2. After that, Cassville travels to Aurora on Monday and looks for vengeance against a Lady Houn's team (10-7 and 2-0) that beat them earlier in the season 47-33.

Junior varsity action

The Cassville JV girls lost both of their games last week. Cassville could not put Webb City away in the second half and the Lady Cards came back and won 31-24. Hannah Elkins led scoring with 11.

The JV squad's second game against Lamar would go much like the first. Taking a 12-point lead in at halftime, Cassville felt assured of the victory, but good pressure by Lamar, helped with the upset and the young Ladycats lost 28-29. The junior varsity record now stands at 6-4.

Freshmen ends season

The Cassville ladies' freshman team ended its season on a high note, beating Exeter 43-26. Elkins and Gail Edie led in the contest, scoring 10 a piece. The freshman team ends the year with a record of 3-1.

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