Wildcats drop two, prepare for districts

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Cassville Wildcats struggled to find their offense this week, falling in two contests. In both games Cassville was unable to score more than 38 points and had four quarters in which they scored no more than 6 points.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Cassville hosted a very athletic Springfield Central team. The Bulldogs jumped on Cassville quickly, outscoring the Wildcats 26-4 in the first quarter. Cassville actually outscored Central the rest of the way 34-28 but could not cut the original deficit enough for the victory.

The Wildcats struggled to control the boards on the night as they brought in only 16 total rebounds. Cassville also could not spread the ball around, tallying only seven assists on the evening.
The 'Cats did a good job of picking off the ball with 18 steals against Central, but they had a tough time turning those into points. Cassville also committed only seven fouls.

Individually, Cory Howard had a good night for Cassville. The senior was Cassville's leading scorer with 14 points and found his stroke behind the arc, hitting four three-point shots. Howard also tallied two steals on the night.

Martin Hernandez also did well for the Wildcats. He scored 9 points and was a force on the boards, racking up nine total rebounds.
Others scoring for Cassville included Clint Reed 6, Kelby Haynes 4, Dannon Rose 3 and Marcus Henry 2.
On Friday, Feb. 8, Cassville traveled to East Newton for a Big 8 Conference game. The Patriots wasted no time on their homecoming night, jumping out to a 14-2 lead after one quarter of play. The home squad increased its lead to 27-10 in the second quarter, but 7 straight points by Cassville closed the gap to 10 going to the break.
East Newton responded to the Cassville run by outscoring Cassville 18-4 in the third quarter. The Wildcats held par with East Newton in the fourth but still fell 33-55.

The Wildcats once again found their offense nonexistent. They scored only 33 points and shot 31 percent from the field. The Wildcats finished with a season-low four assists and committed 21 turnovers in the contest.

Howard once again led Cassville, scoring 11 points and showing some thievery with six steals.

Henry also did well especially considering the senior's match-up on the evening. Henry faced 6'5 Joe Batson and 6'6 John Ringstaff for the entire night but finished with seven rebounds and 6 points against them.

Others scoring for Cassville were Reed 5, Hernandez 4, Haynes 3, Caleb Beuterbaugh 2 and Ethan Couch 2.
Cassville is now 6-18 on the season and 1-4 in Big 8 Conference play. The Wildcats will face Seneca on Friday night at home before entering district play next week. The district tournament will be held in Carl Junction and the game between Monett and Cassville will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
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