Both the Monett Cubs and Lady Cubs sustained losses in tournament games played yesterday and Monday to start the 2009-10 cage season.
The Cubs were defeated by the Joplin Eagles 66-21 in the Carthage Tournament last night. The Lady Cubs fell to the Springfield Catholic Lady Irish last night 54-37 and to the Fair Grove Lady Eagles 48-37 on Monday in the Fair Grove tourney.
It was a combination of superior height and outside shooting that carried second-seeded Joplin to the win over the seventh-seeded Cubs last night.
"We ran into a buzz saw tonight," said MHS Coach Ty Goetz. "Joplin is a very complete team. They are big and physical and can score from anywhere on the floor.
"A lot of our players got to see what a varsity game is like for the first time," Goetz said. "Hopefully, the jitters are gone, and we will play with more confidence on Thursday night against McDonald County."
Joplin raced to a 9-0 early lead before the Cubs finally got on the scoreboard with a lean-in basket by Trenton Peirce with 5:58 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles, getting steals and baskets from Zentrell Shannon and Matt McCleary, increased the lead to 15-2 before Monett could score again on a toss-in by Spenser Witt with 3:21 to go in the opening stanza.
Leading 22-8 going into the second period, Joplin kept up the pace. The Eagles got three-point goals by McCleary and Derek Stokes to increase the lead. The Cubs trailed 38-11 at the half.
Just like they did to open the game, the Eagles got off to quick start in the third quarter, opening up a 47-11 bulge with 5:06 left in the period.
The pace slowed down in the final quarter as both teams substituted freely. Joplin out-scored the Cubs 11-3 in the last stanza.
|Witt was Monett's leading scorer with 9 points. Kyle Woods led the team in rebounds with four, and Witt was the team leader in steals with four.|
Other players scoring for Monett were Kennon Cox with 4 points, Devin Steward with 3 points, Peirce and Jared Witt with 2 points and Tyler Green with 1 point.
McCleary tallied 19 points for Joplin.
Fair Grove Tournament
Fifth-seeded Springfield Catholic raced to a 21-8 first quarter lead over the eighth-seeded Lady Cubs last night to gain the win.
Monett, which trailed 31-17 at the half, battled the Lady Irish nearly even in the second half but were outscored 23-20.
Jenny Frazier led the Lady Cubs in scoring with 14 points. Also scoring for Monett were Madison Carlin with 9 points, Hunter Glouse with 8 points and Dedre Beckett, Caroline McKinney and Aubrey Lemaster with 2 points.
Monday night, the Lady Cubs gave top-seeded Fair Grove a scare before falling in the first round game.
The Lady Cubs were behind 22-13 at the half. Monett then went on a 15-1 run in the third quarter and early in the last period to close to within 3 points but could get no closer.
"I was pleased with our effort and execution," said Monett Coach Derrek Uhl. "We could have shot the ball better."
Frazier led Monett's scoring attack with 10 points. Also scoring for the Lady Cubs were Glouse with 9 points, Carlin and McKinney with 6 points each, Beckett with 4 points and Lemaster with 2 points.
Monett will next play Dec. 10 at Nevada.