Both the Monett girls and boys basketball teams lost non-conference games on Friday. The Lady Cubs fell in their home opener to Buffalo 59-46. The Monett boys lost at McDonald County 50-44.
Cold shooting, especially in the middle two quarters, was the downfall for the Lady Cubs as Monett dropped to 0-5 on the year.
"We were able to take a lot of good shots but we weren't making them," said MHS Coach Derrek Uhl. "Playing on back-to-back nights had something to do with that."
Buffalo jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the early going before the Lady Cubs got on the board on a basket by Jenny Frazier at the 6:27 mark. Monett trailed 10-8 when Madison Carlin hit a trey at the 3:40 mark to give the Lady Cubs their first lead of the game at 11-10. Monett then stretched the lead to 17-11 by quarter's end.
With the game tied at 20-20 in the second period, the Lady Bison went on a 7-0 run from which Monett could not recover. Aubrey Lemaster's basket with 18 seconds to go until halftime narrowed Buffalo's lead to 5 points at 27-22.
Monett go to within 3 points at the start of third period on a Frazier jumper to make the score 27-24 but the Lady Bison reeled off 6 straight points to surge further ahead and slowly pulled away.
The Lady Cubs were behind by 11 midway through the fourth quarter when treys by Hunter Glouse and Amanda McKinney enabled Monett to get to within 5 points at 45-40 with five minutes left to play. Buffalo again reasserted itself and took advantage of free throws and turnovers down the stretch to increase its lead and win.
Glouse led the Lady Cubs in scoring with 14 points. Other players scoring for Monett were Frazier with 9 points, Carlin with 8 points, Dedre Beckett with 7 points, McKinney with 6 points and Lemaster with 2 points.
Carlin led the team in rebounds with seven. McKinney had five assists. Carlin and McKinney each had three steals.
Monett did win the preliminary game 51-41 over the junior varsity Lady Bison, rallying from a 5-point deficit early in the fourth quarter.
Scoring for the jayvee Lady Cubs were Anna Cloud and Caroline McKinney with 14 points each, Raigan Ratliff with 7 points, Jessica Schmidt, Mackenzie Lay and Nicollette Fellwock with 4 points each and Cheryl Barnes and Jessica Harper with 2 points each.
Monett will be at McDonald County for a non-conference game tomorrow.
It was a similar story for the Monett boys in their loss to McDonald County. Monett dropped to 2-3 on the season.
The Cubs led 17-9 after the opening stanza but were outscored 28-17 in the middle two quarters on the way to the loss.
"We came out an executed well both defensively and offensively to start the game," said Monett Coach Ty Goetz. "The last three quarters we weren't physical enough on the boards.
"They got a lot of second chance points, which proved to be the difference in the game."
Monett rallied in the last quarter to take a 3 point lead with 2:50 remaining but McDonald County regrouped late to win it.
Kennon Cox led Monett in scoring with 15 points. Also scoring for the Cubs were Spenser Witt with 8 points, Tyler Green with 7 points, Kyle Woods with 4 points, Jacob Fair, Devin Steward and Josh Shaner with 3 points each and Trenton Peirce with 1 point.
Witt led the team in assists with four. Woods and
Shaner topped the club in rebounds with five each.
Monett did win the junior varsity game 44-38.
The Cubs will be at Spokane tomorrow night for a non-league outing.