Cassville shocked the field with a 62-38 upset of third-seeded Monett at the Class 4 District 11 boys basketball tournament at Republic last night night,
After forging to a 14-5 lead after one period, Cassville erupted for a 15-0 run to reach 29-5. The Wildcats went on to lead 39-14 at halftime and never led by less than 25 in the second half.
|Monett's shoots would not fall and the Cubs struggled throughout the contest.|
"This obviously is not the way we wanted to end the season," said Coach Ty Goetz. "We played probably the worst game we have played all season and it happened to be at the worst time."
|Just a week ago, the Cubs fought back from a 10-point deficit to beat the Wildcats in a Big 8 Conference game. It was a game that provided extra incentive for Tuesday's first-round district game.|
|Cassville never trailed in the district opener, as Travis Northern scored three baskets in the first 4:02 to give the Wildcats a 6-2 lead. The Monett offense was out of sync early, missing shots in the lane. Cassville's defense gained confidence as Monett went almost three and a half minutes without a score.|
The Wildcats opened the 14-5 lead without any treys, but the strategy changed in the second quarter. Cassville gunners dropped in four bombs in that stanza alone, and Evan Stubblefield came off the bench with 9 points in the opening half to build the shocking 39-14 half-time lead.
|Monett needed a comeback in the worst way when the third quarter started, but watched Cassville roll to an 11-2 run instead. With 4:48 left in the third quarter, the Wildcats held a 50-16 advantage.|
|Monett's Kyle Woods hit a long trey to cut the lead to 52-21, but Axl Larson's trey with 1:53 left pushed the score to 59-23, the biggest lead of the game.|
|Trailing 61-29 at the final break, Monett had to fight not only Cassville but also the running clock in the fourth quarter. With the clock running, the Cubs had few opportunities to stage the comeback. Cassville didn't exactly stall, but there was no urgency to shoot either.|
Monett did manage to quell the mercy clock late in the game, Cassville earned a 64-38 win.
Tyler Green was the Cubs' leading scorer with 10 points, and he was the only Monett player to reach double digits. Other Monett scorers were: Kyle Woods 9; Jacob Fair 5; Joshua Shaner 4; Devin Steward 3; Spencer Witt 3; Kennon Cox 2; and Travis Thompson 2.
Cassville scoring was paced by Travis Northern with 14 points.
The Wildcats advance to play second-seeded Reeds Spring on Thursday night. The other semifinal game pits top-seeded Republic against McDonald County. The Mustangs completed a miracle comeback against Aurora, winning on a buzzer-beater off the glass, 48-46.