Instead of heading into the holiday break with a win, Monett lost to the Grinch-minded Wolves by a score of 56-48.
A slow start in the first quarter put the Cubs in an early 13-6 hole. Monett looked out of sync and struggled to get good looks. Monett began to heat up in the second period with a 7-2 run on two baskets by Kyle Woods and a layup by Tyler Green to cut the advantage to 15-13 with 5:30 left in the first half.
Reeds Spring led 25-19 after a basket by Austin Selby with 43 seconds remaining in the half. Woods would slip past the Wolves' defense and cut the advantage to 25-21 with three ticks left on the clock.
A dunk by Selby opened the second half and served notice that Reeds Spring would not go away quietly. Monett trimmed the advantage to 34-30 on a basket by Jarred Witt with 2:26 remaining in the third period, but a 10-2 run by the Wolves sent them into the fourth quarter with a 44-32 cushion.
The Cubs made a final push in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 49-44 on a 3-pointer by Jacob Fair with 3:26 left in the contest but Reeds Spring hit seven of eight from the free-throw line in the final three minutes to ice the contest.
"We wanted to come out and start fast," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "Obviously, we didn't get that done tonight. We won the battle of the boards and played well in spurts. We have yet to find consistency."
Green and Woods led Monett in scoring with 15 points each. Witt chipped in 8 points. Fair and Tyler Webb finished with 3 points each. Travis Thompson and Dillon Freudenthal tallied 2 points apiece.
Monett will be in action on Tuesday against Hannibal in the opening round of the Neosho Holiday Tournament. Tipoff is set for 9 a.m.
The Carthage Lady Tigers downed the Monett Lady Cubs 76-24 in varsity basketball play Tuesday night.
Monett fell into a big hole early, trailing 27-4 after one quarter of play and 49-9 at halftime, and never could recover.
Scoring for the Lady Cubs were: Abby Krueger and Breanna Varner, 4 points each; Raigan Ratliff, Jessica Schmidt and Faith Schmidt, 3 points apiece; Brooke McLean, Cheryl Barnes and Kelsey Wiseman, 2 points each; and Allie Krueger, 1 point.
Monett will begin play in the Neosho Holiday Tournament at 7 p.m. on Tuesday against Bentonville, Ark.