"In the first quarter we got some good looks at the basket, but we could get anything to go in," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "After that, we started pressing and rushing our shots and that led to some easy transition baskets for Carthage. We have to put this one behind us and move on."
With 3:18 to play in the first, Kyle Woods hit a 3-pointer to cut the Tigers lead to 9-5. Carthage promptly responded with a 10-0 run to lead 19-5 at the end of the period.
The Cubs went nearly eight minutes before they scored again and trailed 31-10 at half time.
Desmond Burege led the Tigers with 15 points. Sam Hilton and Nathan Reid added 12 points each.
Scoring for Monett were: Woods, 11 points; Jarred Witt, 6 points; Travis Thompson and Jacob Fair, 3 points apiece; and Tyler Webb and Dillon Fruedenthal, 2 points each.
The Cubs continue tournament action today at 1:30 against Parkview. Tipoff is slated for 1:30 at the Neosho High School gym.
The Monett Lady Cubs fell 54-30 to the Neosho Lady Wildcats in the second round of the Neosho Holiday Tournament.
"We are getting better," said Monett coach Derrek Uhl. "The girls played a great first half and battled, but just came up short."
The Lady Cubs got off to a great start with Faith Schmidt and Brooke Madison hitting 3-pointers as Monett opened a 6-0 lead. Neosho responded with an 8-2 run to tie the game 8-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Each team traded baskets in the second period, but it was the Lady Wildcats who seized momentum heading into halftime by hitting a trey with 1.2 seconds left in the half.
Neosho extended its advantage in the third quarter outscoring Monett 15-4 in the frame to open a 40-26 lead after three quarters of play.
Monett scorers were: Cheryl Barnes and Abby Krueger 8 points apiece; Faith Schmidt, 6 points; Jessica Schmidt and Madison 3 points each; and Jessica Wiseman, 2 points.
Monett continues play in the Neosho Holiday tournament today against Cassville. Tipoff is set for noon at Crowder College.