"It was a great night, and I am proud of the job the team did tonight," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "The boys executed our game plan. On defense, we held them to one shot and offensively, we worked for good shots."
The Wolves jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, but Monett responded to tie the game at 4-4. A free throw put Reeds Spring up 5-4, which would be last lead of the game for the Wolves. The Cubs exploded on a 9-0 run and led 18-13 at the conclusion of the first quarter.
Austin Selby scored 11 points in the first half to keep Reeds Spring within striking distance, but he only managed 4 points in the second half. The Wolves defeated the Cubs 56-48 on Dec. 20, and Selby had 24 points in that contest.
"We knew coming into tonight that we would have to slow him down," said Goetz. "We did a really good job of limiting him in the second half."
The Cubs took a 32-24 advantage into halftime.
One of Monett's weaknesses this season has been slow starts in the second half of games. The Cubs struggled to get the ball in the hoop in the third period and only managed 8 points. However, their defense continued to be superb and only yielded 6 points.
"Any time you can hold an opponent to single-digit scoring in a quarter, you are doing something right," said Goetz. "Tonight, we mixed our zone and man presses and really kept Reeds Spring guessing."
The Cubs held a 40-30 lead at the start of the fourth period and were able to ice the game at the charity stripe. Monett finished the game 18 of 25 at the line and were 14 of 19 in the fourth quarter.
Scoring for Reeds Spring were: Selby, 15; Travis Neels, 11; Aaron Allphin and James Woodward, 6 each; Easton Flaugh, 4; and Joey Longstreet, 2.
Scoring for Monett were: Tyler Green, 20; Kyle Woods, 14; Jarred Witt and Tyler Webb, 6 apiece; Jacob Fair and Travis Thompson, 5 each; and Dillon Freudenthal and Aaron Patton, 2 each.
Monett improved to 9-19 on the season and faces the top-seeded Carl Junction Bulldogs on Thursday. Carl Junction defeated Monett 64-49 on Jan. 24. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
McDonald County's Miguel Morales scored 25 points and Jordan Walls added 17 as the Mustangs picked up a 60-54 victory over Aurora to advance to the other semi-final.
McDonald County plays Cassville on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.