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Monett struggles in season opener

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Protecting the ball. Sean Rosebaugh, dribbles between his legs to protect the ball from a Carl Junction defender. The Cubs will be in action on Nov. 29 against Seneca in the Carthage Invitational.
The Monett Cubs basketball team opened their season with a loss in the Carthage Tournament on Nov. 26.

The young Cubs, who have only had four full-squad practices under their belt due to the length of the football season, have four new starters and are still trying to get into basketball shape.

The Cubs fell to the Carl Junction Bulldogs 89-37.

Turning it up the court. Monett senior Kyle Woods tries to get past a Carl Junction defender during the Cubs season opening game in the Carthage Invitational. Woods finished the contest with 16 points. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
"We aren't going to use any of those reasons as an excuse," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "We knew it was going to be a tough night, but we saw some things tonight that are promising. We will get better."

Monett (0-1) scored the game's first three points and led 5-4 when the Bulldogs turned up the pressure and found their stride. Carl Junction (1-0) responded with a lighting fast 9-0 run and led 21-12 after the first quarter.

A 27-10 second quarter blitz sent the red and white into the locker room at halftime with a 48-22 lead.

One of the areas of concern for the Cubs is the guard position.

Monett struggled with the Bulldogs' pressure and committed 26 turnovers that led to easy transition baskets for Carl Junction.

"Working on the press is something we will address next in our practice," said Goetz. "We really wore down in the second half and our wings struggled to close out on their 3-point shooters."

Carl Junction opened up the second half with a 25-8 run and led 77-35 after three quarters.

"I think you saw a team that is trying to get into basketball shape face a very good team," said Goetz. "We just need to get everyone on the same page. We need to practice."

Travis Vogt led the Bulldogs in scoring with 26 points, and Matt Magee added 16 points.

Kyle Woods scored 16 points to lead the Cubs. Caleb Blue recorded 8 points. Elijah George finished with 5 points. Aaron Patton chipped in 4 points, and Quincy Jackson and Sean Rosebaugh tallied 2 points apiece.

In the other quarterfinal game, Carthage defeated Seneca 63-51.

The Cubs will face the Indians in the consolation semifinal on Nov. 29 in Carthage. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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