Carthage runs past Monett in districts, 67-37

Monday, March 4, 2013
One handed grab. Aaron Patton leaps high in the air to snag a rebound for the Cubs during district play against the Carthage Tigers. [Times Photo by Jon Whitlock]

A frustrating season for the Monett Cubs basketball team came to a conclusion with a 67-37 loss to Carthage in the Class 4, District 12 tournament on Feb. 28.

The Cubs (7-19) didn't match-up with the interior size of the Tigers and struggled on both ends of the floor.

"I thought at times we played well in the first half," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "Tonight, we didn't have any consistency."

The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Cubs got on the board. Carthage led 15-7 at the end of the first period.

Carthage opened up a 25-7 advantage in the second quarter before a 9-0 run by the Cubs cut the advantage to 25-16.

Monett had two golden opportunities to eat into the nine-point deficit but a turnover ended the first chance and a 3-pointer spun out of the rim on the second.

Leading the charge. Monett sophomore Elijah George brings the ball down the floor for the Cubs during district play at Carthage. [Times Photo by Jon Whitlock]

The Tigers closed the first period with a 6-0 spurt to lead 31-16 at the intermission.

Of Carthage's 31 first half points, the Tigers' post players of Nathan Reid and Jaryd Coss accounted for 27 of them.

Any thoughts of a Monett rally were quickly dashed as the Tigers opened the third frame with a 6-0 push to lead 37-16.

The Cubs were unable to achieve any offensive cohesion due to a stout full-court pressure by Carthage that forced 17 turnovers.

The Tigers led 51-26 at the final break.

Both team substituted liberally in the final eight minutes. Carthage built 56-30 edge to initiate the turbo clock and finished with the 67-37 win.

"We have to get better this offseason," said Goetz. "We have some talented youth coming up and the future looks bright."

Scoring for Carthage: Reid, 23 points; Coss, 12; Drew Derryberry and Anthony Turk, 9 each; Dawson Allmoslecher, Ralston Schramm and Cory Prevost, 4 apiece; and Jesse Martini, 2.

Scoring for Monett: Kyle Woods, 8; Zach Hammond, Aaron Patton and Caleb Blue, 6 each; Logan Coones, 3; Elijah George, Cameron Witt and Chad Swanson, 2 apiece; and Jonah Paszek and Jacob Schmidly, 1.

Editor's note: Woods finished his Monett career with 1,516 points. Monett's freshmen finished the season 19-1 and the JV Cubs achieved a 10-6 record.

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