Despite falling behind early, Cassville took the lead from Monett early in the second quarter and never looked back as they won 61-53 in the latest round of their Barry County rivalry with the Cubs.
6’6” junior forward Ethan Lowery had a big game for the Wildcats scoring 25 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.
“He’s been pretty steady for us all year.” Said Cassville head coach Danny Powers of Lowery. “Our last game, Seneca kind of took him out a little bit so he was ready to go. It’s one of those things that we felt we had an advantage with Ethan.”
Lowery started hot in both halves scoring seven points in the opening quarter, then opening the second half with his own personal 8-0 run. And after Monett had closed to within eight points in the fourth, Lowery again took command hitting 7 of 8 free throws and scoring nine points to hold off the Cubs.
Monett took the early lead as star guard Kyle Woods score six quick points to help the Cubs go up 9-6. But he would go to the bench with two fouls midway through the opening quarter. Cassville would tie the game at 12 on a Logan Scott bucket as time expired in the first quarter. Then following a conventional 3 point play for the Cubs Elijah George to open the second, Scott would score five points and get an assist to Lowery in a 9-0 run that put the Wildcats up 21-15.
Leading by seven at the break, Lowery’s burst and Garrett Kirk bucket would give Cassville their biggest lead of the night at 39-22. From that point on, Monett was in catch up mode. The Cubs would narrow the lead to eight in the fourth. That’s when Cassville went back to basics according to Powers. “We’ve tried to stall a few times this year and learned the hard way that that may not be the best thing for us so we just ran our base offense.” That put the ball in Lowery’s hands and pushed the lead back to 15. The Cubs would chip away in the final minutes, but it was too little too late.
Woods would be the only Cub to reach double figures scoring 17 as Cassville’s defense held him mostly in check. Lowery would finish 10 of 13 from the free throw line for the Wildcats. Kirk would add 17 and Scott 11.
Cassville closes their regular season with a visit from Reeds Spring Friday. While Monett will next see action in district play against Carthage.
Monett 12 10 9 22 – 53
Cassville 12 17 12 20 – 61
Monett: Kyle Woods 17, Elijah George 3, Aaron Patton 9, Caleb Blue 3, Zach Hammond 10, Quincy Jackson 1, Logan Coones 6, Isaac Long 4
Cassville: Cole Beagle 2, Garrett Kirk 17, Ethan Lowery 26, Gabe Kirk 5, Logan Scott 11