The Neosho Wildcats and Lady Wildcats swept a varsity doubleheader Monday night from Cassville.
In the girls contest, Neosho erased a halftime deficit with strong defense and senior guard Madison Flynn delivered a very strong performance with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Neosho improved to 3-3 overall with a 51-42 victory.
In the boys contest, it was a game of runs and Neosho had the last one to come out with a 52-49 victory, giving new head coach Zane Culp his first victory. The Wildcats lost a pair of close games in the Carthage Tournament.
Both Neosho teams earned victories against a Class 4, District 12 opponent.
The Neosho boys looked sharp early on and they made a strong first impression on their home fans with a 10-2 lead to start the contest. Cole Seward made a pair of baskets and the Wildcats received baskets from Derek Ferguson, Kaden King, and A.C. Marion, while Cassville only netted a D.J. White basket.
However, that's when Cassville saw Neosho's run and upped it to 18-2 for a 20-12 lead halfway through the second quarter.
Quincey Willis' driving basket late in the first accounted for the Wildcats' only two points during Cassville's 18-2 dominance.
Seward and Mason Gammons hit 3-point shots, though, for a 20-all score, their trifectas surrounding a Cade Cradduck basket.
Cassville ended the half on a 9-3 run for a 29-23 halftime lead.
Neosho limited Cassville to a mere 20 points in the second half, including a lean five points in the final stanza.
Willis' layup at the third quarter buzzer provided a momentous lift for the Wildcats entering money time.
Thus, it was only fitting that Willis gave the Wildcats the lead for good at 48-47.
Cassville only had an Ethan Hoppes basket in them down the stretch, as Neosho's defense proved especially tough in the fourth when it counted most.
Gammons led Neosho with 11 points and Willis added 10.
Neosho, 1-3 on the season, returned to action Thursday night against ESTEM from Little Rock in the Battle at Pea Ridge (Arkansas). MaxPreps ranks ESTEM 28th in the state of Arkansas, obviously a challenge for the Wildcats.
In the girls opener, Neosho fell behind 9-1 early, something that's happened in multiple games early this season.
Cassville's Madry McCrackin hit a pair of trifectas and Alondra Miller hit a third, as the visiting Lady Wildcats relied heavily on their perimeter shooting to generate points.
McCrackin hit for 19 points in the first half and propelled Cassville to a 24-20 lead.
In the pivotal third quarter, Neosho frustrated Cassville's offense, as the guest Lady Wildcats picked up only four points and made just a single field goal.
Meanwhile, by the end of the third, Neosho led 31-28 and junior point guard Mary Dunbar picked a clutch moment for her first three points of the game.
In the fourth, Neosho managed to push the lead into double-digits and Flynn finished strong with a dozen of her points coming in the final eight minutes.
In addition to Flynn's big night, Olivia Hixson finished with six points, Dunbar five, Maile Gindling three, the trio of Melia Robertson, Michelle Lindsay, and Kristy Pace two each, and Brylee King one.
McCrackin led Cassville with 26 points.
Neosho returned home Thursday for a contest against Providence Academy.