Tiger Cubs see positives in loss to Cascade

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Greencastle’s Bailey Shuee (31) goes for a loose ball against Emelia Bryant of Cascade.
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Bradley Key knows that the girls’ basketball season has its ups and downs, and no team exemplifies that belief more than his Tiger Cubs.

The Cubs started the season 0-3, won their next nine games and closed out the pre-Christmas break portion of their schedule on Thursday by falling 49-41 to Cascade for its second straight defeat.

“That’s a good Cascade team we played,” Key said. “We started to feel it fall apart in that game at Sullivan [a 52-42 win] on Friday, and we struggled against well-coached Cloverdale team on Tuesday.

“At times tonight, it looked good, but we only played well in short stretches,” he added. “We only shot about 20 percent on our 2-pointers, and I don’t know if that’s a lack of concentration.”

Key’s team was playing its third game in seven days, during the midst of finals week.

“That can grind on you, but we can’t make excuses,” he said. “We had a lot of positives even though the score wasn’t what we wanted it to be. Bailey Shuee shot well from 3 tonight, and was active on defense.

“Seelye Stoffregen also played well defensively.”

Cascade jumped out to an 18-7 lead after one quarter, with the Cubs hitting just 3 of 19 shots. Greencastle cut the deficit to 24-16 by halftime, and had its best quarter of the night with 16 points in the third period.

Shuee hit a pair of treys and Stoffregen added one as the Cubs pulled within 39-32. They had cut the gap to 35-32 before Cascade scored the final two baskets of the quarter

A Jalyn Duff basket with 5:22 left returned the deficit to seven, but the Cubs would go nearly five minutes without scoring and Cascade got three baskets to pull away for good.

Shuee led Greencastle with 12 points on four treys, while Stoffregen added nine and Rose White chipped in with eight.

The Tiger Cubs are 3-0 in the West Division, and have a huge conference game on Jan. 5 against divisional co-leader Northview.

“We have Terre Haute South before that, but those are definitely games we will need to play well in,” Key said. “We will have a lot of time to work on things over the break.”

CASCADE (49) — O.Bryant 6-11 0-0 15, Rasnake 4-11 1-2 12, Norris 5-7 1-1 12, E.Bryant 3-8 0-1 6, Hostetler 1-1 0-0 2, S.Bryant 0-0 0-0 0, Gibbs 0-0 0-0 0, Cleveland 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-39 FG, 2-4 FT, 49 TP

GREENCASTLE (41) — Duff 2-14 2-4 6, White 3-15 2-2 8, Stevens 0-3 1-4 1, Shuee 4-10 0-0 12, Stoffregen 3-4 1-3 9, Nally 2-3 0-0 5, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Doan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-49 FG, 6-13 FT, 41 TP

Cascade 18 6 15 10 — 49

Greencastle 7 9 16 9 — 41

3-point shooting — Cascade 7-18 (O.Bryant 3-6, Rasnake 3-8, Norris 1-1, E.Bryant 0-3), Greencastle 7-16 (Duff 0-5, SHuee 4-5, Stoffregen 2-3, Nally 1-2). Turnovers — Cascade 14, Greencastle 14.

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