Monett pulls away in fourth quarter to hand Neosho a defeat

Staff reports

The Neosho Wildcats had chances in the last seconds to possibly pull out a win, but came up just short Monday.

The Wildcats boys’ basketball team fell 51-45 to visiting Monett in a game that was bumped up a day to accommodate a home wrestling match that was scheduled for tonight.

Neosho held a lead going into the the fourth quarter against Monett.

However, a 5-point fourth quarter opened the door for the visiting Cubs to pull out a victory.

Despite losing the lead in the fourth quarter, Neosho still had a chance to hang around as Monett was having problems converting at the charity stripe.

Neosho led 40-39 heading into the fourth quarter and trailing 23-22 at halftime.

“We fouled them and they missed some free throws, but we weren’t able to capitalize on it,” said Neosho coach Jonathan Wengert. “They made enough to pull away at the end.

Neosho (1-4) had the deficit down to 3-points late in the fourth quarter, but missed a 3-pointer.

Monett’s Adam Witt was fouled and hit one of two free throw shots to make it 49-45.

With 18 seconds left, Neosho drove down the court, but missed another 3-pointer.

A pair of free throws by Monett followed and accounted for the final score.

“Monett has beat Carthage twice *and they are a talented team,” said Wengert. “We just couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities we got tonight.”

Andere Edward scored 12 points to lead all scorers for Neosho. Alex Wise had eight points, while Blake Henry added seven points.

Coty Allen scored six points and Matt Weathers scored five points. Colton Frencken scored six points and Anthony Westfield scored three points.

Patrick Dawson led Monett (3-1) with 14 points in the game. Dawson hit 7-of-12 free throws in the game.

Kyle Coatney and Kirk Moore both scored 10 points.

Neosho will host future Central Ozark Conference foe Logan-Rogersville at 6 p.m. Friday night at home.

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