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Roadrunners no match for Bears

Thursday, January 9, 2003

When Morgan Haney opens the game with a 3-pointer, it usually means good things for the Mammoth Spring Lady Bears.

Not only did the senior guard nail a trey to start the Lady Bears' Jan. 2 matchup with Oak Ridge Central, she also opened the second and fourth period scoring with 3-pointers, on her way to a total of six in Mammoth Spring's 57-44 victory over the Lady Roadrunners.

The Lady Bears needed all of Haney's team high 22 points to counter a 29-point outburst from Oak Ridge Central's Crystal Upshaw.

Upshaw's eight first-period points gave ORC a 13-10 lead at the end of one.

This would mark the last time ORC would lead the contest as Haney connected on back-to-back treys to open the second period, on her way to 12 points in the frame, all on 3-pointers.

Three points at the end of the period from junior Kaycee Estes (14 points) sent the teams to halftime with Mammoth Spring on top 25-19.

Despite the size advantage ORC enjoyed, with Upshaw logging most of her points in the paint, the Lady Bears extended their lead in the third period.

A long 3-pointer off the glass by senior Ashley Mero as the third period buzzer sounded put the Lady Bears up by 10, 43-33, after three.

Haney opened the last period with her last trey of the game, and a 9-0 spurt midway into the frame was finished off by junior Dana Carroll's first 3 of the night, giving the Lady Bears a 55-36 lead.

ORC outscored Mammoth Spring 8-2 to close the game, but the Lady Bears prevailed 57-44.

In the nightcap, Wesley Whiteside's 17 points in limited action paved the way for a 66-36 Bear victory over the Roadrunners.

The Bears jumped all over ORC early and kept a big lead, enabling head coach Bob Maguffee to give his starters the second half off as the Bears cruised to a 30-point win.

Senior Andrew Burke drained a 3 to open the game and the Bears were off to the races.

Seth Risner (13 points) provided the firepower for Mammoth Spring midway into the first with eight straight points, including two treys, as the Bears opened up a 21-6 lead.

The Mammoth Spring advantage stood at 25-10 after one.

A pair of field goals and five free throws was all ORC could muster in the second period as the Bears fired off the last 10 points of the frame to lead 42-19 at intermission.

Risner's 3-pointer to open the second half came with 7:43 to play in the third and marked the end of the night for the Bears' starters as Maguffee emptied his bench and the reserve squad finished out the 66-36 victory.

A 43-20 win by the junior Lady Bears made it a clean sweep for Mammoth Spring on the evening.



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