The ICC Cougars kept pace with the Cave City Cavemen for three periods Oct. 25, before the homestanding Cavemen got a big pick-me-up from Jon Hodges to fend off ICC by a score of 63-47.
Hodges tossed in 14 of his game-high 29 points in the third as Cave City broke open a close game to post the win.
Cave City hopped out to a 12-2 lead early behind six straight points from David Snyder (10 points) before the Cougars got on track.
Justin Burns (14 points) busted the Cougars' first trey of the game just before the end of the first, as Cave City led 14-9 after one.
Bo Qualls opened the second period with a 3-ball for the Cavemen before ICC peeled off six straight points to narrow the gap to 19-15.
After Allen Roberts (16 points) hit a spinner in the lane with 3:06 on the second period clock for ICC, Hodges nailed his third trey of the game to keep the Cougars from getting too close to the lead.
ICC hung around late in the frame and Burns popped another trey just before the buzzer to pull the Cougars within two, 28-26, at halftime.
Jesse Burns (nine points) got into the long-distance act for the Cougars early in the third, before Scott Stirling (seven points) dropped in a 3-ball to tie the game at 32-all.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, this was as close as they could get to moving the margin in their favor as Hodges went to work.
In a 30-second span, Hodges canned two treys to give the Cavemen some breathing room, before Carl Myers hit a triple to push Cave City's lead to 45-36. Hodges finished with six of Cave City's 10 3-pointers on the night.
Hodges finished the frame with a stickback that extended the Caveman lead to 47-36 at the end of three.
A triple from Bo Qualls, and then one from Brandon Qualls at the 6:05 mark of the fourth period saw Cave City in control at 53-40.
The Cavemen closed the game on a 10-4 run to post a 63-47 win over ICC.
In senior girls' action, the Cavewomen led wire-to-wire en route to a 60-42 win over the Lady Cougars.
Cave City raced out to a 9-1 lead before Mandy Haney (13 points) hit a 3-pointer to stall the Cavewomen's momentum.
The Cavewomen closed the first period strong with a 7-zip run keyed by Katie Howell's (nine points) triple, to lead 16-7 after one.
ICC's Lauren Cunningham (14 points) single-handedly kept the Lady Cougars in contention in the second period as she logged eight of ICC's 12 points in the frame.
Christine Curtis (15 points) popped two 3-pointers in the period for the Cavewomen, and when Sarah Fugett (13 points) busted her second triple of the game with 1:06 left before the half, Cave City led 30-17.
A jumper from Blair Gay midway into the third had ICC within 10, at 36-26, before Cave City went on a 9-3 run to go on top 45-30 at the end of the period.
The Cave City defense held ICC without a field goal until the 3:45 mark of the fourth as the Cavewomen pulled away for a 60-42 win.
The Lady Cougars also dropped a 61-56 game to Sloan-Hendrix Oct. 30.
Mandy Haney led the Lady Cougars with 16 points, while Lauren Cunningham posted a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards.
Ariel Yancey tallied 11 points for ICC.
The Cougars fared better against Sloan-Hendrix, winning 55-52 to post their first win of the year.
Trailing 49-52, ICC's Justin Burns buried a 3 that knotted the game at 52-all with 3 seconds left on the game clock.
Sloan-Hendrix immediately called a time-out, but they had none left, resulting in a technical foul.
Burns canned both free throws to put ICC up by two points.
Scott Stirling added a free throw as the Cougars prevailed.