The Mammoth Spring Lady Bears got a pair of huge 3-pointers from Dana Carroll and Kaycee Estes deep in the fourth period Oct. 30 to stave off a spirited River Valley Lady Rangers' team for a 54-52 victory at Mammoth Spring.
The Lady Bears broke open a 10-all game late in the first period as Estes (25 points) worked a perfect pick-and-roll from Carroll (11 points) for a traditional 3-point play to give the Lady Bears a 13-10 lead after the first period.
The Lady Rangers looked to push the ball inside the paint in the second frame, but the interior defense of Mammoth Spring kept River Valley on the outside looking in.
Suzy Judson (nine points) took a feed from Megan Johnson just before the half and hit a layup to keep River Valley hanging around, down 21-18 at the half.
Estes opened the third period with a trey for the Lady Bears as they moved in front 24-18.
Cassie Huskey (16 points) logged River Valley's first two points of the third on a pair of free throws, before Holly Mize slipped inside for a layup.
A layup by Huskey at the end of the third kept the Lady Rangers in contention, down 34-28.
The Lady Bears immediately opened up the lead just inside the start of the last frame with six unanswered points.
Carroll hit a layup, before Ann Whiteside and Madison Busch (eight points) knocked in a pair of jumpers as Mammoth Spring extended the lead to 40-28.
The Lady Rangers didn't fold, even though they went deep into the frame before posting a field goal.
Christina Wilson (16 points) canned a couple of charity tosses before Huskey cranked out a long trey for the Lady Rangers to start an 8-2 run for River Valley.
The Lady Rangers' fought in the fourth until they grabbed their first lead since early in the game, at the 2:08 mark, 45-43, on a pair of free throws by Wilson.
Undaunted by this turn of events, and down 47-44, Carroll stepped up and busted a big trey for Mammoth Spring that tied the game at 47-all.
The tie was temporary as Huskey hit a jumper to put River Valley on top 49-47, before Estes sank the biggest bucket of the night, a 3-ball that gave the Lady Bears the a 50-49 lead with 33 seconds showing on the clock, a lead they held onto to.
April Durham hit the last hoop of the game for River Valley, a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it was too little, too late as the Lady Rangers' comeback fell two points short as Mammoth Spring won 54-52.
Seth Risner broke loose for 24 points in boys' action as the Bears knocked off the Rangers 67-55.
The first period was a close affair as Eric Johnson (seven points) tied the game at 9-all, allowing Cody Wolverton (eight points) to give the Rangers their first lead of the game at 11-9 with a jumper.
Risner closed the first period with a straight-away trey that moved the margin back to the Bears' side, 12-11, after one.
River Valley's Daniel Bates (14 points) locked the game at 15-all with a layup, before Adam Brown (nine points) uncorked his first trey of the game for the Bears.
Mammoth Spring led 32-28 at the half, as every time River Valley edged closer late in the second, the Bears seemed to have an answer.
Shawn Durham posted the Rangers' first score of the third period on a short jumper inside the lane. Durham led the Rangers with 15 points.
Mammoth Spring used a 7-0 run to end the third period on top 46-36.
The Bears maintained their lead throughout the last frame, using 11 points from Wesley Whiteside in the fourth to post a 67-55 victory over River Valley.