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Longhorns travel to Mammoth Spring

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

The Viola Longhorns' trip to Mammoth Spring was highlighted by a pair of outstanding individual performances, one in a blowout 75-43 victory by the Lady Longhorns, one in a close 58-52 win by the Mammoth Spring Bears.In the senior girls game, Mammoth Spring jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the contest behind the inside play of Lady Bear senior Chelsea Tyson.Midway through the first period, Viola started to clamp down on the Lady Bears with a full-court press.Senior Lady Longhorn Ashley Jones turned a steal into an easy layup, was fouled, and went to the line to complete the 3-point play. As the Lady Bears would find out, Jones was just starting to hit her stride.A conventional 3-point play by Tyson at the 2:33 mark put the Lady Bears up by a count of 11-8. This would be their last lead of the game.In the span of one minute, Jones would drain a trey from outside and hit a driving layup inside to give the Lady Longhorns a 15-13 lead to end the period.The second period would open up with a free throw by Tyson to bring the Lady Bears to within a point.Just as it appeared things were beginning to even out, Jones was fouled attempting a shot outside the 3-point arc. This led to three free throws for a 5-point Viola lead.As in the first period, the full court press bothered the Lady Bears. Two quick turnovers paved the way for a 24-16 Viola lead at the 6:20 mark of the period.The Lady Bears would manage to hang around a 5-point deficit on an outside trey by senior Morgan Haney.With 4:09 left in the period, the Lady Longhorn bench was hit with a technical foul for un-sportsmanlike conduct. Two free throws from Tyson, plus the ball out of bounds, gave the Lady Bears a brief shot of momentum.The Lady Bears would get a put-back on a missed shot, plus one free throw from Tyson to bring them within two at 33-31 with 1:38 left. Viola would then go on to outscore Mammoth Spring 6-2 to end the first half leading 39-33.The second half would be notable for two things; Ashley Jones and Lady Bears turnovers.Jones hit for six quick points to put the Lady Longhorns up by 10 points, 43-33, to start the third. Jones would finish with 33 points.The Lady Bears would not get their first score until Chelsea Tyson drove for a lay-up at the 5:30 mark of the period. Tyson led Mammoth Spring with 12 points.The first five minutes of the period was marked by a succession of Lady Bears turnovers and ball handling woes.Five consecutive trips down the floor led to five turnovers for the Lady Bears. Viola used the miscues to outscore Mammoth Spring 21-4 in the period to put the game away. Reserves from both squads saw considerable action in the final frame, as Viola cruised to a 75-43 win. In senior boys action, both teams got out of the gate slowly.The game began to heat up on a 3-point shot by senior Bear Matt Newman midway into the first period.The Longhorns kept the Bears out of the paint with tough inside defense provided by Dustin Jones. Another trey by Newman doubled the Bears' lead, 8-4, at the 3:12 point of the period. A couple of baseline jumpers by senior Seth Wooldridge gave the Bears a 12-4 advantage to end the first.The Longhorns carried their sluggish play into the second period.A running jumper by sophomore Wesley Whiteside put the Bears up by 10 halfway through the stanza.Two minutes later, Whiteside snaked inside for a bucket to put the Bears up 22-10 with 3:10 left in the half.The Longhorns would score only six more points to end the first half in a 30-16 hole.Longhorn Justin Batterton would leave the locker room scoring to start the third. His driving basket and free throw would keep Viola within striking distance.Batterton turned an errant Bear pass into a coast-to-coast layup and free throw to keep the Longhorns afloat.The Longhorns would continue their roll behind Batterton. His quick hands on defense frustrated the Bears' perimeter offense.With 40 seconds left in the period, Batterton hit a huge trey to close the gap to a 40-38 Bears advantage.The Bears refused to let the Longhorns gain any further ground. A traditional 3-point play by Whiteside pushed the Bears' lead back to five. A 12-foot jumper, then a layup by Whiteside put the tally at 53-46 with 4:25 left in the game.Free throw shooting would prove critical down the stretch.At the 2:00 mark, with the Bears up 58-52, Longhorn Derek Winter tipped in a missed shot to cut the lead to three.With 30 seconds left, Seth Wooldridge missed the front end of a one-and-one that would have put the Bears up by five.In a hurry for points, Justin Batterton was fouled going to the basket and sank two free throws to pull the Longhorns to within one at 60-59 with 18 ticks left on the clock.The Longhorns then fouled immediately on the inbounds to stop the clock.Wooldridge stepped to the charity stripe and dropped in two free throws to give the Bears a little breathing room at 62-59.A free throw by Batterton ended the scoring for Viola at 60. Batterton finished with a game high 33 points. Matt Newman iced the 64-60 victory for Mammoth Spring with two free throws with five seconds left.Wesley Whiteside led the Bears with 19 points.

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