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Bearkatz take two from visiting Cougarsfrom visiting Cougars

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

GOOD FOR 3: Lady Bearkat Megan Taylor draws a long 3-point to lead Melbourne to a big win against the ICC Lady Cougars. Photo/Mullins
Melbourne played host to a Class AA-2 North Conference matchup between the Bearkatz and their neighboring rivals, the ICC Cougars.A packed house witnesed an easy 63-40 win for the Lady Bearkatz, and in a competitive boys game, the home team took a 60-50 victory.In senior girls play, Melbourne jumped out to an early first period lead behind Lady Bearkatz Megan Taylor and Ashley Brown.Taylor started the game with a 3-pointer and Brown worked inside the paint for her scores.Lady Cougar Melissa Sherrell provided a spark for ICC with 5 fast points, including a layup at the first period buzzer.The period ended with the scoreboard on the side of the Lady Bearkatz at 21-13.Lady Cougar Mandy Haney hit two free throws just inside the second period start to pull ICC within 4 points at 21-17.The Lady Bearkatz would answer with a 15-foot jumper from Brown and a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Taylor.Several unproductive trips down the court for Melbourne let ICC hang around with a 12-point deficit, 38-26, at halftime.The Lady Cougars came out of the locker room ice cold in the second half.The Lady Bearkatz took advantage of the Lady Cougars' shooting woes and went on a 21-6 run to end the third period up 59-32.Although they would score just 4 points in the final period, that was enough for a 63-40 victory for the Lady Bearkatz.Leading scorers for Melbourne; Megan Taylor (26), Ashley Brown (14).For ICC; Mandy Haney (14), Mellisa Sherrell (12).In the senior boys game, both teams came out firing on all cylinders.Cougar Rex Burrow took the opening tip to the basket to start the game.Jordan Davidson would get the Bearkatz on the board with a 3-pointer.Joe Hawkins used a floating jumper to keep ICC close, at 9-8, with 3:50 left in the first period.A couple of turnovers by the Bearkatz provided a spurt of points for the Cougars.After a layup by Cougar Josh Jackson, the Bearkatz surrendered the lead, at 16-14, to close the period.As the result of a physical opening period, both teams began the second frame in the bonus.Free throws made up the bulk of the scoring, until Joe Hawkins nailed a driving layup at the 1:50 mark to give the Cougars a 24-22 lead.With the last seconds ticking off the clock, Hawkins struck again with a 3-pointer from NBA range to pad the Cougars' lead at the half, 29-24.The second half would show why Lehigh University is proud to claim Bearkat Patrick Davidson as a member of its freshman class of 2002.Bearkat Jordan Davidson drained a baseline jumper to pull Melbourne to within 3 to begin the second half.Allen Roberts answered for the Cougars with a pull-up shot in the lane.The pace was up-tempo as Bearkat Andrew McFarland drilled a 3-pointer, then Jordan Davidson sank two free throws to tie the game at 33 with 4:54 left in the third.With the score even, senior Bearkat Patrick Davidson took flight.A nifty steal and layup, followed by a mid-range jump shot by Davidson was part of 10 unanswered points by the Bearkatz.A traditional 3-point play by Rex Burrow would end the period with ICC on the bottom of a 43-39 score.

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