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Katz, Lady Katz claw out wins over Viola

Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Bearkat gymnasium in Melbourne welcomed the visiting Viola Longhorns for a set of games on Dec. 14 before the holiday break.The evening favored the home team, as the Bearkatz won two out of the three games.The Lady Bearkatz and Lady Longhorns faced off in a game that at times resembled a free throw shooting contest.The Lady Bearkatz came out on top 43-38.Inside play was the key for both teams in the first period.Ashley Brown accounted for half of the Lady Bearkatz 12 points in the period by posting up on the low block.Viola countered with Brandi Shrable and Ashley Jones in the paint to trail by 1 at 12-11 to start the second period.Off the bench to start the second frame, Anjuli Yancey kicked in a quick 4 points to push the Lady Bearkatz out in front 16-11.The Lady Longhorns kept close with a pair of free throws and then a stickback by Hannah Benton at the 4:01 mark.Back-to-back jumpers from Ashley Jones saw the Lady Longhorns down by a count of 21-20 at the 2:00 mark.Free throws took over the period as Melbourne made 5, and Viola 3, for a 26-23 Lady Bearkat lead at the half.The third period was a low-scoring affair that was dominated by more foul shots.The Lady Longhorns fired first with a pair of inside buckets from Hannah Benton and Brandi Shrable that evened things things at 27-all.Four free throws later, Viola had a 31-27 advantage, their first since early in the game.The Lady Bearkatz countered with 3 points of their own from the line, to end the period down 33-30.The Lady Longhorns maintained a 2-point lead until Megan Taylor nailed a 3-pointer to reverse the standings and give the Lady Bearkatz a 39-37 advantage.This was the game's only bucket outside the arc for either squad.With the scales tipped in their favor again, the Lady Bearkatz would not budge.Free throws rounded out the game with Melbourne prevailing, 43-38.In the next game of the evening, the Melbourne Bearkatz faced a task that no team has been able to accomplish in recent years: beat the Viola Longhorns three times in one season.Having won at Viola earlier in the year and then in the semifinals of the Lyon College Tournament last week, the Bearkatz pulled off the trifecta at home with a 68-44 victory.Patrick Davidson set the tempo for the Bearkatz with a pair of long distance treys and a 8-3 lead.The Longhorns, spurred on by Justin Batterton, used a 7-2 run to tie the game at 12-all with 1:15 left in the first period.Not to be outdone, the Bearkatz blasted out 6 straight points and a 18-12 advantage with six ticks left on the clock.This was just enough time for Justin Batterton to launch a missile from halfcourt and narrow the gap to 18-15 at period's end.Period two began with a bang for the Bearkatz.Patrick Davidson exploded for 8 quick points, and a 28-16 lead.At the 4:36 mark, Davidson was whistled for an offensive foul, his third of the game.Sensing this was the time to make a move, Derek Winter and Justin Batterton went to work.The duo combined for 8 points and rallied the Longhorns to within 3, at 28-25.The teams went to halftime with the Bearkatz on top 31-27.The third frame was vintage Bearkat basketball.A pair of long range bombs, coupled with slashing drives to the hoop, added up to a 10-0 Bearkat run deep in the period.The Bearkatz continued to step on the gas petal and ended the third with a comfortable 50-38 lead.The Longhorns were unable to counter this charge and went on to a 68-44 defeat.Patrick Davidson led Melbourne with 23 points.Chad Milligan added 13.High scorers for Viola were Justin Batterton with 20, and Derek Winter with 10.In junior girls action, the visitors from Viola jumped out to a fast 10-4 lead at the start, and cruised to a 41-21 win.The junior Lady Longhorns never trailed in the contest.

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