January 8 saw the Mammoth Spring Bears travel south down Highway 9 to pay a visit to the Melbourne Bearkatz for 2AA-North conference action.
The visitors were over powered by their hosts in both games, with the Lady Bears losing 53-39, and the Bears coming out on the wrong end of a 79-64 score.
Senior Megan Taylor made sure the Lady Bearkatz were never seriously challenged by Mammoth Spring.
Taylor poured in 15 points in the first period to give Melbourne a 21-6 lead at the end of one.
The Lady Bears continued their sluggish play into the second period and trailed 32-15 at the half, with senior Chelsea Tyson accounting for 6 of her teams total points.
Turnovers at the start of the second half plagued the Lady Bears, thus keeping them from mounting a comeback attempt.Melbourne continued to fluster the Lady Bears in the final frame and breezed to a 53-39 victory.
Megan Taylor speared the Lady Bearkatz charge with 22 points.Junior Mandy McCollum added 13.
Mammoth Spring's high scorer was Chelsea Tyson with 18 points.
In the second game of the evening, the Mammoth Spring Bears sent a message early that they were not intimidated by the Bearkatz of Melbourne.
Senior Bearkatz Patrick Davidson stole the ball off the opening tip and went strong to the hoop for a two-handed dunk.
The Bears set the tone for a physical contest by fouling Davidson hard on the play.
This seemed to inspire the Bearkatz as they hopped out to an early 8-2 lead.
Senior Matt Newman kept the Bears afloat with a pullup jumper and a pair of free throws.
The Bearkatz finished the first period with a 21-14 lead thanks to the Davidson combo.Sophomore Jordan Davidson dropped in 5 quick points and Patrick Davidson nailed a trey for a strong finish to the period.
The Bearkatz lead swelled to 32-19 midway into the second period on a traditional 3-point play by junior Chad Milligan.Tough defense stymied the Bears offense which managed to tally just 10 points in the second period.
At halftime the scoreboard found Melbourne holding a comfortable 40-24 margin.
The slumbering Bears looked to come out of hibernation in the third frame.
Finding the firepower that was missing in first half play, the Bears sank a pair of long range bombs from sophomore Seth Risner and senior Derek Todd to narrow the gap to 43-32.
As if on cue, Patrick Davidson responded to the Bears threat with a 3-pointer of his own for Melbourne.
Sophomore Wesley Whiteside logged 6 consecutive points for Mammoth Spring with some nifty post play to give the Bears a glimmer of hope.
Around every corner the Bearkatz fired back with big plays of their own to keep Mammoth Spring at arms length.
Bearkatz Jordan Davidson put on the finishing touches early in the last frame when he turned a steal into a layup and free throw to boost the Melbourne lead to 71-49.
With the bridge too long to cross, the Bears fell to 2-2 in conference play with the 79-64 setback.
The victory kept Melbourne with a perfect conference mark at 4-0.
The Bearkatz got huge games from Patrick Davidson with 35, and Jordan Davidson with 21.
For the Bears, Matt Newman led with 18, followed by Wesley Whiteside with 14 and Seth Risner with 11.