As of late, the Evening Shade Lady Tigers' basketball squad has resembled something like a MASH unit.
Or as head coach Allen Reding puts it, "We're like the walking wounded."
With a couple of important senior stalwarts sidelined due to injury, the Lady Tigers' already thin roster was at a definite disadvantage as they traveled to Viola Nov. 17 to scrap with the Lady Longhorns.
Without guard Mary Ellen Nix, out with a knee injury, and post player Stephanie Cooksey, bothered with a banged-up hip, Evening Shade just couldn't muster enough points to keep the Lady Longhorns at bay, with Viola winning the non-conference clash 56-23.
Viola's game plan was evident from the outset; work the ball inside to Teegan Baumunk and Micah Thompson for low block buckets.
The Lady Horns went to this well early and often, as Viola's first 10 hoops of the night came in the paint. Baumunk paced the Lady Longhorns with a game-high 15 points, while Thompson added 12.
Viola sprinted out to an 11-0 lead before Meghan Long (four points) got Evening Shade on the board at the 4:18 mark of the first period.
Monica Sharp added a triple for the Lady Tigers late in the first, but Evening Shade was down 19-9 after one.
Long tossed in a pair of free throws early in the second, but that would be the Lady Tigers' lone points for a six-minute stretch as Viola upped its lead to 36-11.
Amanda Nix (nine points) stopped the Lady Horns' 15-0 run with a 3-ball, but Evening Shade trailed 38-14 at intermission.
It was more of the same in the third as the Lady Tigers posted just four points in the frame. Rebecca Kennedy hit a jumper early in the third for Evening Shade, and then it was all Viola the rest of the way.
Jamie Dailey (10 points) popped a 3-pointer midway into the third, and Cortney Winter (six points) closed the period with back-to-back jumpers to help Viola to a 49-18 lead heading into the final frame.
Mikita Thompson scored four of her six points in the fourth as Viola ended the night with a 56-23 win over Evening Shade.
Adlena Coggins and Lindsey Newton finished with four points each for the Lady Longhorns.
The Lady Longhorns (7-3, 2-1) began the week by hammering the Norfork Lady Panthers 49-28 in 2AA-North play at the Panther Pavilion.
A burst of 17 unanswered points in the second period proved to be the difference for Viola in the contest, as the Lady Horns moved on top to stay.
Micah Thompson tossed in a game-high 23 points for Viola, while Dailey added 12, and Winter six. Coggins had four and Mikita Thompson four points each, while Baumunk logged two.