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Lady Bears close out Evening Shade hoops

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The last game in the long history of Evening Shade basketball took place Feb. 12 in the first round of the 1A-2 North District Tournament in Mammoth Spring.

That last game turned out to be 54-29 loss for the Lady Tigers courtesy of the homestanding Lady Bears of Mammoth Spring.

After consolidating with the Cave City School District a couple of years ago, Evening Shade's students will become Cave City students next season, with both schools forming one and attending classes in the new school under construction in Cave City.

As for the last game in Evening Shade history -- it was all Mammoth Spring from the start.

The sixth-seeded Lady Tigers got on the board first, thanks to a layup from Rebecca Kennedy (six points).

Then the third-seeded Lady Bears popped two treys, one by Courtney Risner (six points) and one by Kayly Vest (six points) that, coupled with a layup by Melanie Maguffee (six points), gave Mammoth Spring an 8-2 lead.

Lady Tiger Cassie Huckabee (seven points) halted this 8-0 Mammoth Spring run with a jumper at the 4:30 mark of the first, but that also brought an end to any more points for Evening Shade in the first period of play.

The Lady Bears ripped off the next 20 points of the frame to take a 28-4 lead after one.

Risner and Vest each knocked down their second triple of the first period during this run, while Ashley Walsh (eight points), Kylee Busch (six points) and Maguffee chipped in with four points apiece in Mammoth Spring's string of unanswered points.

Shelby Frey (nine points) opened the second period with a 3-ball for the Lady Bears, the first of Mammoth Spring's 11 points in the frame.

The Lady Tigers countered with two free throws from Jessica Royal (five points) and the first of Keri Rogers' three treys on the night.

Mammoth Spring took a 39-9 lead to the half.

Both teams recorded 10 points each in the third period, but Mammoth Spring's Sunnie Rogers (eight points) capped the frame with a hoop that saw the Lady Bears on top 49-19 after three, en route to a 54-29 victory.

Amy Young finished with three points for Mammoth Spring, with Stevi Benedict posting one point.

The Lady Bears' run through the district tournament came to a close Feb. 13 with a tight 41-40 loss to second-seeded Viola.

Vest paced Mammoth Spring with 10 points in the one-point setback.



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