Mount Pleasant senior guard Erica Biard put on quite a show for the home crowd Nov. 29, tossing in a game-high 30 points and grabbing seven boards in her team's 65-39 1A-2 North victory over the visiting Mammoth Spring Lady Bears.
Turns out Biard's performance was just the warm-up act for what was to follow.
Ninth-grader Conor Lawrence then blew the roof off the Bluebirds' Nest by racking up a game-high 37 points in the senior boys' contest that closed the evening, an 81-76 win by the Bluebirds.
The Bears didn't enter the clash without their own weapons -- Seth Godwin tossed in a team-high 28 points and handed out six assists, while Aaron Shipp busted five treys on his way to 15 points -- but there was just too much Conor Lawrence for Mammoth Spring (8-5, 0-2) to overcome on this night.
Lawrence knocked down 14 points in the first period alone, including a layup at the buzzer, to help Mount Pleasant to a 21-17 lead after one.
To their credit, the Bears hung tough and a spinning move by Wes Davis (eight points) tied the game early in the second and a 3-ball from Jon Marler gave Mammoth Spring a 26-25 advantage at the 4:47 mark of the second.
The Bluebirds (12-2, 1-0) re-took the lead on an old-fashioned 3-point play from Jordan Hutchins (15 points, 14 rebounds), but then Shipp found his groove from beyond the arc and jacked a pair of triples to push Mammoth Spring back in front with a shade over two minutes to play in the first half.
Then the Lawrence brothers took over for Mount Pleasant.
Conor, then Colin Lawrence (18 points) planted back-to-back 3-balls for the Bluebirds.
Then Conor broke free for a layup and with five ticks left before intermission, Colin drilled a trey to give the Bluebirds a 42-34 halftime lead.
For the game, each team knocked down eight 3-pointers, most coming off fast breaks.
Mammoth Spring chipped into this deficit in the third period, starting off with a low post hoop from Gage Busch (11 points, 10 boards).
But still hot from the second period, Shipp nailed a pair of triples deep in the third to pull the Bears within three, 55-52.
Godwin knocked two more points off the margin with a layup at the buzzer that edged Mammoth Spring within one, 55-54, after three.
But much as he had done all night long, the slippery Conor Lawrence then took center stage.
He broke loose to record Mount Pleasant's first two buckets of the third, and then after a pair of free throws from Hutchins, Conor Lawrence pulled up and buried a long trey that staked the Bluebirds to a 64-60 lead at the 5:57 mark of the third.
Godwin drilled a pair of 3-balls in the last 28 seconds of the game, but Mount Pleasant managed to hit enough free throws (eight in the last two minutes) to post an 81-76 win over the Bears.
Dustin Heiskill tallied 12 points for Mount Pleasant, with Abram Qualls adding two.
Trevor Vincent sank eight points for the Bears and Adam Watson posted two points.
In the girls' game, the Lady Bluebirds (10-4, 1-0) used a late run in the first period to build a lead that Mammoth Spring could just not bridge.
With Mammoth Spring leading 7-6 at the 4:13 mark of the first, Mount Pleasant closed the frame on a 14-4 burst to grab control.
Biard chalked up seven of those points during the run, with Melissa Martin (18 points) adding four for Mount Pleasant.
Kayly Vest popped a jumper at the end of the first, but the Lady Bears trailed 20-11 after one.
Vest paced Mammoth Spring with 17 points for the game.
Mount Pleasant got its man-to-man full-court pressure on track to start the second period, keeping Mammoth Spring back on its heels.
The Lady Bears fell behind 32-17, but managed to regroup with a nice run to end the second period.
Vest kicked in seven points and Bianca Piage (four points) sank a layup near the buzzer that ended a 9-2 run for the Lady Bears, pulling Mammoth Spring within eight, 34-26, at intermission.
However, that was as close as Mammoth Spring could get, with Mount Pleasant outscoring the Lady Bears 31-13 in the second half.
Biard tossed in 11 of the Lady Bluebirds' first 13 points in the third, as Mount Pleasant opened up a 47-28 lead.
With a 50-29 lead after three, the Lady Bluebirds kept the pressure turned up to 10 and posted a 65-39 win over Mammoth Spring.
Sara Adams finished with eight points for the Lady Bluebirds.
Jessica Daigle and Niki Edge had four points each for Mount Pleasant.
Stevi Smith notched seven points for Mammoth Spring and Sierra Smoot had five points.
Amy Young, Shelby Frey and Leigha Presley tallied two points each for the Lady Bears.