The Mammoth Spring Bears took advantage of a three-minute scoring drought by Viola in the second period of their Nov. 21 matchup to grab a lead they would not relinquish as they handed the Longhorns a 61-49 loss on Bears' Homecoming 2003 at the Mammoth Spring Gymnasium.
The Longhorns were kind of behind the 8-Ball as Brett Cotter, their high-scoring guard, was unable to contribute because of a bum ankle, and Dustin Jones, their 6-9 tower in the paint, picked up two quick fouls midway into the third and sat out the fourth as the Longhorns tried to climb out of the 10-point hole they were in for most of the second half.
The first period was a close affair with Mammoth Spring in front late until the Longhorns closed with a couple of hoops, including a trey from Kevin Painter with 15 ticks on the clock. This switched the lead to Viola's favor, 14-13, after one. Painter led the Longhorns with 16 points, including three 3-pointers.
The second period of play turned out to be the decisive one for the Bears as they opened with a pair of hoops, spurred by Adam Brown's (15 points) first 3-ball of the game.
After Viola's Cory Batterton (seven points) turned a steal into a hoop at the 5:07 point of the frame to tie the score at 18-all, it was Mammoth Spring from there until the half.
Seth Risner (10 points) canned a trey, and Wesley Whiteside tossed in a pair of hoops that sent the Bears on a run that put them up 29-21 at intermission. Whiteside paced the Bears with a game high 19, most coming in the paint.
The Longhorns managed only three field goals in the second period, but Cody Hutson (five points) did bust a 3-pointer just before the half to stop Mammoth Spring's scoring run.
The Bears extended their strong play into the third period by building a 10-point lead.
Dustin Jones posted his last hoop of the game at the 3:54 mark, as he finished with eight points for the night, drawing Viola closer, down 35-27.
Painter drained another trey just before the end of the third, as the Longhorns still had hope, trailing 39-32 going into the fourth.
The Longhorns made things interesting late in the fourth, as a traditional 3-point play from Painter was preceded by a trey from Justin Richardson for six straight points that cut the Bears' lead to 52-46 with 1:44 left in the game.
Mammoth Spring didn't budge from there, as they ended the game on a 9-3 run to post a 61-49 win over the Longhorns.
In girls' action, the Lady Bears attacked the basket, driving inside the paint for most of their first-half points as they held off the Lady Longhorns 55-49.
Trailing 5-4 early in the first period to Viola, the Lady Bears grabbed the lead with four consecutive steals they turned into layups to take a 12-7 lead.
Dana Carroll (eight points) put the cap on the first period by draining a trey at the buzzer off an inbounds play to give the Lady Bears their first hoop outside the paint, and a 15-7 lead after one.
Mammoth Spring built this advantage to 22-9 in the second as Kaycee Estes (14 points) also hit a deep bomb for the Lady Bears.
Lady Longhorn Lindsey Barker answered back with her first 3-ball of the game to keep Viola from falling into a deeper hole. Barker paced the Lady Longhorns with a game high 18 points.
Barker then logged seven of the last eight points for Viola in the period as the Lady Bears held a 27-19 lead at halftime.
Kyla Batterton (13 points) and Cayla Cotter (five points) each tossed in a hoop to start the third as the Lady Longhorns used a 8-3 run to pull closer as they were down three, 30-27.
Estes popped a big 3-pointer to quiet the Viola spurt, before the Lady Longhorns reeled off six straight points to tie the game at 35-all late in the frame.
Mammoth Spring climbed back on top as Carroll fed Maggie Harrell for a hoop and free throw to give the Lady Bears a 38-35 lead.
This lead was shortlived as the Lady Longhorns claimed the advantage for the first time since early in the game to start the fourth.
Mammoth Spring immediately tied the game at 43-all on a backdoor layup by Madison Busch (16 points).
With the score locked at 47-all, and 1:39 on the clock, the Lady Longhorns missed three costly free throws down the stretch that allowed the Lady Bears to grab the lead for good.
Ann Whiteside (11 points) sealed the deal for Mammoth Spring with a hoop and free throw with one tick left on the clock as the Lady Bears held off a game effort from Viola for a 55-49 win.