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Cougars swipe Bears in conference action

Wednesday, December 5, 2001

BROCKWELL -- The ICC Cougars hosted conference rival Mammoth Spring for a full slate of action last Tuesday night, and the Cougars sent the Bears home with only one win on the evening.In the junior girls' contest, the junior Lady Bears of Mammoth held off a late rally from ICC to claim a 31-26 win.In the varsity games, ICC took control of the evening and racked up some key wins.In the senior girls' game, ICC drew first blood with a backdoor layin. Mammoth Spring countered when Morgan Haney canned a trey from the top of the key to put the Lady Bears up 3-2.Melissa Sherrell stuck back her first of many rebounds on the evening to give ICC the lead at 4-3, a lead that they would not relenquish for the rest of the game.A score from the right side gave ICC a double score on the Lady Bears.The teams pretty well traded out scores throughout the remainder of the first quarter, with ICC racing out to an 18-14 lead after one period on the strength of Sherrell's 12 points.ICC opened their lead on up in the second quarter, outscoring Mammoth Spring 11-4 early on. After their initial run, the Lady Cougars were held in check by the Lady Bears, and the half-time score showed ICC holding onto a 40-25 lead.Neither team could gain much of an advantage in the third quarter, and the Lady Cougars maintained a 52-36 lead heading into the final quarter. Defense ruled the final quarter. The Lady Bears doubled the point total of the Lady Cougars, but couldn't overcome the lead that ICC had amassed early on. After ICC got back-to-back buckets, their lead had eased out to 56-36. The Lady Bears came storming back in, finishing the quarter on an 8-0 run, but the clock ran out too fast to complete the comeback. ICC took the game 56-44.Leading the way for ICC was Melissa Sherrell with 24 points and Mandy Haney with 14.For the Lady Bears, Chelsea Tyson led the way with 14, and Haney hit double digits with 11.In the senior boys' contest, the fans got more than their money's worth. After ICC got back-to-back buckets from Shane Irgens to open the game with a 4-point lead, the Bears caught fire and came on strong.Seth Risner drained a trey from the right corner, then Wesley Whiteside hit a short jumper in the lane, a layup after a steal, and a stickback to push Mammoth Spring out to a 9-4 lead.Allen Roberts hit a pullup jumper off the right wing and Rex Burrow hit a hard-driving layup to pull ICC back to within 1-point. The Bears got a couple of charity tosses and ICC used an Irgens floater in the lane and a Burrow jumper inside to end the first quarter all knotted up at 12-all. It was nip-and-tuck throughout the second quarter with both teams having the lead at different times, but the Bears wound up with the lead at the break, taking a 29-25 lead into the locker room. ICC tried their best to retake the lead in the third quarter, but the Bears refused to give it up. After the Cougars climbed to within a single point at 36-35, the Bears opened their lead back up. An ICC free throw cut the gap to 2-points, but the Bears got back-to-back baskets to end the third quarter, giving Mammoth Spring a 42-36 lead heading into the final stanza.ICC proved the old saying "It's not how you start, it's how you finish" when they finished the game by outscoring the Bears 27-12 in the final quarter.After the Cougars and Mammoth Spring traded buckets to start the final quarter, ICC ran off 17 unanswered points to take control of the game, with Irgens and Burrow providing the 1-2 punch for the Cougars.After the Cougars had taken a 55-44 lead, Mammoth Spring got their second bucket of the quarter with 2:01 left to cut their deficit to single digit.With the lead and the clock as an ally, the Cougars worked the ball with patience, forcing Mammoth Spring to foul down the stretch, and ICC hit their free throws. The Cougars scored their last 14 points on charity tosses, connecting on 14 of 18 to ice the game.Leading the way with double digits for the Cougars, Rex Burrow had a game high 23 points, while Shane Irgens had 20 points.For the Bears, Whiteside had 17 points while Matt Newman had 12 points.

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