After starting 0-4, Izard County Consolidated won seven of its next nine games to improved its record to 7-6 (3-2 in conference) with a pair of wins Thanksgiving week.
It started Nov. 25 with a Cougar win over visiting AAA Pocahontas, 46-37.
Jesse Dockins led all scorers with 15 points for ICC in the contest, followed by Robert Stephens with 11.
Luke Holt led Pocahontas with 13 points. It was the Redskins' first game of the season, whose season opener was delayed by the powerhouse football Redskins' two rounds in the state playoffs.
It was a different story for the girls. Pocahontas broke open the game in the second quarter and won going away, 70-41.
Mandy Haney led ICC with 13 points, and Lauren Cunningham scored 11.
Laura Traesch led Pokie with 21 points, followed by Brittany DeClerk with 14 and Lauren Wise with 10.
The ICC junior boys fell to Pocahontas 44-19 the same night. No ICC player scored more than 3 points in the game.
The Cougars were hosts to Mammoth Spring the following night and came away with two victories in three contests.
The senior boys won 54-39 behind the scoring of Justin Burns (20 points) and Robert Stephens (13 points, 11 rebounds). Jesse Dockins had eight assists on the night.
Wesley Whiteside led the Bears (5-6, 2-1 in conference) with 16 points.
Mandy Haney scored more than half the Lady Cougars' points in ICC's 61-51 win over the Lady Bears. Blair Gay added 12 points for ICC.
Mammoth was led by Morgan Haney with 18 points and Dana Carroll with 14.
The win improved the Lady Cougars' mark to 4-8, 3-2.
In the sole loss on the evening, the Junior Lady Cougars fell 49-18 as Melanie Busch (21 points) and Amy Whiteside (11 points) lit up the scoreboard for Mammoth. No ICC player reached double figures.