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Lady Bear defense tames Lady Tigers

Friday, November 24, 2006

It was just one of those nights.

A night when the home team could do no wrong, while the visiting team found obstacle after obstacle in its way.

The obstacle standing in the way of the visiting Evening Shade Lady Tigers on this night was suffocating defensive pressure by the homestanding Mammoth Spring Lady Bears.

Mammoth Spring used an aggressive full-court trap to force the Lady Tigers into 23 first-half turnovers, with 14 coming in the first eight minutes of play, en route to a 61-25 victory in 1A-2 North play Nov. 16.

With a seemingly endless supply of quick hands attacking the basketball all night long, the Lady Bears kept Evening Shade out of any kind of a comfort zone on the offensive end of the court from the game's outset.

The Lady Bears, however, had no such troubles and jumped out to a fast 6-0 lead to start things off.

A free throw from Kayly Vest (six points) got the Lady Bears on the board, followed by a jumper from Melanie Maguffee (10 points) and the first of Courtney Risner's (11 points) three treys for the game.

Rebecca Kennedy posted Evening Shade's first points of the contest with a jumper at the 5:26 point of the first. Kennedy scored all of the Lady Tigers' six points in the first period, on her way to a game-high 13 points.

A layup by Kennedy with 2:38 showing on the first-period clock turned out to be Evening Shade's last points in the frame, with Mammoth Spring closing the book on the stanza with a 12-0 burst fueled by takeaways.

Risner hit a pair of 3-balls during the run, while Kylee Busch (12 points) chipped in with a layup off a steal. Maguffee hit a quick turnaround near the end of the period to stake the Lady Bears to a big 21-6 lead after one.

Busch tossed in the first six points of the second period for Mammoth Spring, while the Lady Tigers countered with hoops from Cassie Huckabee (five points) and Michaela Walls.

But the Lady Bears refused to budge, turning over Evening Shade to keep the Lady Tigers off balance.

Sunnie Rogers (10 points) drilled a 3-pointer with a shade over a minute left until the half, extending the Lady Bears' advantage to 38-12.

Shelby Frey canned a pair of free throws right before the break to send the two sides to the half with Mammoth Spring holding serve, up 40-12.

The second half of play was similar, with Evening Shade just not able to cut much off the Lady Bears' big lead.

Mammoth Spring held the Lady Tigers to seven points in the third period, two from Anna Bryant, the rest from Kennedy, to take a 53-19 lead to the fourth period. Lanette Romans capped the third period by tossing in a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Rogers and Leigha Presley hit a trey apiece for Mammoth Spring in the final period, while the Lady Tigers got a 3-bomb from Keri Rogers to end the game with Mammoth Spring on top 61-25.

Ashley Walsh tallied four points for the Lady Bears.

The Bears had little trouble with Williford, posting an 85-56 victory in 1A-2 North action Nov. 14.

Trevor Vincent paved the way for the Bears with 18 points and seven rebounds.

Seth Godwin added 17 points and eight assists, while Wes Davis racked up 15 points.

Gage Busch posted 14 points and grabbed nine boards for Mammoth Spring (4-4, 1-0).



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