You really can't blame Sloan-Hendrix if it never wants to visit Melbourne again.
Especially after the way both the Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds were roughed up Jan. 6 at the sparkling new Bearkatz' Den..
Overpowered from the start by a pair of talented and deep squads from Melbourne, Sloan-Hendrix absorbed a pair of 2-2A beatings, the Lady Greyhounds falling to Melbourne 51-37 and the boys not faring any better, with the Bearkartz hammering the Greyhounds 76-26.
In girls' action, the Lady Bearkatz (16-4, 3-1) popped five triples in the first half, while Sloan-Hendrix struggled just to find the hoop in the game's first two periods.
And when Sloan-Hendrix did get a decent look at the rim, its shots simply just would not fall.
The game was tied at 2-all when Melbourne pulled away.
Kaylee Ables (six points) hit a 3-ball and Maggie Cooper tossed in five straight points to push the Lady Katz on top 10-2. Cooper led all scorers with 16 points in the game.
Up 12-6 after one, Melbourne continued to roll in the second, opening the stanza with a 12-zip run that further buried the Lady Greyhounds.
Sara Adams (eight points, nine boards) started the damage with a stickback for Melbourne, followed by a hoop and triple by Kenzi Gillihan (seven points). Maggie Caraway (six points) then blasted a trey and Kelsey Dale put back a missed shot to shoot the Lady Katz in front 24-6.
Sloan-Hendrix could just manage nine points in the second period and trailed 31-15 at intermission.
Melbourne came out of the locker room a bit sluggish to start the third and the Lady Greyhounds took advantage by scoring the first five points of the frame.
Sloan-Hendrix had cut the gap to 10, 32-22, when the Lady Bearkatz snapped back to life.
Maggie Cooper drilled a 3-ball and then swiped the ball and sank a layup to get Melbourne back on track late in the third. Tori Taylor capped the period nicely by sinking a trey that gave the Lady Bearkatz a 40-22 lead after three.
And that was as close as Sloan-Hendrix would get down the stretch.
Abbi Miller wrapped up Melbourne's scoring with a 3-ball late in the fourth, giving the Lady Bearkatz a convincing 51-37 thrashing of Sloan-Hendrix.
Things were much the same in the boys' clash.
Melbourne's one-two-three punch of Chase Massey, Lee Lewis and Spencer Caraway made sure of that.
The trio got Melbourne off to a fast start, with the Katz (16-3, 4-0) grabbing a 28-7 lead after the first period of play. And that would have been enough, as Melbourne racked up more first-period points than the Greyhounds could muster for the entire contest.
In a little less than two-and-a-half periods of work in the game, Massey racked up 20 points, while Lewis added 19 and Spencer Caraway 10.
Holding a 15-5 lead midway into the first period, Melbourne went on a 13-2 run the remainder of the frame to take a 21-point lead after the first period.
The Katz kept runnin' and rollin' in the second period.
Abraham Qualls (five points) opened the stanza with a trey and Sam Cooper added a hoop to push Melbourne in front 33-7.
Melbourne ended the second in the same way it started it -- with a big run.
Lewis hit a layup, Qualls added a free throw, Massey broke free for a layup, Sam Blankenship hit a 3 and Dalton Grigg (six points, 13 rebounds) tossed in two charity tosses to cap an 11-zip burst, staking Melbourne to a 50-18 advantage at intermission.
Sloan-Hendrix found just five points in the third and trailed 70-23 after three.
Matt Loggains tallied six points for the Bearkatz, while Chris Conrad, Derek Baird and Luke Miller recorded two points apiece for Melbourne.
It took an extra period, but the Lady Bearkatz knocked off Walnut Ridge 71-66 on the road Jan. 9.
Maggie Caraway drilled a 3-ball as time expired in the fourth period to lock the contest at 62-all, sending it to overtime.
In that extra frame, Melbourne outscored the Lady Bobcats 9-4 to earn the victory.
Maggie Cooper scorched the nets for a game-high 33 points for the Lady Bearkatz.
In boys' action, Spencer Caraway racked up 21 points to lead the Bearkatz past the Bobcats 52-29 later in the evening.
Melbourne led 29-15 at intermission and 41-23 after three periods of play.