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Thursday, February 19, 2009

The first 16 minutes of action in the Viola Lady Longhorns' matchup with Melbourne Feb. 10 at the Longhorn Corral was a good, old-fashioned long range shootout.

Viola's Leslie Barker was red-hot from behind the 3-point arc and knocked down four triples in the first half of play.

Melbourne's Amanda Treat came close to matching Barker shot-for-shot, and she drained three triples in the first half of play.

But Barker also got some solid backup in the paint from Taylor Griggs and the Lady Longhorns pushed past the visiting Lady Bearkatz 42-26 in non-conference hoops.

Later in the evening, the Melbourne Bearkatz, ranked number two in Class 2A, evened the score by topping the homestanding Horns 60-42.

In the girls' contest, the Lady Bearkatz, the number five team in Class 2A, certainly did not have their full complement of weapons. Starting point guard Maggie Cooper was forced to sit out the game with an ailing back for Melbourne.

And Viola, holding down the third spot in Class 1A, took full advantage of Cooper's absence from the start.

Chasidy Hutson (nine points) hit a layup and Barker (12 points) followed with the first of her four treys in the first half to give the Lady Longhorns a quick 5-0 lead.

Kaylee Ables broke the ice for Melbourne with an old-fashioned 3-point play, but then the home team ripped off six straight points. Elisabeth Collins (four points) started this run with a stickback, followed by back-to-back buckets down low from Griggs. She led all scorers with a game-high 15 points for Viola.

Amanda Treat (nine points) shook free for a late 3-ball in the first half for Melbourne, but at the end of one period, the Lady Longhorns held a 13-6 lead.

Melbourne opened the second period with a layup from Maggie Caraway (five points) and Treat's second 3-pointer, helping to narrow the gap to 14-11.

But then Barker got busy and drilled a pair of shots from downtown, followed by a spinning layup by Griggs, to give Viola a 22-11 cushion.

Treat nailed her third 3-ball of the first half, but with less than 20 ticks left on the clock, Barker sank her fourth trey, sending the teams to intermission with the Lady Longhorns in front 25-14.

The scoring lamp went dim for both teams in the third period, but Melbourne did get two 3-pointers in the frame from Kenzi Gillihan to pull within five, 25-20.

Viola's only points in the stanza came via two free throws, one by Griggs, the other from Hutson. Still, the Lady Longhorns remained ahead 27-20 heading into the final period.

Melbourne kept plugging away in the fourth, but at every turn, Viola had a response.

Griggs tossed in eight points in the last eight minutes of play and the Lady Longhorns closed the game on a 6-0 run to send Melbourne home with a 42-26 loss.

Kristen Montgomery tallied two points for Viola.

Sara Adams finished with three points for the Lady Bearkatz.

On the boys' side of things, the Bearkatz jumped in front early and cruised to a 60-42 win over the Longhorns.

Melbourne scored the first nine points of the game to establish a big advantage in the opening minutes of the contest.

Chase Massey (14 points) hit a pair of charity tosses, Dalton Grigg (four points) stuck back a missed shot, Kody Caraway (11 points) drilled a trifecta and Spencer Caraway tossed in an acrobatic layup to stake the Katz to a 9-0 lead. Caraway led all scorers with a game-high 15 points.

Viola's lone bucket of the first period came thanks to a layup by Jackson Rains with 4:38 left in the frame.

After Rains' layin, the Bearkatz peeled off the next 13 points of the period, seven by Massey and six by Spencer Caraway, to move on top 22-2 after one.

Blake Baumunk scored the first four points of the second for Viola, but the Bearkatz countered with a 3-ball from Lee Lewis (five points) and layup by Sam Cooper (six points) to maintain their lead.

Levi Flemming (six points) closed the book on the first half with a putback for Viola, but Melbourne was in total control at the half with a 39-14 lead.

Jesse Shrable (three points), Clint Lamey (seven points) and Matt Prinner (eight points) drilled a 3-pointer apiece for Viola in the third, but Melbourne led 48-25 heading into the final period.

Matt Loggains finished with three points for Melbourne, while Abram Qualls added two points.

Ethan Houghtaling and Trey Ressler tallied four points each for the Longhorns, with Jacob Payne and Jacob Luther ending the night with two points apiece.

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