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Defense cures shooting ills for Cavewomen

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Any basketball team that shoots just 21-percent from the floor in a game is just asking to lose that game.

But the Cave City Cavewomen are not just any basketball team.

And although they did in fact struggle from the field Nov. 24 at Mammoth Spring, hitting just 12 of 57 shot attempts, the Cavewomen still managed to come away with a 33-18 victory over the homestanding Lady Bears.

How?

By playing lights-out defense in the second half.

Cave City kept Mammoth Spring from getting any decent looks at the hoop in the last two periods, forced the Lady Bears into 11 turnovers and held Mammoth Spring to just two points the entire second half of play.

Through Cave City's first five games this year, all victories, the Cavewomen have allowed just one opponent, Southside, to score over 30 points for the game. And the Lady Southerners only posted 31 points in a blowout win for Cave City.

The Lady Bears got off to a good start against Cave City, getting a layup from Bianca Paige (four points) and trey by Kaitlyn Haney (seven points) to jump in front 5-0 to start the night.

But Cave City closed the first on a 12-2 run to pull ahead 12-7 after one. Jessica Hall (six points) drilled a pair of treys during that run, Cave City's only long balls of the game.

Both teams had issues finding an offensive flow in the second period and three straight points from Tiffany Angotti (five points) helped Mammoth Spring pull even at 12-all.

The score remained locked at 16-all at the half, with both teams going cold from the field and the free throw line down the stretch to close the first half.

But in the second half, Cave City found its defensive purpose and clamped down on the Lady Bears.

Haley Bell (eight points) opened the third with four straight points, while Cheyenne Childers (eight points) closed the third with four straight points, giving Cave City a 24-16 advantage after three.

The Cavewomen continued to turn up the pressure in the final frame and Mammoth Spring's lone points of the second half came with 22 ticks left in the game on a layup from Jamie Bellows.

By outscoring the Lady Bears 17-2 in the second half, Cave City turned a tight game at intermission into victory number five on the young season.

Rachel Roebuck and Claire Caldwell finished with four points each for Cave City, with Brooklyn Brinkley adding three.

In boys' action, Mammoth Spring (9-1) used a pair of big performances from Wes Coffey and Caleb Brown to knock off the Cavemen (3-4) 52-44.

Coffey tossed in a game-high 21 points and pulled down 10 boards, while Brown followed with 20 points and eight rebounds for the Bears.

With Mammoth Spring up 9-8 late in the first, Cave City got buckets from Brandon Gillihan (eight points) and Derek Bailey to ease in front 12-9 after one.

Seth Foreman (10 points) added to Cave City's cushion with a 3-ball early in the second period, but Coffey hit four straight hoops for the Bears to knot the game at 19-all with 1:10 left in the frame.

But Cave City had the last say in the half, thanks to a trifecta from Foreman and layup by Zac Smith (five points), pushing the visitors on top 24-19 at intermission.

It was tight going in the third with neither side able to open up much breathing room.

Dalton Bell (seven points) racked up an old-fashioned 3-point play and then hit a jumper late in the stanza for the Cavemen, squaring the game at 35-all heading into the final frame.

And in the fourth, Mammoth Spring was finally able to make its move.

With things locked at 39-all, Coffey racked up four points, with Brown adding two, helping push the Bears in front 45-40.

Foreman knocked down back-to-back shots for Cave City, his last one pulling the Cavemen within three, 47-44, with 25 ticks left.

But Coffey drained three charity tosses and Brown stuck back a missed free throw, helping the Bears to a 52-44 victory.

Austin Hite finished with four points for Mammoth Spring, while Chris Young had three. Blake Greene and Houston Cooper (seven assists) ended the game with two points apiece.

Taylor Milligan and Dexter Huckabee logged four points each for Cave City.



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