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Bears have happy homecoming

Monday, November 29, 2010

"Through the Years" was the theme of the 2010-2011 Homecoming ceremonies at the Mammoth Spring Gymnasium, Nov. 19.

The festivities included remembering Homecoming queens and their courts from 1960-1961 through this year, along with the crowning of Jessy Jo Vest as the 2010-2011 Homecoming Queen.

The night also featured three basketball games with Izard County.

The Mammoth Spring junior boys could not get their offense on track, but played good defense for the first half of their game. Coming from behind in the third and fourth quarters, the junior Bears came up one point short in the end, falling 20-19.

Cody Faulkner led the junior Cougars with seven points.

Ryan Roberson and Tyler Mullins scored six points each for Mammoth Spring.

The Lady Bears relied on a size and hustle advantage on the boards, along with outstanding offensive team play from Sydney Peck, Kayla Hale, Kaitlyn Haney, Shy Smoot, Tiffany Angotti and Vest.

The Lady Bears were led in scoring by the Homecoming Queen with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Hale added eight boards and 15 points, with Angotti hitting buckets for an additional 10 points to tally a 48-28 victory for Mammoth Spring.

The Cougars and Bears then took center court in the final match up of the Homecoming evening.

Closely matched in size, the two teams battled back and fourth on the hardwood, with Izard County leading 10-6 at the end of one.

The Bears netted eight more points while holding the Cougars to only four to deadlock the score at 14-all going into the locker room at the half.

The Mammoth Spring cheerleaders and "Budda the Bear" kept the full house crowd entertained at the half break before the two teams warmed up for the second half.

A 3-point goal from Matt Turnbough got the Bear fans to their feet and may have been a pivotal turning point, as the Bears matched their first half point total in the third period, helping Mammoth Spring lead the Cougars 28-21 at the end of three.

The outstanding defensive play of Mammoth Spring's Chris Young on Izard County's Dalton Grigg helped the Bears box out for rebounds on the defensive boards and allowed Mammoth Spring to execute its offense.

With 3-point threat Houston Cooper controlling play from the point, Garrett Wooldridge, Caleb Brown and Mason Brown played team ball, finding open shots and clearing boards.

With the Bears on top late in the game, the Cougars had to foul the Bears to stop the clock.

Mammoth Spring took advantage of the charity stripe, adding to its lead by sinking a high percentage of free throws.

And in the end, this helped the Bears hold off the Cougars for a 42-32 victory.

Trenton Hatman led Izard County with 13 points, while Grigg had 11.

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