With snowflakes the size of quarters falling outside, the Willow Springs Bears dropped in to compete with the Thayer Bobcats in South Central Association play Feb. 4.
While they may or may not have brought the snow with them, the Bears did take back with them a 63-45 victory at the end of the evening.
In a low-scoring first quarter, the Bobcats were able to contain the high-powered offense of the Bears and match up equally across the floor with Willow Springs.
The Bears held a one-point lead, 13-12, at the end of one.
At the 4:24 mark of the second period, Thayer's Austin Henry launched a long shot, which spiraled around the rim before dropping in, to give the Bobcats a 20-19 lead.
The athletic Bears unleashed some strong and effective full-court pressure, which turned into quick and easy points, helping pivot the Bears ahead 28-25 at intermission.
The Bobcats battled hard to get shots to fall without much success, managing only six points in the third. The Cats' aggressive defense began to take a toll in the foul department, while the Bears hit nothing but net at the free throw line, advancing Willow Springs to a 45-31 lead to end three.
The Bobcats had a couple of spurts for scores in their 14-point final quarter, but could not contain the Bears.
Willow Springs' press gave the Bobcats fits while leading to 18 breakaway points for the 63-45 Bear victory over the Bobcats.