The past few seasons have seen some spirted battles on the hardwood between the Thayer Bobcats and Dora Falcons, with the outcome of the game usually hinging on a couple of key possessions.
But the first meeting of the 2011 season between the two squads, while certainly spirited, was anything but close.
The Cats jumped in front early, led wire-to-wire and sent Dora packing with a 57-38 Thayer victory in the finals of the Fin to Fur Holiday Tournament Dec. 3 at Koshkonong High School.
Levi Hargrove set the pace for the Bobcats in this one with his work underneath the hoop.
Hargrove racked up 11 of his game-leading 17 points in the first half of play for Thayer.
Dylan Dennis (eight points) started things off with a trey for the Bobcats, while Rickey Smith (nine points) got free for a hoop in the paint.
Hargrove closed the first frame with four straight points to stake Thayer to a 10-6 lead after one.
Picking up where he left off in the first, Hargrove scored the first four points of the second to push Thayer in front 14-6.
The Falcons regrouped and eased within six points late in the second, but Hargrove hit a free throw and Austin Henry (seven points) knocked down a bucket in the paint to give the Cats a 22-13 cushion at the half.
Thayer continued to control both ends of the court in the third period, taking a 38-25 lead into the final stanza.
Brandon Childers and Jacob Alford finished with four points each for the Bobcats, while Jeremy Cabrales had two.
In the tourney semis Dec. 2, the Cats pushed past the Couch Indians 43-29.
Thayer led 11-3 after one, 25-12 at the half and 28-14 at the end of three periods of play.
In the finals of the junior varsity bracket, Thayer knocked off Dora 38-33.
The Bobcats trailed 12-4 after one, but pulled within three points, down 19-16 at the half.
In the third period, Thayer made its move and eased in front 26-24 heading into the fourth period.