A big crowd filled up the stands at Mammoth Spring High School on Friday, Nov. 16, for Homecoming activities, including coronating a king and queen and their court. There was also activity on the court -- three games between the Bears and the Cougars from Izard County Consolidated.
ICC's junior Cougars had too much fire power, speed and height for the young Mammoth Spring junior Bears to handle. ICC junior boys came out on top 46-27.
With the varsity boys taking center court, the first half of basketball was a shoot out. Mammoth Spring led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter, but the second quarter was a struggle. 23 first half points from Collin Powell for the Bears, kept Mammoth within eight of the Cougars, but two three pointers and 30 first half points from ICC's Trenton Hatman, gave the Cougars a 42-34 halftime lead.
Mammoth's Josh Cathy buried a three pointer at the buzzer to put the Bears in the lead 52-49 at the end of the third quarter. But the Cougars defended well and picked up nine fourth quarter points from Chris King to come out on top with a 74-61 final score, over the Bears.
As the Lady Bears took the court, Homecoming queen Kaitlyn Stewart used cruches to make her way up the sideline to the bench, to yell in support of her team, Stewart, a Lady Bear senior, could only watch, after an ankle injury during a game last week put her on the sidelines, as her team fought hard in its matchup with the Lady Cougars of ICC. Both teams had their struggles in the first quarter and battled to a ten -- ten tie score. The Lady Bears got into a rhythm for the first couple of minutes of the second frame, scoring seven unanswered points to hold a seventeen- ten advantage with 6:19 remaining in the first half. Defensive ball pressure led to ICC turn overs and Lady Bear points for a 28-15 Mammoth lead at the half.
There was a 37-24 Lady Bears' lead on the scoreboard as the third quarter ended. That lead held up as Alex Taylor led the Mammoth Spring Lady Bears in scoring with 21 points, Sydney Peck added 13.points for in the 58-37 Mammoth Spring victory over ICC.