Ava Lady Bears Wrap-up Season

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By:  Zach Leonard

     The Lady Bears had a rematch with the always tough Blue Eye on February 10, 2012. Every time the Lady Bears have played Blue Eye in the past three years the game has gone into over-time. This year has been no exception. Ava played Blue Eye in the Reeds Spring Tournament winning in over-time and Blue Eye was out for revenge when they made the trip here. Ava got off to a quick start scoring 19-points to lead Blue Eye by 9-points after the first quarter. Blue Eye cut the gap after the second quarter and the score was 26 to 21 going into half. Going into the fourth quarter Ava had a three-point lead, but could not keep the lead giving up a lay-up as time ran out to tie the game at 40 all. In over-time Blue Eye’s Kayla Hickey went one for two at the free throw line cutting Ava’s lead to one, but Ava’s Bethany Horn caught the ball on the wing and took it in for a crucial two points. So, with time running out Blue Eye needed a three to tie up the game, but instead shot a two-point basket to give the Lady Bears a one-point victory, 44-43.

            Ava after losing their last conference game came out strong on Valentines Day against the Thayer Lady Bobcats. It was also Senior Night for the Lady Bears. Six Ava Lady Bears are seniors. Ava dominated from the start of the game and the seniors went out on a bang beating Thayer by a score of 55-31. At one time during the game the mercy clock was on because the Lady Bears were up by thirty. Payton Lakey had a big game for the Bears scoring 26 points. Jorie Garret and Abbie Lansdown also scored in double figures. This makes Ava 5-1 in conference heading into the final game of the season Thursday against Houston.

The Lady Bears prepare for battle with the Willow Springs Bears.

            Ava in their final game of the season beat Houston. Ava started the game off scoring 17 points in the first quarter and Ava never lost the lead, winning by nine. Ava’s win over Houston moved them to six and one in the conference and 18-6 overall. Ava has a week off before they start districts next Saturday. Ava drew the three seed so they will play the six seed Mountain Grove in the first round.

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