Bears Struggle in the Blue and Gold
Wed, 01/12/2022 - 11:29am admin
Kristy Osborn, sports correspondent
The Bears headed to the JQH Arena Monday, December 27 for the first game of the Blue and Gold Tournament. In their first game, they faced the Central Bulldogs and managed to stay ahead in the first half. In the last seconds of the second quarter, Taylor Rothermich made a clean three to boost the Bears to a five-point lead over the Bulldogs, 23-18.
The third quarter started, and the Bears had trouble scoring and ended quarter with a four-point deficit, 38-34.
In the fourth with 5:39 left, the score was Bulldogs 42 Bears 36. The Bears had some mishaps with the ball and let the Bulldogs get ahead by ten. The Bulldogs kept up the momentum and pulled away with a final score of 61 to 42, Bulldogs.
Tuesday’s loss saw the Bears play the Aurora Houndogs. Both sides had trouble with points falling in the first quarter, but ended with a Bear lead of 11 to 9. The second quarter saw back-and-forth scoring between both teams. The Bears struggled with turnovers and gave up a 6-point lead, 32-26.
The gap grew to a 12-point drag in the third. At the fourth, Bears and Houndogs were again back-and-forth with shots not falling. Bears put Taftin Thompson in to score a big three, but Willow could not control the ball and had trouble from the free throw line. With three minutes left, the Bears were down by nine and never recovered. The final score was Houndogs 75, Bears 61. Leading scorers for the Bears are Scottie Osborn with 22, Owen Duddridge with 16, Gannon McGinnis with 11, Gabe Colvin with 7, Taftin Thompson with 3, and Scooter Osborn with 1.