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Twin Wins for Willow

The Bears added two to their win column with games against Mountain Grove and Cabool last week. 
When the Panthers came to Brent Colley Court, the contest was close. Defense was the key to the Bears maintaining their narrow lead throughout the four quarters. After the first eight minutes, the lead was only 12-10, Bears. At the half, it was a lead of only one point, despite three-pointers from Owen Duddridge and Scooter Osborn. 
Both teams threw three pointers up in the third, and the Bears’ defense forced a Panthers turnover. The Bears caught rebound and lobbed to Scottie Osborn. It was no good but a foul shot added 1 of 2 points. The Bears ended the quarter, 40-36.
During the final quarter’s battle for points, mistakes gave the Panthers a chance to catch up, but then Scooter Osborn hit a three. The Bears began to score again and ended the game 60-52, Bears. 
For the 2022 Hoop Queen game, the Bears defended the den against the Cabool Bulldogs. The Bulldogs got the tip, but it was no good, and Scottie Osborn drew first blood for the Bears. Owen Duddridge followed up with a three, and from there the court belonged to the Bears. Head Coach Mike Wilson put in fresh players in the first quarter, and it still ended with an 18-4 lead for Willow Springs. 
Gabe Colvin set up for a three and hit it. Taylor Rothermich came in and did the same, and the Bears ended the quarter 36-15.
The lead stretched to 55 to 27 during the third, and the fourth quarter was played with all fresh players. The Bears worked hard to score but had trouble getting the ball to fall, but Cabool could not overcome Willow’s early and commanding lead. The final score was 68-45, Bears. 
Willow Springs is no 5-0 for SCA, and 16-4 for the season. 
The Bear’s next game is another SCA contest against the Ava Bears. 
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