Climax Springs, Mo. – The Climax Springs Cougars are ready to roll this season.
After their trip to the Tipton Tournament last week, the Cougars returned home on Tuesday night to take on the Wheatland Mules.
The outcome of the game? An 80-65 win.
Simply put, the Cougars outscored their opponents. For every basket Wheatland put up in the first quarter, the Cougars answered with two buckets.
Wheatland got the scoring started in the game, and leading 2-0 in the first few seconds, it seemed as if the height of the Wheatland team would present trouble for the smaller Cougar squad.
Two free throws from Chase Wallace tied the game at 2, and then the procession of three's began.
Seth Cline's three from the right wing gave the Cougars their first lead of the game, 5-2, and seconds later, Dalton Mullins produced another from the opposite side for an 8-2 lead.
After Wheatland managed to put another three points on the board, Dalton Mullins sank his second three of the night.
A fast break after a rebound by Wallace added two more points on a Dakota Mullins layup for a 13-5 lead, and the Cougars took off, scoring nine more points to lead 22-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The Climax Springs' offense continued to punish Wheatland from all points of the court, scoring numerous times on fast breaks. The Cougars' defense quickly transitioned from rebounding to looking for the open man down the court for an outlet, and it proved to be too much for the larger Mule team.
The Cougars scored 22 points in the second quarter, while allowing 15 to their opponent, taking a 44-28 lead at the half.
Wheatland looked to rally in the second half, and though their defense began to slow the Cougars' offense, allowing them just 11 points in the third quarter, the Mules' offensive troubles continued, scoring 10 points in the third.
The up-speed tempo of the game wore out both sides, and fouling became prevalent, leading the fourth quarter to a slower paced game, due to the number of free throws.
Both teams came on strong in the fourth, though, taking advantage of their free throws, as Climax Springs scored 25 in the fourth and Wheatland managed 37 in the final quarter.
Still, the deficit proved too large to overcome, and Climax Springs won 80-65.
Chase Wallace led the Cougars, scoring 33 on the night, followed by Seth Cline with 14 and Dalton Mullins with 11.
The Cougars' next game is at Halfway on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
From Around the Area
The Macks Creek Pirates were handed a loss on Tuesday night by Skyline, falling in a 70-60 loss.
Though leading Skyline throughout the first half, Skyline's second half rally proved to be the deciding factor, as they outscored the Pirates 41-28 in the last two quarters.
Cody Eidson led the Pirates with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Matt Hicks followed behind with 14 points. Austin Mitchell rounded out the Pirates with 10 points.
The Skyline girls' team also finished Tuesday night with a win, as they defeated the Camdenton Lady Lakers 55-49 in overtime.
The Eldon Lady Mustangs picked up another win at home, defeating Union, which puts them at 4-1 this season.
The Osage Lady Indians improved their record to 2-2 with a 47-34 win over Cole Camp.
The Versailles Lady Tigers took a loss on Tuesday night on the road at Sedalia Smith-Cotton, falling in a 57-28 loss.
Coming off of a third-place finish at the Eugene Tournament, the Versailles Tigers are 2-1 before their Friday night matchup against Camdenton. Senior Ryan Surface and Junior Trey Woods were both named to the All-Tournament team at Eugene after their 64-47 third-place win over California.
The Osage Indians fell to Iberia in a 72-28 loss on the road Tuesday night. The boys are now 2-2 and will look to bounce back against Richland on Friday, Dec. 13.