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Bears Lose to Zizzers At West Plains Saturday

Basketball action – along with many other activities – has been limited during the past week due to weather. However, the Ava Bears did play at West Plains last Saturday afternoon.
The Bears, who had lost to the Zizzers, 70-55, on Dec. 26 in the Blue and Gold Tournament in Springfield, suffered a 65-30 loss at West Plains on Saturday.
The Bears are scheduled to play at Mansfield tonight (Thursday) in a make-up game that was postponed on Dec. 6 due to weather.
On Saturday, the Bears will host Aurora in a rare Saturday afternoon game which will also feature the annual Hoopcoming coronation.
Game time on Saturday is 3 p.m., with other activities related to Hoopcoming scheduled to begin at 1 o’clock. The games will include a freshman bout at 3 o’clock, followed by the junior varsity, then the varsity game.
Typically, Hoopcoming activities are held between the JV and varsity games, however, the Herald has not been informed of the schedule to be followed this year. Limited information has been available this week with classes canceled because of weather.
Although temperatures are expected to moderate on Thursday and Friday, another winter storm was forecasted to move through the area on Wednesday night into Thursday. Should more freezing precipitation occur, and classes do not resume this week, Saturday’s activities could be affected.
On Jan. 14 the Bears will travel to Conway.
The Ava JV Bears will play in the Fair Grove Junior Varsity Tournament Jan. 15-18.
No individual scoring for Ava was available to the Herald this week. However, stats reported by the West Plains Quill indicated Ava hit 12 of 36 from the floor, including three of 11 from 3-point range, and three of four free throws.
Lady Bears
The Ava Lady Bears’ game at Houston was postponed Monday night due to weather, but the girls are scheduled to play at home tonight (Thursday) against West Plains. On Monday, Jan. 13, the Lady Bears will travel to Salem for  conference action with the Lady Tigers.