Melbourne Bearkatz face Rector Cougars in a critical conference matchup Tuesday night

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Report by Blake Smith

The Melbourne Bearkatz returned to the hardwood at home Tuesday night, taking on the Rector Cougars in critical conference matchups.

The Lady Bearkatz took to the floor first, getting off to a fast and accurate offensive start, never trailing in the game, winning by a final score of 65-24.

Kenley McCarn led all scorers with 14 points, Kate Provence added 13, and Josie Roark had 11.

The Bearkatz were on the court for the nightcap, looking to avenge one of only two previous conference losses.

After giving up the first three baskets of the game, the Katz went on a 13-2 run to end the first quarter, which proved to be the difference.

Melbourne never trailed after the first 90 seconds of the game, holding off a late Rector run for a final score of 52-45.

Layton Hennings led all scorers with 28 points.

With the win tonight, the Lady Bearkatz clinched a third consecutive conference championship, while the Bearkatz earned seven critical tiebreaker points, which will prove crucial in seeding for the upcoming conference tournament.

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