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Prep basketball: Block girls top Tioga 47-44

JONESVILLE — Quinesha Branch led Block with 15 points and Vontresia Barber added 13 points as the Lady Bears used a stellar defensive effort in the second half to rally from a 10-point halftime deficit and defeat the Tioga Lady Indians 47-44 Monday night.

In what turned out to be a battle of Class 4A versus Class 1A, it looked liked Tioga was well on its way to a win after jumping out to an 18-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and still led by 10 points, 32-22, at halftime.

However, Block turned up the defensive pressure right out of the gates in the third quarter. The Lady Bears held the Lady Indians to just six points in the third, yet only managed 10 points themselves to go into the fourth quarter trailing by six points.

The Lady Bears eventually took the lead in the fourth quarter and ended up outscoring the Lady Indians 15-6 for the three-point victory. Brittany Rogers led Tioga with a game-high 17 points and Kayla James finished with 16 points.

Block (7-4) will next play at Delhi Charter Thursday night.

Tioga boys 70, Block 48

JONESVILLE — The Block Bears had a tough time getting shots to fall in the first and third quarters and fell by 22 points Monday night to the one of the best teams in all of Class 4A in the Tioga Indians.

Not only did Block have trouble when it had the ball in those two quarters, it had difficulty defending Tioga’s players. The Indians outscored the Bears 23-10 in the first quarter and then turned an eight-point lead at halftime into a 27-point lead at the end of the third quarter thanks to a 23-4 advantage.

Ken Colbert led Block (4-7) with a game-high 19 points and Ray Plummer had 11 points. The Bears play at Delhi Charter Thursday night.