Baker's trey rescues OSMS

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By Brody Jones

Maxwell House Coffee had a slogan years ago about being "good to the last drop." Thursday’s game between the Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats and Rockwood Lady Tigers was good to the last shot as Alivia Baker hit a three-point shot with impeccable timing that allowed the purple-clad Lady 'Cats to squeeze out a 30-27 win. 

Rockwood took the early 5-3 lead at the end of the opening period and maintained a two-point lead to the locker room with a 13-11 advantage at halftime. 

In the third period, that tenuous lead was doubled to four points with a 23-19 advantage.

But the final period left Rockwood in a "purple haze" with an 11-4 surge by Oliver Springs to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by a 30-27 margin. 

Alyssa Suttles (15 points, 7 boards, 6 steals) led the way for Oliver Springs with Alivia Baker (5 points, 6 boards), and Sarah Channell (5 points) also playing well. 

Rockwood was led in defeat by Lexie Hill (9 points, 10 boards) and Megan Monday (6 points). 

Zoie Hill (6 boards) also fared well in the loss for Rockwood.

Rockwood (27) L. Hill 9, Monday 6, Evans 5, Golliher 3, Z. Hill 2, Tilley 2.

Oliver Springs (30) Suttles 15, Baker 5, Channell 5, Armstrong 2, Jones 2, Bradshaw 1.

Boys Game

The Rockwood Middle School Tigers were on the prowl Thursday evening, taking home a 51-27 romp over the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats. 

The Tigers got out to an 18-2 lead at the end of the first period before the 'Cats scratched and clawed their way back into contention on an 11-2 run to get within 20-13. But an 11-2 run down the stretch by Rockwood gave the Tigers the 31-15 halftime lead. 

Rockwood had a 40-24 lead at the end of period number three and used an 11-3 tilt down the stretch for the 51-27 win. 

Ryan McCain (12 points), Josh Neerman (10 points), Colton Nuckols (8 points), and Jackson Hicks (6 points) led the Tigers in scoring. 

The Bobcats were led in the loss by Matthew Gaylor (13 points) and Jeremiah Johnson (7 points).

Rockwood (51) McCain 12, Neerman 10, Nuckols 8, Hicks 6, Pine 4, Bazel 3, Campbell 2, Gaus 2, Robbins 2, Gallaher 2.

 Oliver Springs (27) Gaylor 13, Johnson 7, Carroll 5, Everett 2.