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Bobcat teams enjoy success in Thanksgiving classic

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By Brody Jones

The Oliver Springs Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats didn’t show their guests at the 2012 Bobcat Thanksgiving Classic much hospitality as both Oliver Springs teams won all of their games played.

On the girls side, the Lady ‘Cats downed Sweetwater on Friday, 49-22, and they followed that with a 62-35 victory over Greenback on Saturday.

On the boys side, Tony Ingram’s squad downed Sweetwater on Friday, 59-52, and they knocked off Meigs County on Saturday, 70-66.

Oliver Springs returns to action on Friday with a trip to William Blount.

Friday Games

Girls Game

It was "Purple Friday" in Oliver Springs as the Lady Bobcats blazed through the Sweetwater Lady Wildcats like with a convincing 49-22 rout. 

Using a 9-0 tilt at one point in the opening period, the Lady 'Cats took an early 14-6 lead. They replicated that in period number two to take a 28-12 halftime lead. 

A 10-2 run at one stretch in period number three enabled the Lady 'Cats to stretch the lead out to 42-19 before cruising the rest of the way for the 49-22 win. 

Oliver Springs used a 38-30 tilt on the boards and had 13 counts of grand theft basketball compared to five steals for Sweetwater. 

The Lady 'Cats were led on offense by Alix Giles (12 points), "K-Dogg" Kaylee Morgan (8 points), and Kellie Ball with 7 points, 5 boards, and 5 assists. 

Raichel Snellings (6 points, 7 boards), Macy Martin and Rachel Griffith (7 boards a piece), and Rachel Smith (6 boards) also had stellar showings.

Oliver Springs (49) Giles 12, K. Morgan 8, Ball 7, Snellings 6, E. Griffith 5, Topmiller 5, R. Griffith 2, Martin 2, L. Morgan 2.

Boys Game

The Oliver Springs Bobcats were in a nip-and-tuck battle to hang on to a perilous lead, but the 'Cats "simmered down" Sweetwater courtesy of John Simms scoring the last eight points to be the difference for the 'Cats in a 59-52 win. 

Sweetwater drew first blood in the opening period with an 8-2 tilt early on to give them a 14-7 edge at the end of the first period.

In period number two, that gap got chopped down to 26-23 going to the locker room. Oliver Springs tied things up at 35-35 at the end of the third period.

Sweetwater managed to get within two points to 49-47, but then Simms took the Bobcats on his back down the stretch and scored eight of his 10 points at the end of the game to take the 59-52 win. 

Kane Simpson (19 points, 5 boards, 3 three-pointers) led the 'Cats in scoring with Simms (10 points) and Dakota Thompson (9 points) playing key roles in victory. 

Shelby Morgan (7 boards) and Matt Henley (5 boards) each played well in the win.

Oliver Springs (59) Simpson 19, Simms 10, Thompson 9, Moss 5, Nation 5, Henley 5, Noe 2, Morgan 2, McGee 2.

Saturday Games

OS vs. Meigs County Boys

The Bobcats were hot from downtown, using seven three-pointers to help them hang on after losing a 20-point lead to eke out a 70-66 win over the Meigs County Tigers. 

A 19-4 outburst of offense in the opening period helped the 'Cats take an early 28-10 lead. 

Meigs County used an 11-5 tilt to close out the half to get within 45-29 going to the locker room. 

An 11-4 surge in period number three by the Tigers whittled the Bobcat lead down to 56-47. 

Meigs County tied the game on a 13-4 run, but down the stretch, the 'Cats persevered and got their second win in a row with a 70-66 win. 

The key stat for the 'Cats was a 14-8 swing in team steals.

Simpson (19 points, 5 boards), Simms (16 points, 7 boards, 5 steals), and Matt Henley (13 points, 6 boards) were a trio of terror on the Meigs County defense.

Oliver Springs (70) Simpson 19, Simms 16, Henley 13, Nation 5, Miller 4, Murray 3, Thompson 3, Noe 3, Morgan 2, Nelson 2.

OS vs. Greenback Girls

When other high school teams in Roane County achieve victory, it's called "winning". When the Griffith twins, Emily and Rachel, help propel Oliver Springs to victory, it's called "twinning". 

Such was the case on Saturday when the Lady 'Cats cruised to a 62-35 mauling of the Greenback Lady Cherokees. 

The Lady 'Cats got off to a sluggish start, trailing 9-8, but closed out the first period on a 12-0 run to take a 20-9 lead at the end of the opening period.

The second period saw a 14-5 swing by Oliver Springs to take a 34-14 halftime lead. 

Greenback got an 8-3 run at one point in the third period to help them get within 43-26, but they drew no closer as an 11-4 surge down the stretch by the Lady 'Cats helped them achieve the 62-35 victory.

Oliver Springs had a 42-26 edge on the boards and a 17-10 tilt in team steals

Rachel Griffith (21 points, 7 steals, 5 boards) and Emily Griffith (13 points) led Oliver Springs in scoring with Macy Martin (12 points, 11 boards) having an outstanding double-double. Ball (7 assists) and Morgan (7 boards) also had solid showings in victory.

 Oliver Springs (62) R. Griffith 21, E. Griffith 13, Martin 12, Giles 4, Smith 4, Ball 2, Snellings 2, Morgan 2, Topmiller 2.