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Bobcats roll past Oakdale

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

It might have been dreary outside, but all was good inside Terry L. Hacker Gymnasium Tuesday night for the Oliver Springs Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats as both teams cruised to wins over visiting Oakdale.

Both teams led from start to finish in picking up the District 4-A sweep.  The Lady ‘Cats opened the evening with a 53-32 victory and that was followed by Oliver Springs taking the boys game, 74-38.

Oliver Springs will be at home again Friday when they host Jellico in another District 4-A clash.

Girls Game

Coming off their first district loss of the season, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats hit Oakdale with a haymaker early and were never seriously threatened on their way to a 53-32 victory.

The Lady ‘Cats came out and made their first six shots in jumping out to a 14-0 lead. The Lady Eagles would settle down, but couldn’t make a run in the opening period as Oliver Springs led 18-4 after eight minutes of play.

Six different players scored for Oliver Springs in the opening period. The trio of Rachel Griffith, Kellie Ball and Macy Martin scored four points each for the Lady ‘Cats in the opening period.

The second period was played to almost a draw as Oliver Springs outscored Oakdale 13-12 in the frame to take a 31-16 lead at halftime.

Emily Griffith (5 points) and Rachel Griffith (4 points) led the way for Oliver Springs in the second period.

Sierra Snow (7 points) and Natalie Rogers (6 points) led the way for Oakdale in the first half.

Oakdale did make a run in the third period as they opened the frame with a 7-2 run that cut the lead to 33-23, but Oakdale would get no closer as the Lady ‘Cats answered with a 9-0 run and eventually took a 42-26 lead into the final period of play.

Oakdale closed the gap to 42-31 early in the fourth quarter, but Oliver Springs ended the game on a 10-1 run to put the finishing touches on their 21-point victory.

Emily Griffith (16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals) and Rachel Griffith (13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals) scored in double figures for Oliver Springs while Ball (6 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals), Martin (6 points, 5 rebounds), Alix Giles (4 points, 3 assists, 3 steals), Kaylee Morgan (2 points, 6 rebounds), and Rachel Snellings (4 points, 7 rebounds) also put up solid numbers in the win.

Rogers (13 points), Snow (10 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals), Katelyn Hill (4 points, 9 rebounds) and Autumn Monkhouse (3 points, 5 steals) put up solid numbers for Oakdale in the loss.

Oakdale (32) Monkhouse 3, Snow 10, Pease 2, Hill 4, Rogers 13.

Oliver Springs (53) E. Griffith 16, R. Griffith 13, Ball 6, Martin 6, Giles 4, K. Morgan 2, Snellings 4, L. Morgan 2.

Boys Game

While the girls staggered the Eagles with an early run, Tony Ingram’s boys delivered an early knockout as they scored enough points in the first half to pick up the victory.

Oliver Springs forced nine turnovers in the first quarter and that allowed the Bobcats to take a 28-9 lead after one period of play.

Kane Simpson benefited the most from the turnovers as he scored 15 points in the first quarter.

The second period was more of the same as Oliver Springs outscored the Eagles 15-9 in the frame to take a 43-18 lead at halftime.

The Bobcats turned into a three-point bomb squad in the third period as they buried six three-pointers in building their lead to 72-31 with eight minutes to play.

Simpson and Collin Moss hit two three-pointers each in the frame while Aaron Noe and Dakota Thompson also dialed long distance.

The scoring pace slowed down in the final period as Oliver Springs cruised to a 39-point victory.

Simpson (23 points), John Simms (13 points) and Matt Henley (11 points) scored in double figures for Oliver Springs while Jonah Devaney (9 points, 8 rebounds) and Colby Miller (7 points, 8 rebounds) led the way for Oakdale.

Oakdale (38) Moore 2, Ruppe 5, Bingham 6, Grayson 2, Miller 7, DeVaney 9, Lindsay 2, Steinmetz 5.

 Oliver Springs (74) Simpson 21, Noe 5, Simms 13, Moss 6, Thompson 5, Morgan 2, Henley 11, Murray 7, Miller 2, Poole 2.