Bobcats split with Coalfield in 4-A action

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By Brody Jones


The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats overcame a sluggish performance at times to pick up a huge 52-32 District 4-A win over the Coalfield Yellow Jackets on Friday evening. 

The Lady Jackets started off strong to get out of the first period with a 10-4 lead to generate a lot of positive buzz early on for the home team. 

The Lady 'Cats, however, came on strong in the second period with runs of 14-5 and 9-3 to get out to a 27-18 halftime lead. 

The sister duo of Emily Griffith (11 points) and Rachel Griffith (9 points) were the leading scorers at the half for the Lady 'Cats with Taylor Bird (6 points) and Natalie Layne (5 points) leading the Lady Jackets in scoring at the half. 

Both teams would score nine points in the third period to make the score 36-27 at the end of the third period. 

The Lady 'Cats would close out strong with a 16-5 swing in the final period, led by Rachel Griffith (7 points) and Emily Griffith (6 points) during the final stanza to make the final score 52-32. 

Oliver Springs owned a 25-23 edge on the boards and an 18-8 swing in team steals. 

"Twin Power" once again led the Lady 'Cats as Emily Griffith (19 points, 6 assists) and Rachel Griffith (19 points, 6 boards) led the way for Oliver Springs with Lauren Morgan (6 points) also having an outstanding showing on offense. 

Bird (9 points), Grace Hensley (6 points, 7 boards), and Jess Jordan (6 points) led the Lady Jackets in scoring as Chelsea Berry (7 boards) also played well in the loss for Coalfield.

Oliver Springs (52) E. Griffith 19, R. Griffith 19, Morgan 6, Channell 3, Topmiller 2, Gilmore 2, Jones 1.

Coalfield (32) Bird 9, Hensley 6, Jordan 6, Layne 5, Berry 4, Watters 1, Craig 1.

Boys Game

It may have been a good old-fashioned "slobber-knocker" on the hardwood at John Jackson Memorial Gymnasium on Friday night, but it was the inability to hit water had they fallen out of a boat on this night that spelled doom for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as the Coalfield Yellow Jackets persevered for a big 49-37 win in district competition. 

The Bobcats started the game with a 12-8 lead at the end of the first period. Collin Moss (5 points) led the 'Cats at the end of the opening period and Ryan Hill (4 points) led the Jackets. 

Neither team was able to buy baskets in the second period as the Bobcats took  a 21-18 lead at halftime.

Coalfield’s Nathan Johnson led all scorers in the second period with six points. 

The third period, depending on which side you were sitting on, was a massive swing in momentum by the Jackets or a rough stretch for the 'Cats as Coalfield went on an 11-5 tear through the third period to take a 29-26 lead into the final stanza. 

Ryan Hill (5 points) and Johnson (4 points) led the Jackets in the third period. 

The Bobcats pulled within 35-33 at one stretch in the final period, but the Jackets, led by Peyton Hensley and Hill (5 points each), ended the game on a 14-4 run to take the 49-37 triumph. 

Johnson (16 points, 7 boards), Hill (14 points, 9 boards), Hensley (7 points) and Jason Lee (6 points) led the Jackets in scoring. 

Oliver Springs was led by Taylor Murray (14 points, 11 boards, 5 steals), Moss (11 points, 8 boards) and Aaron Noe (6 points) on offense.

Oliver Springs (37) Murray 14, Moss 11, Noe 6, S. Morgan 5, Nation 1.

Coalfield (49) Johnson 16, Hill 14, Hensley 7, Lee 6, Russell 2, Keener 2, Napier 2 .