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Bobcats split with Jackets

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The Oliver Springs Bobcats and Kingston Yellow Jackets renewed their rivalry at Roane County High School Thursday evening and it would be the Lady ‘Cats and Jacket boys coming away with victories.

In the girls game, the Lady ‘Cats led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but had to weather a furious Kingston rally in the second half before pulling away late for a 48-43 victory.

The boys game would see the Jackets lead from start to finish in picking up a 53-42 victory.

The teams will finish their season series Thursday night at Oliver Springs.

Girls Game

Oliver Springs came out on fire Thursday and that hot start proved huge as Michelle Christopher’s squad held on for a 48-43 victory.

Three-point shooting keyed a 21-6 first quarter for the Lady ‘Cats as Leigha Carter buried a three-pointer and scored seven points in the opening frame while Katie Fitch also dialed long distance in leading the Lady ‘Cats to a 15-point lead after eight minutes of play.

Oliver Springs’ lead grew to as many as 17 points, 25-8, in the second quarter after one of two three-pointers by Fitch in the period. 

Oliver Springs, however, cooled off a bit down the stretch in the second period as Kingston pulled to within 30-16 at intermission.

Makayla Cordell buried a pair of three-pointers to lead Kingston in the first half.

Kingston started chipping away at the Lady ‘Cats lead in the third period. Cordell added four points to her tally in the period and the Lady Jackets outscored Oliver Springs 11-6 in the period to pull within 36-27 with eight minutes left to play.

Kingston stayed hot through the first five minutes of the final period and with 2:35 left to play, Cordell buried her fourth three-pointer of the night to tie the game at 42.

The rest of the game turned into a free shooting contest, which was won by Oliver Springs. Kingston made only 1 of 3 in the closing minutes while Kellie Ball and Alex Giles combined to hit 6 of 7 in the final 2:23 of the game for Oliver Springs.

Carter led Oliver Springs on the night with 11 points while Ball added 10.

Cordell was the game’s leading scorer with 16 points while Makisha Fuller added 10 for the Lady Jackets.

Kingston (43) Oran 3, Eason 3, Cordell 16, Gaines 2, Neal 5, Pankey 2, Smith 2, Fuller 10.

Oliver Springs (48) Christopher 2, Ball 10, Murray 4, Martin 5, Carter 11, Giles 4, Fitch 9, Davis 3.

Boys Game

The Kingston Yellow Jackets used a balanced offense Thursday night in picking up an 11-point victory over Oliver Springs. In all, seven different players scored five points or more for Stephen Plemons’ squad.

Kingston opened Thursday’s game with an 8-2 run, but would lead only 11-8 after eight minutes of play. Both teams had balanced scoring in the opening period as neither team had a player with more than three points.

Things remained tight throughout much of the second period, but the Jackets ended the half on a 6-0 run to make the score 22-13 at intermission.

Derek Basler scored five points in the period for the Jackets.

While the 6-0 run to end the half was big, Kingston’s 7-0 run to start the third quarter was even bigger as the Jackets suddenly held a 16-point lead at 29-13. The margin remained 16 points, 34-18, at the end of the third period.

Jordan Huddleston led Kingston’s third period charge with five points.

Oliver Springs finally got their offense going in the fourth quarter as they cut Kingston’s lead to nine points, but they couldn’t make a big enough run as the Jackets ended the game with an 11-point margin of victory.

Aaron Fielden led Kingston on the night with 12 points while Basler added 10 points and five boards. Huddleston nearly had a double-double as he ended the evening with nine points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

Shawn Wright led the way for Oliver Springs with nine points and eight rebounds while Michael Taylor added eight points, five rebounds and five assists.

Oliver Springs (42) Taylor 8, Hanappi 6, Romero 3, Wright 9, McBee 6, Gann 7, Henley 3.

Kingston (53) Mossing 7, Fielden 12, Huddleston 9, Szozda 8, Clower 2, King 5, Basler 10.