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By JACE GREENE
When sports fans around the area hear that Coalfield and Oliver Springs are matching up in any sport, they know the game will be played with heart and intensity. Friday night was no different as both schools came out fighting for victory.
The Lady Bobcats used a pretty balanced effort to pull out the 56-45 victory, while the boys from Coalfield used a second half push to secure the 62-42 victory over Oliver Springs.
The Lady Bobcats grabbed an early lead in Friday night’s district match-up and never wanted to let go as they took home the 56-45 victory.
The Lady ’Cats jumped out to a quick 7-4 lead and forced a Coalfield time out, but the break didn’t seem to help the Lady Jackets as they wouldn’t muster up a basket after the time out and trailed the Lady ’Cats 11-4 going into the second period.
Emily Griffith had six points for the Lady ’Cats in the first period to lead all scorers.
The second period seemed to be going the same way as the first as the Lady ’Cats forced a time out with 3:34 left in the first half, leading 22-13.
The time out seemed to slow the Lady ’Cats offense down as they would only score two more points the rest of the half. The Lady Jackets brought the deficit down a little bit, heading into the half down 24-21.
The Lady ’Cats came out of the half fired up and ready to shoot as they would pile on points in the third period. Five Lady ’Cats scored points in the third period and that proceeded to give the Lady Cats a 40-28 lead.
The fourth period of action would continue to be all Lady ’Cats.
Oliver Springs played solid defense in the first half of the fourth period, but the Lady Jackets didn’t seem to let down. In the end, the Lady Bobcats’ offense seemed to be too much for the Jackets as they would go on to the 56-45 victory.
Emily Griffith led all scorers tonight with putting 19 points on the board for the Lady Bobcats.
Coalfield (45) Layne 6, Craig 5, Berry 5, Foster 8, Hensley 8, Bird 13.
Oliver Springs (56) Wright 2, E. Griffith 19, Morgan 3, R. Griffith 9, Smith 4, Baker 5, Jones 10, Gilmore 4.
Oliver Springs sophomore Taylor Murray had a monster night on the court putting up 20 points, but he was the only Bobcat to have double figures while Coalfield had a more balanced attack with three players in double figures, and that gave the Jackets the 62-42 victory.
Coalfield seemed to have a good plan in the first period of play, jumping out to an 8-4 lead with 4:43 left that forced a Oliver Springs time out. After the break, the Bobcats didn’t allow another first period point and went on a 10-0 run, taking the lead and going into the second period with a 14-8 lead.
The second period was just about as even as any half could be. Both teams would go back in forth with neither team able to pull ahead with the home-standing Bobcats went into the half with a one point 23-22 lead.
Murray led all scorers in the first half with 14 points.
Aaron Noe came right out of the gate and gave the home crowd something to cheer about by hitting a three-pointer to start the second half, but little did the ’Cats know that would be their last lead of the game.
Oliver Springs received a technical foul and that seemed to light a fire under the visiting Yellow Jackets. The Jackets dominated the remainder of the period and went into the final period of play with a commanding 45-31 lead.
The fourth period of play was all Yellow Jackets as the reserves for both teams got some court time at the end of the game with the Bobcats falling, 62-42.
Murray led all scorers with 20 points, but Jason Lee (13 points), Peyton Hensley (13 points) and Nathan Johnson (12 points) all had double figures for the Yellow Jackets.
Coalfield (62) Hill 2, Brown 1, Ariaz 7, Hall 8, Lee 13, Keener 6, Johnson 12, Hensley 13.
Oliver Springs (42) Murray 20, Noe 8, Melton 3, Johnson 4, Morgan 4, Taylor 3.