Cats split in middle school action

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By The Staff


Roane Newspapers

After taking a couple of weeks off for the holidays, the Oliver Spring Middle School Bobcats and Rockwood Tigers hit the floor Thursday night for the first games of the 2008 season.

The Lady ‘Cats opened the evening with a 38-28 victory over the Lady Tigers, but Oliver Springs was unable to complete the sweep as Rockwood won the nightcap game, 41-29.

Girls Game

New OSMS Head Coach Lori Vowell couldn’t have asked for a better debut to her coaching tenure for the Lady ‘Cats, as they took advantage of 23 forced turnovers to roll to a 38-28 victory over the Rockwood Lady Tigers Thursday evening.

The action tipped off with the Lady ‘Cats taking command in the opening period with a 9-4 lead. The Lady ‘Cats got out to a 6-0 run to start the next period, but Rockwood would go on an 8-0 run to help them stay within striking distance at halftime of Oliver Springs, trailing 20-14.

In the third period, the Lady ‘Cats added four more points to their lead to take a 28-18 lead to the final period.

Both teams were deadlocked at 10 points in the final period, making the final score 38-28 in favor of the Lady ‘Cats.

Oliver Springs was ever the opportunists, with a 23-7 advantage in forced turnovers but Rockwood beat the Lady ‘Cats on the boards by a 24-20 margin.

Oliver Springs was led by the “C & C Scoring Machine” in the form of Leigha Carter and Kelsey Christopher. Carter had 12 points plus seven boards and five steals while Christopher had 12 points plus five steals.

Also contributing for Oliver Springs in their victory was Macy Martin with eight points plus six boards.

Rockwood was led in scoring by Kellie Mead with 11 points plus six boards and Jessie Bear with eight points.

Oliver Springs (38) Carter 12, Christopher 12, Martin 8, Potter 4, Ball 2.

Rockwood (28) Mead 11, Bear 8, Mayton 6, Grant 3. Boys Game

The Rockwood Tigers completed their season sweep of the Oliver Springs Bobcats Thursday night with a 41-29 victory in round-ball action.

The game started with Rockwood taking an early 8-5 lead at the close of the opening period.

Rockwood scored the opening basket of the second period, but the Bobcats went on a 6-0 run to briefly take the lead. However, the euphoria for the Bobcat faithful turned into anguish as the Tigers went on a 12-0 run to close out the half with a 22-11 lead.

Oliver Springs wasn’t giving up though as they fought tooth and nail to get within three points thanks to an 8-0 run, but Rockwood would close the third period leading 29-23.

Rockwood would outscore the Bobcats by a 12-6 margin in the final period to take the 41-29 win.

Both teams had 10 forced turnovers, but Rockwood had a slight 27-25 edge on the boards.

The Tigers were led in scoring by Jared Breazeale with 14 points while Ethan Headrick and Brendan Kirkland each had nine points with Kirkland grabbing seven boards and three blocked shots. Hayden Freels also had a good outing for Rockwood with eight points.

The Bobcats were led by Jordan Romero with 11 points plus eight boards and Garrett Miller had 10 points in the loss.

Rockwood (41) Breazeale 14, Headrick 9, Kirkland 9, Freels 8, Webster 1.

Oliver Springs (29) Romero 11, Miller 10, Efferson 3, McBee 2, Morgan 2, Box 1.