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By Tank Johnson
The Oliver Springs basketball programs returned to action on Tuesday, trying to shake off tough losses against visiting Jackson County on Saturday.
But two tough teams from Clarkrange came to town, adding to the woes of the Bobcat and Lady Bobcat faithful. The OS girls fell to the Lady Buffaloes, 55-39, while the Bobcat boys went cold offensively, and fell to Clarkrange, 47-25.
Both squads try to get things turned around tonight, hosting Wartburg in district action.
Oliver Springs hung tough early, but Clarkrange was still able to flex its outside muscles, knocking down a pair of three-pointers in the opening quarter. The Lady Bobcats hung tough behind the play of Kelsey Christopher and Katie Harvey, but Clarkrange was still able to post a 16-12 lead at the end of the first.
Oliver Springs then got a case of the "turnovers" in the second quarter, which didn't help their offensive output at all. Clarkrange took advantage, scoring 11 points, while holding the Lady Bobcats to just four.
The Lady Bobcats toughened up in the third, outscoring the Lady Buffaloes 10-9, but Clarkrange was still in control, leading 36-26 heading into the fourth quarter.
Sarah Davis and Macy Martin chipped in on offense and also helped Oliver Springs do much better in the defensive rebounding category.
Clarkrange again found the touch from the outside, hitting two more three-pointers. On the game, the Lady Buffaloes hit six from outside the arc as they went on to celebrate a 55-39 win.
Oliver Springs (39) Harvey 12, Davis 8, Martin 8, Murray 6, Christopher 4, Ball 1.
Things were slow early on during the boys' contest, with neither Oliver Springs nor Clarkrange able to pose much of an offensive threat.
OS got a trey from Michael Taylor and baskets from Brady Sweet and Jordan Romero to find themselves tied at 7-7 heading into the second.
Seven points were all the Bobcats could muster in the second as well, while the Buffaloes managed 12 to take a 19-14 lead into the break.
Clarkrange was able to pick up the scoring in the second half, but Oliver Springs remained cold. In fact, the Bobcats were able to score just 11 total points in the final two periods. Sweet scored nine of the Bobcats points, including four in the fourth and final quarter.
Clarkrange went to the free throw line 23 times during the game. The homestanding Oliver Springs team had four trips there, hitting on three freebies.
The game finally ended with Clarkrange enjoying a 47-25 win.
Oliver Springs (25) Sweet 9, Romero 6, Henley 4, McBee 3, Taylor 3.