Defense shines for Midway in sweep

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Balanced scoring the key for Green Wave

By Brownie Rose


The Midway Green Wave began the stretch run of the regular season with a pair of wins over Coalfield Thursday night at Midway. 

The Lady Waves pushed their record to 8-13 with a convincing 62-36 win over Coalfield. 

Midway’s boys needed a big win against the Yellow Jackets to get on track heading into the tournament part of the season. The Green Wave did just that with a 57-48 win to up their record to 10-12.

Girls Game

Midway built an 11-point lead by halftime, but a 12-point advantage in the third quarter allowed the Lady Waves to pull away for the 26-point win.

Rachael Tuttle bombed in two treys in the opening quarter to get Midway off to a good start. Lexi Taylor and Abby Bertram added four points each to give them a 16-14 lead at the end of one. 

Taylor Bird scored six points to pace Coalfield in the opening quarter.

Taylor and Emily Richardson ripped treys in the second and Bertram added an old-fashioned 3-point play as Midway began to put a little distance between the two teams in the second quarter. 

Bertram, Taylor and Richardson also scored a basket each to push the lead to 35-24 by halftime. 

Tuttle knocked down two more 3-pointers in the third quarter. Bertram also scored six points as Midway extended its lead to 53-30 by the end of the third.

Coalfield went cold in the second half and scored only two field goals. Natalie Layne hit a trey in the third and Kelsi Walters hit a basket in the fourth.

With mostly the bench playing it out, Midway won the final quarter 9-6 to get the 62-36 win. Jamie Kilby knocked down the seventh Midway trey of the game in the fourth quarter.

Bertram (15 points), Taylor (13 points) and Tuttle (12 points) scored in double figures for Midway in picking up the win.

Chelsea Berry and Bird led Coalfield with eight points each on the night while Layne scored seven.

Midway (62) Bertram 15, Taylor 13, Tuttle 12, Richardson 5, Colyer 5, Lewis 4, Ja. Kilby 3,  West 2, Bosnak 2, Kilby 1.

Boys Game

The Green Wave used much the same formula as the Lady Waves. They held a small halftime lead, but won the third quarter by 12 points to hold a 15-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Midway trailed 10-8 at the end of one with Justin Dutton and Jacob Cawood scoring three points each for Midway.

Coalfield’s Ryan Hill scored four points to lead all scorers in the opening period.

Zack Edwards had his biggest game of the season when he scored five points in the second quarter. Cawood and Dutton added four points each as the Green Wave took a 23-20 lead into halftime.

Christian Moore led the third quarter charge with a trey and a 3-point play. Shandon Lyle and Edwards added four points each to give Midway a 41-26 lead at the end of the period.

Coalfield did rally in the fourth and trimmed the lead to six with about two minutes left to play, but Midway held on behind five points each from Edwards and Cawood.

Moore added three free throws to help fend off the Yellow Jackets.

Cawood (14 points), Edwards (14 points), Dutton (11 points) and Moore (10 points) all scored in double figures for Midway in the victory.

Jason Lee led Coalfield with 15 points. Hill scored 13 points and Peyton Hensley added 10 points for the Yellow Jackets.

Midway (57) Cawood 14,Edwards 14, Dutton 11, Moore 10, Lyle 8.