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By BRODY JONES
It was a county rivalry at its best Thursday night as the Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets used solid defense to sweep Oliver Springs in a pair of non district games at Kingston.
In the girls game, it was the Lady Jackets leading throughout in picking up a 44-41 victory.
The boys game was a bit different as Oliver Springs grabbed an early lead only to see Kingston rally in the second half for a 50-44 victory.
Both teams will be in action again Tuesday as Kingston hosts Alcoa in a key District 4-AA contest while Oliver Springs travels to Fentress County to take on Clarkrange.
In a game that was ill-suited for cardiac patients, the Kingston Lady Jackets held off a furious late rally by the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats and took a 44-41 win Thursday evening.
Kingston came out like gang busters and had a 14-5 tilt in the first period. Oliver Springs whittled the lead down to 21-13 at the half on the strength of an 8-3 run to close out the second period.
The Lady ‘Cats got within seven points at the end of the third period, trailing 34-27. Kingston then got out to a 12-point lead at one stretch of the final period, but the Lady ‘Cats battled back to get within three points on a 9-0 run, but the potential game-tying shot bounced off the rim, giving the Lady Jackets a 44-41 win.
Oliver Springs won on the boards, 30-24, but lost in team steals, 14-8.
Jenna Ray (17 points), Haley Cornellison (12 points, 6 boards), and Brooke Smith (8 points, 5 boards) all led the Lady Jackets in scoring.
Makayla Cordell (8 boards, 7 assists), and Brooke Thearp (6 assists) each had strong showings in the victory.
Katie Harvey (16 points), Leigha Carter (9 points), and Sarah Davis (6 points) led the Lady ‘Cats in scoring.
Kat Potter and Chelsea Harper (5 boards each) also played well in the loss.
Kingston (44) Ray 17, Cornellison 12, Smith 8, Cole 3, Cordell 2, Fuller 2.
Oliver Springs (41) Harvey 16, Carter 9, Davis 6, Harper 3, Christopher 2, Murray 2, Giles 2, Potter 1.
Thursday night was supposed to mark Oliver Springs Head Coach Tony Ingram’s 100th win, but someone forgot to send that memo to the Kingston Yellow Jackets as they downed the Bobcats 50-44 in front of a raucous Yellow Jacket crowd that included the Kingston band.
Oliver Springs got out to a 9-2 run to start off the game before Kingston closed in to make the score 12-8 at the end of the first period. Kingston sliced the gap to one point at the half, trailing 24-23.
A 10-4 third period gave the Jackets the 33-28 lead and despite Oliver Springs getting within three points, the Jackets hit key free throws down the stretch to pull off the 50-44 victory over the Bobcats.
Kingston edged Oliver Springs on the boards, 29-28, but the ‘Cats had a 10-8 advantage in team steals.
Kingston was led in scoring by Jordan Huddleston (14 points, 6 boards), Aaron Fielden (12 points), Zack Eason (8 points, 5 boards), and Darren Mossing (6 points).
Tyler Harper (15 points), Lucas Tarver (12 points), and Wesley Rather (11 points, 10 boards) led the ‘Cats in scoring.
Rue Eskridge (6 boards, 5 assists), and Garrett Miller (6 boards) also played well in the loss.
Kingston (50) Huddleston 14, Fielden 12, Eason 8, Mossing 6, Phillips 4, Basler 3, Gough 3.
Oliver Springs (44) Harper 15, Tarver 12, Rather- 11, Miller 4, Eskridge 2.