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It wasn’t easy, but the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats downed the Oneida Lady Indians 53-49 Friday night in a game that decided the regular season district title between the two teams.
With the victory, the Lady ‘Cats also claim the No. 1 seed and first round by in the District 4-A Tournament that started Tuesday. With the bye, the Lady ‘Cats won’t play again until Friday when they take on the winner of Tuesday’s game between Oakdale and Wartburg.
The first round bye also secures the Lady ‘Cats an automatic berth in next week’s Region 2-A Tournament.
The first period of Tuesday’s game was full of runs. Oneida opened the frame with a 4-0 run and ended the period on a 7-3 run, but Oliver Springs scored eight points in between to leave the score knotted at 11 after one quarter of play.
Emily Griffith scored seven of Oliver Springs’ 11 points in the opening quarter.
The second period was a seesaw affair that would see seven ties and four lead changes before Oliver Springs used a late 7-2 run to take a 29-25 lead at halftime.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Rachel Griffith sparked the late Oliver Springs run.
Oliver Springs threatened to put the game away in the third period. Oneida scored the first basket of the second half, but the Lady ‘Cats responded with an 8-0 run to take a 37-27 lead with 3:47 left in the period.
Oliver Springs, however, scored just two points the rest of the frame as Oneida pulled to within 39-36 entering the final period.
The final period was again full of runs. Oliver Springs struck first with a 7-0 run to take a 46-36 lead, but the Lady ‘Indians answered with a 6-0 run to pull within 46-42 with 2:44 left to play.
But that’s when Emily Griffith went on her own run. Griffith scored seven straight points for the Lady ‘Cats and by the 1:20-mark of the final period, Oliver Springs led 53-44.
The Lady ‘Cats did miss some free throws down the stretch, but Oneida only had enough time to close to within four points.
Emily Griffith led all scorers on the night with 24 points to go along with three assists and three steals. Rachel Griffith added 12 points.
Baylee Newport (14 points) and Victoria Williams (12 points, 12 rebounds) led Oneida in defeat.
Oliver Springs (53) E. Griffith 24, Ball 7, Snellings 4, Griffith 12, Giles 5, Morgan 1.
There wasn’t as much drama in the final game of the evening as Oneida led from start to finish in picking up a 60-39 victory over the Bobcats.
Oneida scored the first six points of Friday’s game, but the Bobcats did use a 10-5 run at one point of the period to pull within 14-12, but Oneida ended the period with six straight points to take a 20-12 lead into the second period of play.
Aaron Noe had a huge first quarter for Oliver Springs with two three-pointers and 10 points.
Oliver Springs pulled to within 22-17 early in the second period, but Oneida closed the half on a 14-2 run to take a 36-19 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Oliver Springs never got closer than 17 points in the second half as Oneida went on to the 60-39 victory.
Noe led Oliver Springs on the night with 10 points.
Cole West (22 points, 6 rebounds) and Clay Jeffers (11 points) were the leaders for Oneida.
Oliver Springs (39) Simpson 3, Noe 10, Thornton 4, Henley 7, Murray 4, Evans 2, McGee 2, Miller 5, Poole 2.