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The Oliver Springs Bobcats and Wartburg Bulldogs have played a lot of close, hard-fought games over the years.
Friday night, however, was anything but that as the Wartburg boys and Oliver Springs girls each picked up 30-point victories. Oliver Springs took the first game of the evening, 55-25, and that was followed by Wartburg rolling to an 84-54 victory in the nightcap game.
Friday’s game started at 6:30 p.m. and was pretty much over by 6:45 as Michelle Christopher’s squad hit the Lady Bulldogs with an early haymaker. Powered by six points from Emily Griffith and four each from Megan Wright, Rachel Griffith and Courtney Jones, the Lady ’Cats jumped out to 22-3 lead after one period of play.
The next two periods would actually see the Lady ’Cats struggle to put points on the board. Oliver Springs scored just six points in the second quarter and seven in the third, but the Lady ’Cats gave up just 16 points over this stretch as they held a 35-19 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
The final period played out much like the first. Rachel Griffith scored 12 points and sister Emily added six as Oliver Springs outscored Wartburg 20-6 in the final period to put the finishing touches on a 30-point victory.
Rachel Griffith (24 points, 6 assists, 4 steals) and Emily Griffith (14 points, 4 assists, 3 steals) led the Lady ’Cats in scoring while Jessica Gilmore (9 rebounds), Kara Topmiller (8 rebounds) and Courtney Jones (7 rebounds) owned the glass.
Oliver Springs (55) Wright 4, E. Griffith 14, Channell 2, R. Griffith 24, Smith 4, Topmiller 2, Jones 4, Gilmore 1.
Wartburg (25) Elrod 3, Phillips 6, Ehlers 2, Kidd 1, Carter 4, Barnett 2, Hamby 3, Melton 4.
When Oliver Springs defeated Wartburg at home on Jan. 13, the Bobcats scored 54 points. The Bobcats scored 54 points again on Friday, but that was nowhere near enough to pick up a win in the rematch as Wartburg cruised to an 84-54 victory.
Wartburg started strong. Daniel Justes buried a 3-pointer and scored nine points in leading the Bulldogs to a 21-9 lead after eight minutes of play.
Oliver Springs scored the basketball better in the second period, putting 16 points on the board, but the Bobcats couldn’t slow the Bulldogs. Wartburg scored 22 points in the frame to take a 43-25 lead at halftime.
Justes buried another 3-pointer and ended the first half with 15 points while the duo of Taylor Murray (8 points) and Markus Miller (7 points) did most of the damage for Oliver Springs in the first half.
Wartburg put the game away in the third quarter. Behind 10 points from freshman Thomas Carroll and a pair of 3-pointers from Logan Adkisson, the Bulldogs outscored the Bobcats 27-14 in the stanza to take a 70-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats did win the final frame by one point, but the game was already over by that point.
Justes (19 points), Carroll (14 points) and Jesse Hawn (13 points) scored in double figures for the Bulldogs on the night while Miller (15 points) and Murray (12 points) paced the Bobcats.
Oliver Springs (54) Moss 3, Noe 5, Melton 2, Thornton 2, Murray 12, Johnson 2, S. Morgan 2, Nation 2, Miller 15, B. Morgan 9.
Wartburg (84) Hawn 13, Carroll 14, Beasley 4, Adkisson 9, Jones 6, Donovan Justes 3, Luttrell 3, Daniel Justes 19, Williams 6, Kilby 7.