Lady ’Cats drop two games

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor


The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats played a pair of games in Sevier County over the weekend, but the results weren’t what Michelle Christopher wanted, as the Lady ’Cats lost both contests.

The first game was at Pigeon Forge and the Lady ’Cats were downed by the Lady Tigers, 52-38. Up next was a game at Gatlinburg-Pittman, but the change of scenery didn’t help, as the Lady Highlanders rolled to a 75-47 victory.

Oliver Springs will be in action today (Friday) against Meigs County and Saturday against Stone Memorial in the 2013 Oliver Springs Thanksgiving Classic.

Oliver Springs vs. Pigeon Forge

The Lady ’Cats hung around throughout, but could never muster a big enough run to knock off the Lady Panthers.

Offense was a problem in the first half. The Lady ’Cats were outscored 15-8 in the first quarter and trailed 22-17 after gaining two points on the Lady Tigers in the second quarter.

The offensive production improved in the third period, scoring 15 points, but Pigeon Forge matched the Lady ’Cats point-for-point in the frame, and even added a point in taking a 38-32 lead into the final period of play.

Pigeon Forge finally pulled away down the stretch after outscoring Oliver Springs 14-6 in the fourth quarter of play.

Rachel Griffith (18 points) and Emily Griffith (11 points, 6 steals, 5 assists, 5 rebounds) led Oliver Springs in scoring.

Oliver Springs (38) E. Griffith 11, R. Griffith 18, Smith 4, Gilmore 2, Suttles 3.

Oliver Springs vs. Gatlinburg-Pittman

The Lady ’Cats played well for the first two quarters against the Lady Highlanders, but the second half was a different story as Gatlinburg-Pittman pulled away for a 28-point victory.

Gatlinburg-Pittman outscored Oliver Springs 21-14 in the first quarter, but the Lady ’Cats used an 18-16 advantage in the second period to pull within 37-32 at halftime.

Oliver Springs’ offense, however, didn’t show up in the second half and that allowed the Lady Highlanders to pull away.

Gatlinburg-Pittman won the third quarter, 16-5, and the fourth quarter, 22-10, to put the finishing touches on their 75-47 victory.

Emily Griffith (26 points, 5 assists) and Rachel Griffith (11 points, 3 assists) led Oliver Springs in defeat.

Oliver Springs (47) E. Griffith 26, R. Griffith 11, Smith 1, Topmiller 2, Channell 1, Baker 6.