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Lady 'Cats clobber Jellico

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By Brody Jones

A beat-down. A drubbing. A shellacking. Insert whatever term you want, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats obliterated the Jellico Lady Blue Devils Friday night, 77-25. 

The Lady ‘Cats used a 20-4 stretch at one point in the opening period to take an early 22-8 lead. Oliver Springs then had an18-6 surge at one point in the second period to take a whopping 42-17 halftime lead. 

The Lady ‘Cats would have a 14-6 third period to make the score 56-23 going into the final period, bringing the mercy rule into effect. The Lady Bobcats, however, couldn’t be stopped as they used a 19-2 final period to give them the the 52-point victory.

Maleah Murray (12 points, 8 boards), Katie Harvey (12 points), Kelsey Christopher (10 points, 11 boards), and Katie Fitch (10 points, 5 boards) all scored in double-digits. 

Oliver Springs (77) Murray 12, Harvey 12, Christopher 10, Fitch 10, Davis 8, Ball 6, Fowler 6, Martin 5, Giles 5, Carter 3.

Boys Game

The last time the Oliver Springs Bobcats played the Jellico Blue Devils, they suffered a 30-point defeat. 

This time, however, the Bobcats gave the Blue Devils fits the whole game and put in a strong effort, only to fall just short in the end by a 64-57 margin.

Jellico used an 11-4 run at one point in period number one to take the early 19-9 lead. 

Oliver Springs battled back in the second period to cut the lead in half with the score at intermission being 32-27. A 12-6 surge by the ‘Cats helped to give them a 46-43 lead at the end of the third period. 

But down the stretch, turnovers would spell doom for the Bobcats as they gave up a 14-5 run down the stretch to drop a 64-57 decision. 

Jellico was led in victory by Cody Malicoat (21 points), Brent Ayers (13 points, 5 boards), and Lee England (11 points, 5 assists).  

The Bobcats were led by John Simms (29 points, 6 boards), Michael Taylor (9 points, 6 assists, 5 boards), and Jordan Romero (6 points). Matt Henley (8 boards) also played well in the loss.

 Oliver Springs (57) Simms 29, Taylor 9, Romero 6, Gann 5, Henley 4, Sweet 4.