Lady 'Cats headed to title game

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By The Staff


Roane Newspapers

After struggling through the regular season, many believed the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats would have trouble getting past the District 4-A Tournament play-in game, much less advance to the title game, but the Lady 'Cats are proving their doubters wrong.

Wednesday, the Lady 'Cats won their play-in game at Oneida, 43-38, and they followed that up Friday with a fourth quarter rally against No. 1 seed Coalfield. Down by seven with less than three minutes to play, Oliver Springs scored the final eight points of the contest to defeat the Lady Jackets, 37-36, and advance to Monday's District 4-A title game against Wartburg.

Coalfield started strong Friday as Samantha Hamby scored five points in the first five minutes to give the Lady Jackets a 9-2 lead. Oliver Springs responded, however, with a 5-2 run that made the score 11-7 after eight minutes of play.

The second period played out much like the first as Coalfield pulled out to a seven-point lead (16-9) early in the period only to see Oliver Springs rally late with a 10-4 run that cut Coalfield's lead to 20-19 at halftime.

Katie Harvey and Sarah Davis combined for all 10 of the points in the run.

The third period was close throughout, but Oliver Springs ended the period with a three-pointer from Chelsea Harper and a basket inside from Harvey to give the Lady 'Cats a 29-28 lead with eight minutes left to play.

The fourth period was two periods in one as Coalfield dominated the first half of the period while Oliver Springs ruled the closing minutes.

The first five minutes of the frame would see the Lady Jackets scoring eight straight points to take a 36-29 lead.

But then the Lady Bobcats, who had went nearly six minutes without scoring, finally got hot at the right time. Harper hit back-to-back three-pointers in less than a minute to pull them within one at 36-35 with under two minutes to play. Kelsey Christopher then provided the biggest shot in her young career when she scored inside with 16 seconds left to put her team ahead at 37-36.

Coalfield's Chelsea Landrum missed a jumper with seven seconds left and that would be the last chance for the Lady Jackets.

The Lady Jackets were led by the scoring quartet of Whitney Walls (9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals), Alaina Jordan (8 points, 7 steals, 4 rebounds), Samantha Hamby (7 points, 13 rebounds) and Chelsey Landrum (7 points). Danielle Elsea chipped in five points.

Oliver Springs was led by the scoring trio of Chelsey Harper (11 points, 5 rebounds), Sarah Davis (11 points, 5 boards) and Katie Harvey (11 points, 3 assists). Hannah Raby (8 rebounds, 5 assists) played a great floor game.

Coalfield (36) Walls 9, Jordan 8, Landrum 7, Hamby 7, Elsea 5.

Oliver Springs (37) Harper 11, Harvey 11, Davis 11, Christopher 2, Murray 2.