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For 31 minutes, the Coalfield Lady Jackets looked as if they were going to beat the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats, but thanks to the defense of Kellie Ball and a game-saving block by Maleah Murray, the Lady ‘Cats escaped the Jackets' nest with a 52-50 squeaker Friday night.
Both teams were playing in spurts early on, with the Lady Jackets taking an early 14-4 lead, but a 6-0 run by the Lady 'Cats before Coalfield scored the final basket of the opening period, making the score 16-10.
An 11-0 run to open up a 27-10 lead, but Oliver Springs had a 10-0 surge to get within 27-20 at half-time.
Oliver Springs had an 8-2 run to start the third period, but Coalfield closed down the stretch with a 6-2 tilt to make the score 39-33 going into the final period.
The Lady 'Cats, however, came roaring to life down the stretch with a 14-4 surge and thanks to clutch free throw shooting by Ball and a pivotal block on the final shot by Murray, the Lady 'Cats held on for a 52-50 win.
Coalfield had a 25-21 edge on the boards but Oliver Springs had an 11-9 edge in team steals.
The Lady 'Cats were led in scoring by Murray (11 points) and Ball (11 points).
Katie Harvey (9 points), Leigha Carter (8 points), Katie Fitch (7 points), Sarah Davis (6 points) and Kelsey Christopher (6 boards) also played well in the win.
Coalfield was led by Alaina Jordan (14 points, 7 boards), Samantha Hamby (11 points, 7 boards), Andrea Foster (10 points), and Erika Foster (9 points, 6 boards).
Oliver Springs (52) Murray 11, Ball 11, Harvey 9, Carter 8, Fitch 7, Davis 6.
Coalfield (50) Jordan 14, Hamby 11, Foster 10, Foster 9, Tara McNeal 5, Tiffany McNeal 1.
For a little over three periods of play, the Oliver Springs Bobcats gave the Coalfield Yellow Jackets all they could handle, but the Jackets pulled away late to take the 62-50 win.
The Bobcats started on a 7-0 run, but Coalfield responded back with a 9-0 surge to make the score at the end of the first period 9-7.
Oliver Springs started period number two on a 12-6 run, but Coalfield closed, out the half on a 7-2 tear to make the score at intermission 22-21 in favor of the Jackets.
A 6-0 tilt by the Jackets in the third period gave them a 41-33 lead going into the final period.
Oliver Springs got as close as two points away thanks to an 8-2 run but a 10-0 tilt down the stretch gave the Jackets the 62-50 win.
Oliver Springs owned a 37-35 edge on the boards and a 9-4 edge in team steals.
Coalfield was led by Cody Hill (17 points, 11 boards), Cody Duncan (14 points) and Dillon Wilson (12 points, 8 boards, 5 assists).
Ryan Hill (6 boards) played well in the win.
Oliver Springs was led in defeat by John Simms (13 points, 7 boards), Michael Taylor (9 points, 9 boards), Matt Henley (6 points, 10 boards) and Jordan Romero (6 points).
Oliver Springs (50) Simms 13, Taylor 9, Henley 6, Romero 6, Gann 5, Sweet 5, McBee 4.
Coalfield (62) C. Hill 17, Duncan 14, Wilson 12, R. Hill 5, Tinker 5, Powers 4, Hicks 3, Bogard 2.