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By GOOSE LINDSAY
It wasn’t easy, but the Oliver Springs Bobcats picked up their second straight District 4-A sweep Tuesday night as the Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats downed visiting Oakdale.
The marquee match-up of the evening was Tuesday’s first game that saw the Lady ‘Cats down the Lady Eagles, 45-33.
The second game of the evening would see the Bobcats down the Eagles, 56-44.
The Lady Bobcats have won six straight district titles and the drive for seven in a row got a major boost Tuesday evening as Oliver Springs downed Oakdale, 45-33, in a meeting between what many consider the top two teams in District 4-A this season.
Defense was the name of the game early on as neither team scored in the first five minutes and only 11 points were scored in the first period as Oliver Springs held a 7-4 lead after eight minutes of play.
The scoring pace picked up in the second period as the Lady ‘Cats outscored the Lady Eagles 14-9 in the period to take a 21-13 lead at half-time.
Oliver Springs’ Kayla Christopher scored 12 points in the first half to lead all scorers while Korin Pease paced the Lady Eagles with seven points.
Oakdale got back into the game in the third period as they outscored Oliver Springs 13-10 in the period to make the score 31-26 in favor of the Lady ‘Cats with eight minutes left to play.
Shaina O’Dell scored seven points in the period to lead Oakdale while Christopher and Kelsey Hall scored five points each for Oliver Springs.
Oakdale, however, was unable to complete the comeback as Oliver Springs pulled away in the final period for the 12-point victory.
Christopher led all scorers on the night with 19 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals. Hall was next in line for the Lady ‘Cats with nine points and six assists. Brooke Barger pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Pease led Oakdale on the night with 11 points.
Oakdale (33) Byrge 6, Pease 11, Snow 1, Ruppe 6, O’Dell 9.
Oliver Springs (45) Christopher 19, Barger 6, Lively 2, Harper 1, Ollis 2, Howard 6, Hall 9.
This game was decided in the first quarter as the Bobcats led 14-2 after eight minutes of play and 12 points would be the final margin of vic-tory for Tony Ingram’s squad.
Dan Schultz had a big first quarter for the Bobcats as he buried a three pointer on his way to seven first period points.
Oakdale, however, settled down and played better in the second period as Oliver Springs won the period, 13-11, to take a 27-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Schultz and Eli Woods each hit three pointers in the second period while Clint Foster, Kasey Perkins and Jesse Clark all connected from long range in the second period for the Eagles.
Oakdale cut the lead to six points at one point in the third period, but Oliver Springs recovered to take a 40-29 lead into the final eight min-utes of action.
Schultz was again Oliver Springs’ big gun in the third period with six points while Oakdale’s Jordan Williams scored seven points in the pe-riod to lead all scorers.
Oakdale stayed within striking distance throughout the final period, but the Eagles weren’t able to make a serious run at the Bobcats.
Schultz was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points while Woods (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Bobcats.
Williams led the way for Oakdale with 10 points.
Oakdale (44) Gibson 7, Foster 9, Perkins 10, Redmon 4, Williams 9, Clark 3, Cannon 2.
Oliver Springs (56) Richardson 6, Raby 2, Schultz 20, Woods 10, Evans 4, Harper 3, Carter 6, Rather 5.