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Lady Waves close out 2013 with 46-44 win

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

 

The 2013 Jon Loden Holiday Classic didn’t get off to a great start for the Midway Lady Green Waves, but they did finish strong as Jon Leffew’s squad downed Monterey, 46-44, Monday morning to finish seventh overall.

Midway opened the tournament with a pair of close losses. They opened play on Friday with a 56-52 loss against Loudon and then dropped a 63-62 decision on Saturday against Stone Memorial.

Midway vs. Loudon

Loudon’s Aspen Jordan was more than Midway could handle Friday night. The lanky Lady Redskin post pumped in 32 points in leading Loudon to a four-point victory.

Jordan scored eight points in the first period as Loudon led 11-6 after eight minutes of play.

Jordan, however, was in foul trouble in the second period and that led to a Lady Wave rally. Midway outscored Loudon 18-7 in the frame and led 24-19 at halftime.

Alexis Taylor led Midway in the first half with 10 points.

After not scoring in the second quarter, Jordan scored eight more points in the third as Loudon took a 37-36 lead into the final period of play.

Rachael Tuttle buried a pair of three-pointers for Midway in the third quarter.

Midway gave the Lady Redskins all they could handle in the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t stop Jordan. Jordan scored 15 of her team’s 19 points in the frame and that was the difference down the stretch.

Taylor scored seven more points in the fourth quarter and led Midway on the evening with 21. Tuttle added 10 for the Lady Waves.

Midway (52) Taylor 21, West 4, Bertram 8, Tuttle 10, Lewis 4, Richardson 3, Colyer 2.

Midway vs. Stone Memorial

The Lady Waves suffered another close loss Saturday afternoon as Stone Memorial left Roane County with a 63-62 victory.

Midway got off to a quick start, outscoring the Lady Panthers 20-13 in the first quarter, but Stone Memorial turned the tide in the second period, winning the frame 19-11 to take a 32-31 lead at halftime.

Taylor was Midway’s big gun again in the first half with 14 points.

Things stayed close in the second half. The Lady Panthers won the third period by four points and led 47-42 heading into the fourth quarter.

Midway, however, wouldn’t go away. Led by nine points from Taylor and seven from Abby Bertram, the Lady Waves came close, but couldn’t pull out the win at the end.

Taylor led all scorers on the night with 25 points. Bertram was next in line with 14.

Midway (62) Taylor 25, Bertram 14, Tuttle 9, Lewis 4, Richardson 8, Colyer 2.

Midway vs. Monterey

After close losses to open the tournament, the Lady Waves seemed ready for an easy win when they took a 12-point lead at halftime, but Monterey rallied in the second half before Midway rallied down the stretch for a 46-44 victory.

Midway took command early. Sparked by a 13-2 run, the Lady Waves held a 17-7 lead after eight minutes of play. Not much changed in the second period as the Lady Waves took a 28-16 lead into halftime.

Bertram led Midway in the first half with nine points while Jessie Lewis added six.

The lead stood at 33-22 in the third quarter when Monterey started their rally. The Lady Wildcats went on a 13-2 run and tied the game at 35 with four minutes left in the contest.

Midway answered with five straight points and held a 40-35 lead with 2:55 remaining after a Taylor lay-up, but Monterey answered the call with six straight points to take a 41-40 lead with 1:55 left to play.

Midway regained the lead eight seconds later when Lewis scored from in close then the Lady Waves hit four straight free throws to take a 46-41 lead into the closing seconds.

Monterey did add three points with 1.7 seconds left, but they didn’t have time to pull out the win.

Lewis (12 points, 8 rebounds), Taylor (11 points) and Bertram (10 points, 6 assists) all scored in double figures for Midway in the win.

Midway (46) Lewis 12, Tuttle 7, Bertram 10, Taylor 11, Richardson 2, Colyer 2, West 2.