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By BROWNIE ROSE
It was a tough start to the 2008-09 season for the Midway Green Waves. They dropped two games each to visiting Kingston on Saturday and Monday to Wartburg.
The Lady Waves stayed close until halftime with county rival Kingston before falling 63-45. Monday night, they trailed Wartburg by 24 at halftime before falling, 78-56.
The Green Waves led Kingston until the midpoint of the fourth quarter, but would eventually fall 49-39. Against Wartburg they could not keep up with the Bulldogs’ Caleb Bunch and fell, 81-59.
Kingston at Midway
With wins in each period, Kingston managed to pull away in the second half for the 18-point win.
Jennifer Givens and Jenna Ray knocked down six points each in the first quarter to push the Lady Jackets to a 17-13 lead.
Midway freshman post Hayley Roberson fired in eight first quarter points to keep the Lady Waves close.
Kingston won a slower paced second quarter 10-7 to make the score 27-20 at halftime.
Callie Mergen led Kingston in the second quarter with five points while Haley Parks scored three for the Lady Waves.
Givens and Ray went back to work in the third and pushed the Lady Jackets to a 43-30 lead by the end of the period.
Givens and Ray combined for 11 of Kingston’s 16 points in the period while Parks and Kathryn Beard scored seven of Midway’s 10 points in the third quarter.
Kingston extended the lead to as much as 20 in the fourth before finally settling for the 18-point win. Ray and Givens led the way again in the fourth period, combining for 12 points. Parks and Beard also combined for 12 points in the final period for the Lady Waves.
Midway (39) Parks 17, Roberson 10, Beard 8, Phillips 3, Morris 3, Edgemon 2, Walden 2.
Kingston (63) Ray 20, Jennifer Givens 18, Mergen 11, Thearp 5, Fritts 3, Neal 2, Smith 2, Jacquelyn Givens 2.
The Green Waves led by eight heading into the fourth quarter, but Kingston went on a 24-6 run in the fourth period and eased to a 49-39 win.
Kingston did grab a 12-11 lead at the end of one as Adam Jackson scored a pair of hoops while Zach Eason and Kyle Gough gunned in a trey each.
Midway got a pair of baskets from Zack Hall in the opening quarter while Paul Wiley ripped a trey.
Midway rolled to a 16-5 win in the second quarter to take a 27-17 lead into halftime.
Paul Hester bombed in a trey and scored a basket to lead the attack while Hall added four points.
Hall scored all six Midway points in the third and they held on for a 33-25 lead at the end of the period.
Kelley gunned in four point to lead the Jackets in the third.
Kingston finally grabbed the lead with a free throw from Francis midway through the quarter. Jackson followed up with a steal and a basket to put the Jackets up three 38-35. Midway couldn’t recover and Kingston would go on to the 10-point win.
Midway (39) Hall 14, Butler 7, Roberson 5, Hester 5, Wiley 5, Jarvis Hillard 3
Kingston (49) Jackson 13, Kelley 9, Francis 7, Phillips 6, Eason 6, Gough 4, Raymer 2, Crowe 2.
Wartburg at Midway
Crystal Fountain was almost unstoppable in the first two quarters for Wartburg as she poured in 17 first half points to lead Wartburg to the big halftime lead.
Elizabeth Chapman added three baskets off the bench for the Lady Bulldogs in the opening period while Taleah Armes scored two baskets in the first period, but gunned in nine points in the second quarter including a trey.
Midway scored well in the game, but just not at the blistering pace Wartburg was scoring at.
Kathryn Beard scored a pair of first quarter baskets while Haley Parks scored a hoop and sank a free throw.
In the second period, Parks ripped a trey while Haley Roberson, Michelle Walden, Allyson Klinker and Chelsey Phillips scored two points each.
Midway rallied and won the third quarter, 18-17.
Parks led Midway with six points in the period while Beard and freshman Danielle Borum added five points each.
Midway picked up a 17-16 win in the fourth quarter to close the final margin to 22 points.
Beard took scoring honors in the quarter with seven points.
Wartburg’s Sarah Davidson came off the bench to score seven of her nine points in the fourth quarter.
Fountain (19 points) and Armes (17 points) scored in double figures for the Lady ‘Dogs.
Midway (56) Beard 16, Parks 14, Roberson 9, Borum 8, Phillips 4, Walden 2, Klinker 2, Morris 1.
Wartburg’s Caleb Bunch scored 33 of his career-high 46 points in the first two quarters to lead the Bulldogs to a 53-25 halftime lead.
Bunch scored 18 points in the first quarter with six baskets and two treys.
Midway tried to keep up with Paul Wiley scoring two hoops while Zack Hall added a basket and a free throw. After taking a year off from basketball, Quinton Pressley came back and scored a pair of hoops in the game including one in the first quarter.
Bunch gunned in three more treys in the second and added three baskets to the total. He got some help when Adam Griffith added a pair of hoops and two free throws.
Midway scored 12 points in the second quarter with Hall getting six of them on three baskets.
Bunch ended his night with 13 more points in the third. He had four baskets and five free throws.
Paul Hester led a balanced scoring attack for Midway in the third with a trey and a free throw.
Wakon Roberson finally got it going in the fourth and the Green Waves pulled out a 22-10 win. Roberson scored four hoops and sank a free throw while Josh Manning and Pressley scored four points each.
Midway (59) Roberson 12, Hall 9, Butler 9, Pressley 8, Blasko 5, Manning 4, Hester 4, Wiley 4, Hicks 2, Viar 2.