Midway picks up split at Oakdale

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By Goose Lindsay

The Midway Green Wave and Lady Waves finished up their season series against Oakdale Friday night.


For Midway’s boys, Friday’s game proved a little tougher than their previous meeting, an 83-50 victory for the Green Wave, but in the end it would be Darrell Ruffner’s squad pulling away down the stretch for a 72-48 victory.

On the girls side, things were a lot tougher for the Lady Waves as they dropped a 51-38 decision at the hands of Fred Snow’s Lady Eagles. Midway had won their previous meeting, 54-42.

Midway closes the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule Friday night when they host Coalfield.

Girls Game

Oakdale’s Baley Pease did her best Dwight Howard impersonation Friday night as the Lady Eagle junior forward scored 16 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in leading Oakdale to a 13-point victory over Midway.

Oakdale had a strong first quarter as they led 13-4 after eight minutes of play.

Pease and Audrey Rogers scored four points each for Oakdale in the opening period while Alexis Taylor and Taylor Whitehead scored a basket each for Midway.

The Lady Waves played much better in the second period and closed the gap to 22-18 at halftime after outscoring Oakdale 14-9 in the frame.

Five players scored for Midway in the period, led by Alisa Barger’s five points. Rogers and Pease again scored four each to lead Oakdale in the second quarter.

Like the first quarter, Oakdale played well again in the third period. The Lady Eagles doubled-up Midway 12-6 in the frame to take a 34-24 lead into the final period of action.

Ellen Everett (5 points) and Sierra Snow (4 points) did most of Oakdale’s damage in the third period while Whitehead, Taylor and Halie Wiley scored two points each for Midway in the frame.

While the third period was like the first, the fourth period was not like the second as Oakdale kept the lead throughout, eventually picking up the 51-38 victory.

Besides Pease, Audrey Rogers (8 points, 4 rebounds), Natalie Rogers (5 points, 5 rebounds), Autumn Monkhouse (7 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals), Everett (6 points) and Katelyn Hill (5 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) all put up solid numbers for Oakdale.

Taylor led Midway with 12 points and four rebounds while Barger (8 points) and Wiley (6 points) were next in line in scoring. Whitehead led the Lady Waves with seven rebounds while Abby Bertram added six.

Midway (38) Taylor 12, Bertram 2, Barger 8, Lewis 2, Whitehead 4, Wiley 6, Tuttle 3, West 1.

Oakdale (51) Monkhouse 7, Snow 4, A. Rogers 8, N. Rogers 5, Pease 16, Hill 5, Everett 6.

Boys Game

Midway won all four quarters Friday night on their way to a 24-point victory at Oakdale.

Midway’s Christian Moore (7 points) and Caleb Ruffner (6 points) got off to a quick start in leading the Green Wave to a 17-12 lead after eight minutes of play.

Oakdale’s duo of Michael Lindsay (6 points) and Colby Miller (4 points) led the way for the Eagles in the first period.

The second period would see Midway’s offense slow a bit, but the Green Wave still outscored Oakdale 13-12 in the frame to take a 30-24 lead at halftime.

Moore and Lindsay were high-point scorers in the period with four each.

The third period would see Midway’s lead grow to double digits. Behind eight points from Clay Clower and six from Adam Houser, the Green Wave won the period 17-11 to take a 47-35 lead into the final period of play.

Lindsay led Oakdale in the period with a pair of three-pointers and 10 points.

Oakdale was never able to make a run at Midway in the final period then the Green Wave pulled away down the stretch at the charity stripe.

Midway’s Shandon Lyle was the beneficiary of those free throws as he scored eight points in the final period.

Five players scored in double figures for Midway on the night, led by Moore’s 16 points and five rebounds. Clower (13 points, 8 rebounds), Lyle (12 points, 6 rebounds), Ruffner (11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) and Houser (10 points, 8 rebounds) also scored in double figures.

Lindsay led all scorers on the night with 20 points while Miller added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. 

Midway (72) Ruffner 11, Houser 10, Clower 13, Davidson 5, Lyle 12, Moore 16, Woody 3, Colyer 2.

 Oakdale (48) Steinmetz 5, Miller 14, Lindsay 20, DeVaney 7, Ruppe 2.