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Midway rolls over Rockwood in 3A action

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By Michael Lindsay
newsroom@roanecounty.com
The Midway Green Wave played spoiler on senior night in Rockwood, sweeping the Tigers in both games. The Lady Waves won by a score of 48-42, followed by the boys holding on in a 52-50 contest.
Midway 48,Rockwood 42:  A strong start was huge for Midway in their road victory at Rockwood, as the Lady Waves held on to win 48-42. This win guarantees Midway will be playing in the 4-5 game in the district tournament.
The first quarter was all Waves, as they took a 12-3 lead over the Rockwood. Paige Bacon led Midway with two 3-pointers in the quarter alone. Zoie Hill hit the lone field goal for the Lady Tigers in the frame.
Rockwood  came to life in the second quarter, outscoring the Waves 13-8. Lexie Hill and Camryn Evans each scored four points for Rockwood to bring them within four, 20-16, at halftime.
Rockwood closed the gap in the third quarter. A Lexie Hill putback  brought the score to within one, 24-23, with 3:23 remaining in the third quarter.
Midway’s Heaven Prinzi answered with a 3-pointer to stop the bleeding at 27-23.
A Midway steal by Rebecca Lemaster resulted in a Caitlyn Ross layup at the buzzer to give Midway a 29-25 advantage after three.
Ross  started the fourth quarter strong with and a layup, giving her team a 4-point lead with 5:15 to go. Rockwood senior Megan Monday picked off a pass in the backcourt and scored, followed by a Zoie Hill basket to tie the game at 32 with four minutes to go. Midway scored twice to take a 4-point lead over Rockwood.
The Lady Waves would not look back, sealing the game on the free-throw line to win by a final score of 48-42.
Midway went 13-16 from the charity stripe in the final quarter, while Rockwood went 7-16. Caitlyn Ross led Midway with 22 points, and Zoie Hill totaled 12 for Rockwood.
Rockwood (42): Lexie Hill 11, Evans 11, Monday 2, Zoie Hill 12, Metcalfe 2, Tilley 4
Midway (48): Bacon 11, Prinzi 3, Ross 22, Shultz 6, Cawood 6
Midway 52, Rockwood 50: A thrilling contest came down to the final shot  as Midway downed Rockwood in a tight one by a score of 52-50.
 “Late in the game, I told the guys to focus on doing what they’re supposed to do. They did a good job of keeping their composure,” said Midway coach  Justin O’Toole.
The Tigers and Green Wave traded blows in the first quarter, with Midway taking a 10-8 lead after one. Matthew Thompson and Jimmy Vanosdale each scored four for the Tigers in the frame.
Rockwood would find a better groove offensively in the second quarter, outscoring Midway 15-10 in the frame. Thompson added eight more, and Colton Nuckols hit a three.
At the break, the Tigers led 23-20.
Nick Bettis led a well-rounded Midway offense with six points in the first half.
Thompson’s offensive efficiency continued into the third quarter as he poured in eight more, including two threes, in the quarter.
Jake Woody and Bettis combined to score all 15 points for Midway in the third.
After three, the Tigers held a close lead, 37-35.
Midway would score a quick four points to take a 39-37 lead. Thompson would nail another three to give Rockwood a 1- point lead, but Woody would answer on the ensuing possession to put the Waves back ahead by two. Ryan McCain added two points before another Woody three put Midway ahead 45-42 with 3:35 remaining.
The Green Wave added another bucket to take a 47-42 lead at the 2:18 mark.
Thompson added his fourth three of the night to cut the Midway lead to one possession. Drake Romines hit a baseline floater with 1:10 remaining to give the Waves a 49-45 lead and some breathing room, however they were not out of the woods yet.
Midway added a free throw before Matthew Thompson nailed a transition three to cut the score to 50-48 with 21.8 seconds remaining.
Green Wave senior Jake Woody hit two clutch free throws to put his team up four with 15.2 seconds left.
Thompson would continue his run of clutch shots by hitting a 15-foot jump shot while falling down to put Rockwood within one score, 52-50 with 8.1 remaining.
Midway would miss two free throws and Rockwood got a look at a last-second shot, but it would fall just short as the Waves held on to win, 52-50.
Thompson led all scorers with 31 points.
Rockwood will play at Grace Friday in the district tournament, while Midway’s opponent is to be announced.
“Grace isn’t going to play us the same way again,” said Rockwood coach Paul Kamikawa. “We’re going to prepare for the new things they can potentially throw at us.
“We are going to get a lot of shots up Wednesday and really go over our fundamentals Thursday. We’ll watch some film on our opponent as well,” added coach O’Toole.
Rockwood (50): Treadway 3, Thompson 31, Nuckols 4, Vanosdale 6, McCain 6
Midway (52): Moore 4, Taylor 5, Bettis 16, Corey Schleben 4, Romines 9, Woody 14.