Midway splits with Coalfield

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By Brownie Rose

The Midway Lady Green Waves snapped a three-game losing streak with a 50-42 win over Coalfield last Friday night at Midway. 

The Lady Waves had not won since Dec. 7 when they beat Greenback for their first district win. Midway improved to 4-7 with the non-district win over the Lady Yellow Jackets.

In the nightcap, the Green Wave seem to have run into their first problems of the year. Midway had won six straight games till last Tuesday when Harriman stopped that streak. Friday against Coalfield, Midway came up short again when they lost 53-50 to the Yellow Jackets. 

The loss dropped Midway to 8-4 on the season and left them in the midst of a two-game losing streak.

Both Midway teams will play host for the 2012 Jon Loden Christmas Classic at Midway. Both teams played Jellico in the first round Thursday. The Christmas tourney runs through Saturday. 

The next regular season will be Friday, Jan. 4 when Grace Christian visits Midway in a District 3-A contest.

Girls Game

The Lady Waves got off to a good start, then stumbled a little before ending strong to get the win over Coalfield. Freshman guard Abby Bertram fired in eight points in the final quarter to help the Lady Waves hold off Coalfield.

Midway won the opening period 7-2, but neither team would score till almost 3:30 had run off the clock. Jessie Lewis got the first Midway basket, then Alisa Barger bombed in a trey and Alexis Taylor picked up a hoop late in the quarter.

The Lady Jackets found the range and cut Midway’s to three by halftime, 20-17.

Emily Richardson came off the bench to score a pair of baskets and a free throw to lead Midway in the second quarter. Bertram added a pair of hoops. 

Coalfield’s Makenzie Cox fired in seven points to lead the Lady Jackets in the second.

Coalfield trimmed the lead to two at the end of the third and did tie the game twice in the third quarter.

Barger ripped a trey and scored a hoop for Midway in the third while Bertram scored two more baskets. 

Samantha Hamby, Coalfield’s only senior, fired in 10 points in the third with five total hoops.

Bertram answered Coalfields challenge in the final period when she scored eight points on four baskets. 

Taylor Whitehead added five points in the frame as Midway pulled away down the stretch. 

Hamby led Coalfield on the night with 14 points while Cox added 10.

Bertram led all scorers with 16.

Midway (50) Bertram 16, Taylor 8, Barger 8. Whitehead 7, Richardson 5, Lewis 4, Wiley 2.

Boys Game

The Green Wave got off to a good start, winning the first period 14-8, but Coalfield rallied in the second to tie the game at 27 by halftime. The third quarter was a tight one but Midway did lead by two at the end. Coalfield pushed to leads of four and five in the final quarter and held on to get the three-point win.

Caleb Ruffner and Christian Moore led Midway in the opening period with five points each while Jacob Cawood and Shandon Lyle added a basket each.

Jonathan Rainey scored six of the eight Yellow Jacket points in the first.

Midway’s struggles began in the second when most of the players could not find the range. 

Ruffner and Cawood were the top shots, combining for 11 points. 

Ryan Hill (10 points) and Nathan Johnson (7 points) led Coalfield in the second quarter.

Cawood scored two hoops in the third for Midway, but the Green Wave found the basket only twice more when Logan Davidson and Shandon Lyle knocked down three-pointers. 

Midway held a slim 37-35 lead at the end of the third.

Rainey and Jason Lee led a 9-3 start in the final period to put the Jackets up 44-40. Davidson scored the only Midway points with a trey.

Ruffner knocked down back-to-back baskets to tie the game at 44, but the Jackets took off again and led 49-44 with about two minutes left to play. 

Adam Houser scored his only points of the night with a trey and Clay Clower added a late basket while Ruffner sank a late free throw, but the Green Wave could not close the gap. 

Coalfield knocked down 8 of 12 free throws in the final quarter to pick up the win.

Hill and Rainey with 14 each led Coalfield in scoring.

Ruffner (16 points) and Cawood (10 points) scored in double figures for Coalfield.

 Midway (50) Ruffner 16, Cawood 10, Lyle 8, Davidson 6, Moore 5, Houser 3, Clower 2.