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Midway suffers Black Friday

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The Midway Green Waves didn’t have a lot to be thankful for Friday night as Oakdale travelled South of the River and took a pair of games from the home team.

The undefeated Lady Eagles (6-0) took the floor first and came away with a 55-40 victory then Oakdale’s boys completed the sweep with a 48-42 victory.

Midway will look to bounce back Tuesday when they host Tellico Plains in their first District 3-A contest of the season.

Girls Game

Fred Snow’s Lady Eagles didn’t hit a high percentage of their free throws Friday night, but they sure made a lot of them in picking up a 55-40 victory.

The Lady Eagles made 16 of 31 of their charity tosses on the night compared to Midway’s 3 of 5 and those extra points were the difference.

The first quarter was close as the Lady Eagles led 12-10 after eight minutes of play.

Lindsey Kilby (7 points) and Nicole Thompson (5 points) combined for all 12 of Oakdale’s points in the period while Hayley Roberson scored six for the Lady Waves.

Oakdale’s lead grew to 26-17 at halftime as the Lady Eagles won the second period, 14-7.

Kilby scored six points for Oakdale in the period while Alisa Barger paced Midway with five.

Oakdale added two more points to their lead as they took a 40-29 lead into the final period of play. 

Midway stayed within striking distance for much of the final period, but they could never get closer than 10 points down the stretch.

Kilby led all scorers on the night as she finished the evening with 22 points, nine rebounds and six steals. Thompson was next in line with nine points and three steals.

Natalie McGill (8 points, 4 steals, 3 assists), Marissa Redmon (8 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) and Amber Snow (8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) also played well for Oakdale.

Roberson led the way for Midway with 15 points and seven rebounds while Barger (7 points, 5 rebounds), Darian Shultz (7 points) and Allison Klinker (5 points, 7 rebounds) were next in line.

Oakdale (55) Kilby 22, McGill 8, Thompson 9, Redmon 8, Snow 8.

Midway (40) Roberson 15, Bullard 2, Barger 7, Klinker 5, Wiley 4, Shultz 7.

Boys Game

Oakdale built a double digit lead early and then held on late to pick up their third victory of the season.

The Eagles came out smoking as they led 16-6 after eight minutes of play.

Josh Kilby was Oakdale’s big gun in the opening period with seven points, while Caleb Ruffner, Jacob Parkison and Matt Jarvis scored a basket each for Midway.

Midway settled down in the second period and closed to within 29-20 at halftime,

Ruffner and Jarvis led the charge for Midway with five points each in the period while D.J. Currier scored the same amount for Oakdale.

Things would get interesting by the end of the third period as Midway outscored Oakdale 14-8 in the frame to close to within 37-34 with eight minutes left to play.

Midway got as close as 41-39 with four minutes remaining, but the Green Waves would go nearly four minutes without a basket and that allowed Oakdale to pull out to a 44-39 lead heading into the final 30 seconds of action.

Midway almost made up all of those points on one possession as Jarvis buried a three-pointer with 20.8 seconds left, and on the same play, Ruffner was fouled away from the ball. 

The ensuing free throw, however, was no good then Currier hit four freebies down the stretch to give the Eagles the six-point victory.

Currier led Oakdale on the night with 16 points and eight rebounds while Kilby posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.

Jarvis paced Midway with 14 points while Ruffner also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

Oakdale (48) J. Kilby 15, Daugherty 4, Currier 16, Stewart 9, A. Kilby 4.

Midway (42) Ruffner 10, Parkison 3, Jarvis 14, Brummitt 2, Manning 5, Houser 6, Viar 2.