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The Midway Green Wave and Lady Waves opened the regular season Tuesday night with a pair of losses to Monterey.
Both Midway teams led late in the game but couldn't hold on down the stretch. The Lady Waves fell, 35-34, while the Green Wave dropped a 49-41 decision to the Wildcats.
Midway returns to action Tuesday when they host Tellico Plains. Midway will be at Monterey on Saturday.
The Lady Waves started slow, but picked up the pace a little in the middle two quarters. They held a 32-28 lead with 5:30 left to play, but couldn't hold on at the end.
The Lady Waves scored only four points in the opening quarter, all on free throws as Abby Bertram sank two free tosses while Taylor Whitehead and Jessie Lewis hit one each.
Monterey wasn't much better, but they did get a three-pointer each from Courtney Ledford and Sara Dishman to lead 12-4 at the first stop.
Midway didn't score their first basket till Bertram sank one in the middle of the second quarter. Whitehead followed with a hoop and two free throws. Alexis Taylor scored a hoop and Halie Wiley sank a free throw to cut the lead to 19-14 by halftime.
Midway’s best quarter was the third winning it 12-5 to take a 26-24 lead at the third stop.
Bertram led the scoring with three baskets while Halie Wiley nailed a trey.
The Lady Waves got baskets from Taylor, Bertram, and Wiley to push out to their biggest lead at 32-28. However, they would only get two free throws from Whitehead late in the quarter.
Monterey surged to the lead behind baskets from Emily Horn and Ledford. Ledford and Horn also sank two free throws each late in the game.
Each team did not score in the final minute of the game. Both turned the ball over twice in the time span and Monterey got the final possession and ran out the clock.
Bertram paced the Lady Waves with 13 points while Horn led Monterey with 10.
Midway (34) Bertram 13, Whitehead 7, Wiley 6, Taylor 5, Barger 2, Lewis 1.
The Green Wave also came from behind to take a brief lead in the fourth quarter, but good free throw shooting from Monterey would be the difference as the Wildcats eased out to the 49-41 win.
Shandon Lyle came off the bench and knocked down a trey to lead Midway in the opening quarter. Caleb Ruffner, Adam Houser, and Jacob Cawood added a basket each.
Logan Jones scored five points to pace Monterey to a 11-9 lead at the first break.
A late rush of Midway baskets kept margin at two by halftime. Five different players scored for Midway in the frame with a three-pointer from Ruffner leading the way.
Midway rallied early in the third, but fell back at the end.
Zack Edwards and Jacob Cawood scored three points each for Midway in the frame, but Monterey’s
Brett Hastings tallied seven points in the third to give the Wildcat a 35-29 lead with one period left to play.
Midway’s Logan Davidson fired in a pair of treys early in the fourth to give Midway a 36-35 lead with five minutes left. Cawood added a pair of baskets with some tough shots inside then Houser would score the final Midway points with a basket in the final two minutes.
Monterey eased away with Levi Blaylock hitting 6 of 6 free throws in the final minutes. Jones added three of four free throws and a basket.
Cawood scored 10 points to lead Midway on the night.
Blaylock led Monterey with 13 points. Jones and Hastings scored 10 points each.
Midway (41) Cawood 10, Ruffner 7, Davidson 7, Houser 6, Moore 4, Lyle 3, Edwards 3, Brummitt 1