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By BRIAN LANGLEY
Morgan County News
OAKDALE - Oakdale completed the season sweep of Coalfield in high school basketball with a pair of wins on senior night last Friday.
The Lady Eagles earned a 49-38 win over Coalfield, while Mike Barber's Eagles cruised to an 89-52 triumph of the Jackets.
Fred Snow's Lady Eagles enjoyed senior night with an impressive 49-38 victory over Coalfield to lock up the #3 seed heading into the district tournament.
Oakdale led by as many as 19 and kept a double-digit advantage throughout most of the second half on their way to the 11-point victory.
It was senior night for six Lady Eagles (Shaina O'Dell, Rachel Ruppe, Whitney Snow, Morgan Byrge, Lyndsey Horton and Amelia Comer) as they defeated Coalfield for the fourth straight time.
"It was really great for these seniors to get a win. They have been an outstanding group and they have played since they were freshmen," explained Lady Eagle head coach Fred Snow.
After a 6-6 tie late in the opening quarter, the Lady Eagles went on a 4-0 run to close the period and take a 10-6 lead into the second frame as Shaina O'Dell and Korin Pease combined to score 8 points.
Midway through the second quarter, Oakdale was able to push the lead out to 20-8 behind six points from Pease. The scoring pace was rapid during the final couple of minutes of the half as Coalfield's Whittney Walls scored five points, including a shot before the buzzer, and Tallesse Jones nailed a three-pointer, while Pease scored five points, including a three-point play, as Oakdale took a 25-16 lead into the break.
Early in the third quarter, the Lady Jackets crept to within 27-21 following a three-pointer by Olivia Scarbrough, but Oakdale responded with a 12-1 surge (O'Dell and Pease combined for ten points) to build up a 17-point cushion. Scarbrough tallied the final two points of the quarter to close the gap to 39-24.
Less than three minutes into the final period, Oakdale built their largest lead of the game at 45-26 after O'Dell scored on a rebound. The Lady Jackets then responded with six straight free throws to make it a 13-point game with 3:36 left. The two teams then finished the game with a ton of tosses as they each hit four freebies in the final three minutes, while Coalfield used a deuce by Walls to help them slice the final deficit to 49-38.
"We played better tonight than we have played in a while. We still didn't shoot the ball well from the outside, but we will continue to work on that," Snow said.
Oakdale owned the backboards by a 42-33 margin. They also hit 16 of 23 free throws in the 11-point home win.
"We did shoot a little bit better than we've been shooting. We shot about 70% from the free throw line, which is something we haven't been doing," said Snow.
The Lady Eagles (18-7, 6-4 in District 4-A) were led by the powerful 1-2 punch of Korin Pease (22 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists) and Shaina O'Dell (13 points, 14 rebounds, 8 blocks). Morgan Byrge added 8 points and 6 rebounds for Oakdale.
Coalfield (15-8, 4-6 in District 4-A) was led by the inside scoring duo of Whittney Walls (10 points, 14 rebounds, 3 steals) and Olivia Scarbrough (10 points, 4 rebounds). Tallesse Jones chipped in 6 points and 5 rebounds.
"Coalfield has a really good ball club and they rebound well. They did not shoot the ball well tonight," said Snow.
Oakdale was set to host Sunbright and Coalfield was to entertain Oneida Tuesday night in the opening round of the District 4-A Tournament. The girls semi-finals will be Friday at Wartburg.
LADY EAGLES (49): Korin Pease 22, Shaina O'Dell 13, Morgan Byrge 8, Whitney Snow 2, Lyndsey Horton 2 and Rachel Ruppe 2. Three-pointers (1)-Pease 1.
LADY JACKETS (38): Olivia Scarbrough 10, Whittney Walls 10, Tallesse Jones 6, Chelsey Landrum 5, Alaina Jordan 4, Meredith Newberry 2 and Tara McNeal 1. Three-pointers (2)-Scarbrough 1 and Jones 1.
Oakdale saved their best offensive output for last. The Eagles scored a season-high 89 points in an 89-52 ambushing of Coalfield in District 4-A action Friday night on senior night.
Oakdale placed 11 players in the boxscore as they rolled to their largest margin of victory of the season.
"We just came out and things went our way tonight. Coalfield is a young team. (Ted) McKinney does a good job with them and they are a scrappy bunch," said Oakdale head coach Mike Barber.
Oakdale's Jordan Williams and Jesse Clark each connected from threeville in the opening minute of the game to set the tone. Barely three minutes into the game and the Eagles were up 16-2 as Andrew Hamby tallied four points. Less than two minutes later, Williams scored seven more points to help push the lead to 23-5. Coalfield's Adam Doughty and Dalton Roberts each hit a trey late in the first period to help slice the lead to 28-11.
The Jackets ran off a 12-3 surge to start the second period behind a pair of treys from three-point specialist Doughty to cut the lead to 31-23. Over the next five minutes, the Eagles put together a 17-2 run to build a 48-25 advantage as the freshmen duo of Josh Kilby and D.J. Currier scored 10 points between them to lead the charge. By the end of the half the Jackets were able to pull within 52-31.
Oakdale scored a 6-0 run to open the third period, but Coalfield's Doughty popped another trey to stop the surge at the 5:37 mark. The Eagles dominated the rest of the quarter as they went on a 19-3 rally to push the lead to 40 (77-37). Reid Cannon capped the quarter with a tip-in at the buzzer.
Coalfield managed to win the final quarter by a 15-12 count to slice the final margin to 89-52. Barber emptied his bench during the final eight minutes and Oakdale's Justin Johnson came through with two big shots as he knocked down a trey and then beat the buzzer with a baseline basket for the final points. Coalfield's Brock Keener hit two treys in the final period to highlight the offensive output for the Jackets.
Oakdale will travel to Wartburg this Thursday in the opening round of the District 4-A Tournament, while Coalfield goes up to Oneida for their first round encounter. Both games will tip-off at 7 p.m.
"In the second half I thought our first team played better team ball. I was very pleased with the second team for coming out and moving the ball and pressing hard. We needed to win this game so that we go out on a winning note and get us ready for the tournament. Wartburg is a dangerous team and we would like to show up and give them a game," Barber said.
The Eagles dominated the glass by a 57-26 margin and the registered 17 steals.
It was senior night for Oakdale's Kasey Perkins, Jordan Williams, Isaac Gibson and Jesse Clark.
"Senior night brings a lot of emotion to the team and a lot of emotion to the crowd. They (Oakdale) came out and played with their hearts on their sleeves and gave it all they've got. We came out of here with a win," said Barber.
Oakdale (8-17, 3-7 in District 4-A) was led by the scoring trio of Jordan Williams (20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists), Andrew Hamby (11 points, 11 boards) and Josh Kilby (10 points, 5 rebounds). Kasey Perkins (9 points, 6 rebounds), Jesse Clark (8 points, 7 boards), D.J. Currier (8 points, 4 rebounds), Isaac Gibson (7 points 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) and Clint Foster (7 points) all played well for OHS.
Coalfield (1-20, 0-10 in District 4-A) was led by the scoring quartet of Adam Doughty (13 points), Brock Keener (11 points, 6 rebounds), Jacob Powers (10 points, 3 assists) and Austin Hicks (10 points, 3 steals).
EAGLES (89): Jordan Williams 20, Andrew Hamby 11, Josh Kilby 10, Kasey Perkins 9, Jesse Clark 8, D.J. Currier 8, Clint Foster 7, Isaac Gibson 7, Justin Johnson 5, Reid Cannon 2 and Isaiah Turner 2. Three-pointers (7)-Williams 2, Clark 2, Foster 1, Gibson 1 and Johnson 1.
JACKETS (52): Adam Doughty 13, Brock Keener 11, Jacob Powers 10, Austin Hicks 10, Dalton Roberts 3, Luke Jackson 2, Adam Layne 2 and Taylor Newberry 1. Three-pointers (7)-Doughty 4, Keener 2 and Roberts 1.