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By BRIAN LANGLEY
Morgan County News
COALFIELD – Oakdale swept through Coalfield and came home with a pair of District 4-A basketball wins last Friday.
The Lady Eagles enjoyed a 45-38 win over Coalfield in a game that Oakdale overcame poor free throw shooting.
Oakdale overcame an early deficit and took home a 67-51 victory over the Jackets.
Fred Snow’s Oakdale team only hit 6 of 23 free throws, but were able to hold Coalfield to only six field goals in the second half as they earned a 45-38 victory to improve to 2-1 in the district.
“Six of twenty-three from the free throw line, usually, when you’re playing as good a team as Coalfield, you are looking at a loss. We were fortunate. We made some plays and hit some big shots at the right time in the fourth quarter to be able to win the game,” explained Oakdale head coach Fred Snow.
“I think the key came down at the end, we were able to get stops on the defensive end. It was a team victory. There was just a lot of determination defensively there at the end.”
Oakdale (6-1, 2-1 in District 4-A) held a 38-34 advantage on the boards and blocked six shots on their way to their fourth win of the season on the road.
Oakdale took a quick 3-0 lead when Rachel Ruppe knocked down the first shot of the game eight seconds into the contest. Coalfield’s Olivia Scarbrough answered with a two-pointer, but the Lady Eagles responded with a 6-2 surge with Shaina O’Dell scoring two hoops inside to help build a 9-4 lead halfway through the opening quarter. The Lady Jackets scored six straight points, including the last four by Alaina Jordan to take a 10-9 lead. Oakdale’s O’Dell ended the first quarter scoring with a basket to give her team a one-point lead.
During the second period, the game was tightly contested as neither team led by more than four and there was five ties. By the time the half-time horn sounded, Coalfield led 24-23 as Jordan and Danielle Elsea combined to score 12 of their team’s 14.
The third quarter proved to be a three-point barrage for the Lady Eagles as they dropped in three from beyond the arc. Korin Pease and Whitney Snow each hit a trey early and Morgan Byrge drained a long-range shot at the buzzer to give Oakdale a 34-31 lead with one quarter left.
Coalfield’s Jordan tied the game at 34 early in the fourth with a three-pointer of her own. Oakdale took control of the game during the next six minutes with a 9-2 run (O’Dell tallied six points) to give them a 43-36 advantage with under a minute to play. Elsea hit a deuce to slice the lead to five, but Oakdale’s Byrge and Ruppe each cashed in a freebie to push the final margin to 45-38.
“Having a game here at Coalfield and being able to win it was a great situation tonight, a lot of fans on both sides were cheering their teams on and it was wonderful to be able to get a victory,” Snow remarked.
The Lady Eagles were led by the 1-2 senior punch of Shaina O’Dell (14 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocked shots) and Rachel Ruppe (11 points, 4 boards). Korin Pease (9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists) and Morgan Byrge (7 points, 8 rebounds) each played a big role in the win.
“We’ve been working on offense a lot, trying to get where we hit those outside shots, because a lot of people just want to guard us inside and not let Shaina (O’Dell) get the ball. We were fortunate to hit some of those three tonight,” said Snow.
Last Tuesday, Oakdale went to Midway and earned a 53-32 win with Korin Pease firing in a game-high 21 points to lead the way. Shaina O’Dell added 14 points.
Coalfield (8-2, 1-1 in District 4-A) was paced by the scoring duo of Alaina Jordan (15 points, 9 rebounds) and Olivia Scarbrough (10 points, 6 boards). Danielle Elsea (8 points, 8 rebounds) and Meredith Newberry (5 points, 3 boards) were the only other two that scored for the Lady Jackets.
Last Monday, Coalfield needed overtime to pull out a 74-68 win over Monterey with freshman Alaina Jordan pumping in a career-high 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge. Chelsey Landrum (17 points) and Olivia Scarbrough (13 points) both reached double figures in the victory.
The next night, the Lady Jackets suffered their first loss of the year at Sequoyah as they fell 43-27. Danielle Elsea (9) and Leah Stedam (8) paced Coalfield.
LADY EAGLES (45): Shaina O’Dell 14, Rachel Ruppe 11, Korin Pease 9, Morgan Byrge 7, Whitey Snow 3 and Fancy Gibson 1. Three-pointers (5) – Ruppe 2, Pease 1, Byrge 1 and Snow 1.
LADY JACKETS (38): Alaina Jordan 15, Olivia Scarbrough 10, Danielle Elsea 8 and Meredith Newberry 5. Three-pointers (2) - Jordan 1 and Newberry 1.
Oakdale’s scoring duo of Isaac Gibson and Jordan Williams got very offensive at Coalfield Friday night. The senior twosome combined for 46 points to help lead the Eagles (2-5, 1-2 in District 4-A) to the 67-51 road win over the Jackets.
The Eagles dominated the backboards by a 56-40 edge to help them secure their second win of the week.
“These two wins build some momentum heading into Christmas and gives our boys some confidence,” explained Oakdale head coach Mike Barber.
The loss kept Coalfield winless at 0-8 and 0-2 in the district.
“We’re 0-8, but our kids still practice like we’re 8-0. They’re still working hard to get better and we’re pushing for that first win,” said Coalfield head coach Ted McKinney.
“We’re still working to get better. Right now, we’re playing two quarters of basketball. Earlier in the year it was only one quarter we were playing. Right now, I’m trying to push for that third and fourth quarter.”
Oakdale’s Andrew Hamby scored a pair of quick baskets to help the visitors to a 5-5 tie, however, Coalfield ripped off a 9-0 run (Taylor Newberry fired in seven points) during the next four minutes to build a 14-5 advantage with 2:24 left in the first quarter. The Eagles closed the opening period with a 6-0 rush to close the gap to 14-11.
Coalfield’s Brock Keener hit a trey and Newberry added a deuce to stretch the lead to 19-11 to start the second quarter, but the Eagles came back with an impressive 11-0 surge over the next four minutes to gain a 22-19 lead. The final three minutes of the half turned into a see-saw affair with the lead being changed twice, including Oakdale’s Jesse Clark giving his team the half-time advantage with a trey to make it 28-26.
“We were up 14-5 and they (Oakdale) changed defense on us and it was just like we didn’t know what a basketball was. They went to a 1-3-1 and our kids just folded there for a few minutes. The next thing we know, we’re down a couple of minutes and having to play trail basketball,” said McKinney.
The Eagles scored the initial four points of the third quarter to build a six-point lead, but Coalfield was able to get as close as 33-30 with 5:51 left in the period. Oakdale’s Isaac Gibson scored back-to-back baskets to spark an 8-2 run to push the lead to 41-32. Coalfield’s Newberry scored five points in a just over a minute to help the hosts pull within 43-39. The Eagles used two points each from Gibson and Jordan Williams to give them a 47-39 advantage with one quarter to play.
The Jackets got as close as five on two separate occasions, but Oakdale used a crucial 9-1 run (Gibson tallied seven points) midway during the fourth quarter to pull away and build a 61-47 lead. The Eagles then finished the game with a 6-4 edge to push the final margin of victory to 67-51.
“Coalfield is a scrappy team. They get after it and we’re fortunate to come out of here with a win. I think the speed of the game helped us towards the end,” Barber added.
Oakdale was led by the 1-2 scoring punch of Isaac Gibson (24 points, 6 rebounds) and Jordan Williams (22 points, 11 boards, 4 steals). Isaiah Turner (3 rebounds) and Andrew Hamby each added 4 points.
“This was Jordan’s best game. He stayed composed the whole game,” said Barber.
Earlier in the week, the Eagles went to Midway and secured a 49-35 victory. Isaac Gibson tossed in 10 to lead Oakdale.
The Jackets were led by Taylor Newberry’s team-high 23 points and 5 rebounds. The trio of freshmen of Austin Hicks (8 points, 3 rebounds), Haven Williams (5 points, 7 rebounds) and Jacob Powers (5 points) each had a solid game for Coalfield.
“Taylor (Newberry) stepped up tremendously for us. I thought that our freshmen, particularly, Haven Williams, Austin Hicks, and Jacob Powers played well,” said McKinney.
Last Monday the Jackets suffered 56-45 loss to Monterey. Taylor Newberry fired in 17 to lead Coalfield. The very next night, Coalfield traveled to Sequoyah and lost a 66-39 decision. Dalton Roberts tossed in 11 to pace the Jackets, including three trifectas.
EAGLES (67): Isaac Gibson 24, Jordan Williams 22, Andrew Hamby 4, Isaiah Turner 4, Jesse Clark 3, Kasey Perkins 3, Clint Foster 2, Josh Kilby 2 and Reid Cannon 2. Three-pointers (3) - Williams 2 and Clark 1.
JACKETS (51): Taylor Newberry 23, Austin Hicks 8, Haven Williams 5, Jacob Powers 5, Brock Keener 3, Dalton Roberts 3, Cody Duncan 2 and Blake Farmer 2. Three-pointers (4) - Newberry 2, Keener 1 and Roberts 1.