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O.S. beats Oakdale in Dist. 4-A games

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By The Staff

By BRIAN LANGLEY

Morgan County News

    OAKDALE—Both Oliver Springs basketball teams looked to stay on top of the District 4-A standings when they traveled to Oakdale Tuesday in a pair of district battles.

    The Oliver Springs teams remained unbeaten in District 4-A play at 2-0 each, but it took strong fourth quarter efforts to pull out of tight games to get the road wins.

    A 19-5 run over the final seven minutes of the game allowed the Lady Bobcats earn a 54-40 win over Oakdale, while the Bobcats used a 20-4 fourth quarter edge to take home a 51-34 victory in boys action.

                GIRLS GAME    

    Most pre-season pollsters have the Kayla Christopher-led Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats as heavy favorites in District 4-A, while those same folks have Fred Snow’s young Oakdale team at the bottom of the district.

    However, Oakdale gave the Lady Bobcats a big scare up into the fourth quarter before the visitors pulled away for the 54-40 win.

    “I was pleased with how we played. We played a really good ball team, a team that has gone toe-to-toe with Clarkrange and Jackson County already. I thought we held our own pretty well,” explained Oakdale Lady Eagle basketball coach Fred Snow.

    Oakdale’s 2-3 zone slowed down Christopher, a UTC signee, to a season-low 6 points, on just 2 of 12 shooting, and allowed them to stay in the game well into the final period.

    After falling behind early, Oakdale climbed back to tie the game at ten and Natalie McGill scored a long-range three-pointer at the buzzer, that rattled around the rim a couple of times before it dropped in to give her team a 13-10 lead after one.

    During the first quarter, Oakdale senior Korin Pease hit a free throw to give her 1,000 points in her career.

    “I had no idea I scored 1,000 points, but I’m excited now,” said Pease.

    Snow praised the effort of his senior leader.

    “Korin has started since she was a freshman. She has developed and continued to improve. She has to play well and she knows that. I have challenged her and she has accepted the challenge. In all of the games we have played, she has played very well and I’m really proud of her,” offered Snow.

    Oliver Springs appeared to take control of the game with a 13-3 edge in the second quarter to take a 23-16 lead into the locker room as Brittany Lively scored six points to pace the Lady Bobcats during the second quarter. Pease scored three points in the second quarter to account for all of Oakdale’s points.

    The Lady Eagles caught fire from three-point range during the third quarter and hit four treys (Pease and McGill each knocked down two) to close the gap to 35-32 with one quarter left. Chelsey Harper hit two of her own to keep O.S. In the lead.

    Oakdale’s Amber Snow drained a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter and tied the game at 35. However, the Lady Bobcats would close the game with a 19-5 rush to pull out a 54-40 victory over a determined Oakdale team. During the fourth quarter, Oliver Springs hit 9 of 13 free throws to help seal the deal.          

    “I hope we continue to mature and continue improve and get better. I told the girls tonight that even though we lost this game that I thought it was a milestone that we come in here and played with this team (Oliver Springs) for well into the fourth quarter. That was a sign of maturing and improving and we just want to keep on doing that,” said Snow.

    The Lady Bobcats used a 16-3 edge in made free throws to help them secure the road win. O.S. also held a slim 38-36 edge in rebounds.

    Oliver Springs was led by the scoring trio of Kelsey Hall (15 points, 7 steals, 4 rebounds), Brittany Lively (10 pointy, 4 boards) and Mariah Ollis (9 points, 11 rebounds). Chelsey Harper (5 rebounds), Kayla Christopher (3 steals) and Kasi Bilyeu each chipped in 6 points.

    “Kelsey Hall played really well and got the ball to the basket well. Chelsey Harper hit a couple of really beautiful threes with somebody in her face,” said Snow.

    The Lady Eagles (6-1, 0-1 in District 4-A) was paced by Korin Pease’s game-high 20 points and 12 rebounds. Natalie McGill (9 points, 5 rebounds), Lindsey Kilby (4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals) and Amber Snow (3 points, 8 rebounds) played well for Oakdale.

    “I think we did pretty good, we hung with them (Oliver Springs). In the fourth quarter we started missing shots and we got tired,” said Pease.

    LADY BOBCATS (54): Kelsey Hall 15, Brittany Lively 10, Mariah Ollis 9, Chelsey Harper 6, Kayla Christopher 6, Kasi Bilyeu 6 and Hannah Raby 2. Three-pointers (2)—Harper 2.

    LADY EAGLES (40): Korin Pease 20, Natalie McGill 9, Lindsey Kilby 4, Amber Snow 3, Marissa Redmon 2 and Fancy Gibson 2. Three-pointers (7)—Pease 3, McGill 3 and Snow 1.

BOYS GAME

    Just like their female counterparts, Oliver Springs needed a strong fourth quarter push to put away Oakdale 51-34.

    Only up 31-30 with one quarter left, the Bobcats used a 20-4 run over the final eight minutes to roll up the 17-point win.

    The two teams were dead even at 10 after one quarter of action. Sean Richardson (8) led Oliver Springs, while Clint Foster (6) led Oakdale, with both players each hitting a pair of treys during the first period.

    The Bobcats took a 9-5 advantage in the second quarter to give them a 19-15 edge at the break with Richardson scoring five points.

    Oakdale came out in the third quarter and outscored O.S. 15-12 to pull within 31-30. Foster and Currier each scored five points for the Eagles during the third period.

    Like the girls, Oakdale’s offense faltered during the final frame and they only hit one field goal (Foster hit a deuce) during the final eight minutes. Meanwhile, the Bobcats used eight points by Rather in the final frame to help close out the 51-34 win over the Eagles.

    Oliver Springs made the most of their 8 three-pointers and used 16 steals to get the big district win on the road.

    Sean Richardson (21 points, 5 rebounds) and Wesley Rather (15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals) led the ‘Cats (6-2, 2-0 in District 4-A). Tyler Carter added 8 points, 10 boards and 3 blocks.

    The Eagles (1-5, 0-1 in District 4-A) were paced by Clint Foster’s 13 points and 10 rebounds. D.J. Currier (7 points, 8 rebounds), Dylan Chapman (6 points, 5 rebounds) and Alex Human (5 points, 10 boards) helped Oakdale’s attack.   

    BOBCATS (51): Sean Richardson 21, Wesley Rather 15, Tyler Carter 8, Garrett Miller 5 and Rue Eskridge 2. Three-pointers (8)—Richardson 5, Rather 2 and Miller 1.    

    EAGLES (34): Clint Foster 13, D.J. Currier 7, Dylan Chapman 6, Alex Human 5, Josh Kilby 2 and Jacob Pease 1. Three-pointers (3)—Foster 2 and Currier 1.

    Oakdale travels to Monterey Thursday and will return home against Midway on Friday.