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By BRODY JONES
The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats hosted Midway Thursday evening and the host team left happy as both the Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats picked up victories.
The evening opened with Oliver Springs picking up a 36-15 victory in the girls game then the Bobcat boys completed the sweep with a 48-40 victory.
For a half, Coach Mike Hayes and his Midway Lady Waves stood toe-to-toe with the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats, but the Lady ‘Cats used a 21-6 second half advantage to break out their surfboards and ride the Lady Waves to a 36-15 victory.
In the opening period, Oliver Springs used a 10-2 run to help give them a 10-6 lead at the close of the opening period.
Both teams played stout defense in the second period with Midway holding Oliver Springs to a mere five points, but Coach Julie Parham and her defense held the Lady Waves to three points to take a 15-9 lead into the half.
Whatever was said in the confides of the locker room to the Lady ‘Cats must have motivated them because they went out to a 13-2 run during the third period to take a 28-11 lead with one lone period left to play.
The game closed out with Oliver Springs outscoring the Lady Waves 8-4 to take the 36-15 win.
Oliver Springs owned a 21-18 edge on the boards and a 22-10 edge in the turnover department.
The leading scorers for Oliver Springs were Leigha Carter with 12 points, Kat Potter with seven points, and Kelsey Christopher with six points and six steals.
Midway was led by Haley Roberson with seven points and six boards.
Oliver Springs (36) Carter 12, Potter 7, Christopher 6, Giles 4, Ball 3, Barger 2, Armstrong 2.
Midway (15) Roberson 7, Patterson 4, Klinker 2, Roberts 2.
The paying customers at Oliver Springs got their money’s worth Thursday night as the Oliver Springs Bobcats had to fight off a determined group of young men from “South Of The River” for a 48-40 win.
The action tipped off with Midway taking an early 4-1 lead, but the Bobcats went on a 10-1 run to take the lead at the end of the first period by a slim 13-11 margin.
Things picked up in the second period as Midway outscored the Bobcats by a 13-11 margin to tie the game up at 24-24 when both teams went to the locker room.
Both teams scored 10 points in the third period and the game went into the final period tied at 34-34.
The game was still neck-and-neck for much of the final period, but the Bobcats scratched and clawed their way to an 8-0 run to close out the game with the final score being 48-40.
Both teams had 11 turnovers, but Oliver Springs edged the Waves on the boards by a 29-21 margin.
The Bobcats were led by the lethal scoring combination of Garrett Miller with 14 points, 11 boards, five steals and five blocked shots plus Jordan Romero had 13 points with six boards and a blocked shot.
Logan Crisp had nine points while Matthew Box had six points for Oliver Springs.
The Waves were led by Thomas Viar’s 14 points plus six boards and Dillon Davidson with 11 points plus five boards and five steals.
Also having a solid outing for Midway was Matt Jarvis with nine points.
Oliver Springs (48) Miller 14, Romero 13, Crisp 9, Box 6, Efferson 4, Morgan 2.
Midway (40) Viar 14, Davidson 11, Jarvis 9, Ruffner 3, Clower 3.