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Wartburg’s Makayla Poland put up 19 points for the Wartburg Central Middle School Lady Bulldogs en route to a 43-29 win over the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats Monday night.
Wartburg took an early 7-2 run to start thing off with Poland scoring four of the seven points during the swing. At the end of the first period, the score was 10-6 in favor of the Lady 'Dogs with Poland (6 points) leading Wartburg in scoring.
Wartburg outscored the Lady 'Cats 8-5 in period number two to take an 18-11 halftime lead.
Poland (8 points) led Wartburg at the half while Kinley Green (4 points) led the Lady 'Cats in scoring.
Wartburg jumped out to a 24-13 lead at one point in the third period before Oliver Springs whittled the deficit down to 27-19 going into the final stanza.
Poland (15 points) still led the Lady 'Dogs while Morgan Hackworth (8 points) led the Lady 'Cats in scoring.
Oliver Springs could never get any closer in the closing period as a 10-3 run down the stretch by the Lady 'Dogs cemented the 43-29 triumph.
Poland (19 points, 6 boards) paced the Lady 'Dogs in scoring with Haylee Luttrell (8 points, 9 steals, 5 boards), Lauren Farmer (7 points) and Madison Holley (6 boards) also playing well for Wartburg.
Oliver Springs was led in scoring by Morgan Hackworth (10 points, 6 boards, 6 steals) and Taylor Bradshaw (6 points, 6 boards). Ashley Armstrong (5 points, 5 boards), Brooklyn Jones (5 boards) and Keeley McDonald (5 steals) also played well in defeat.
Oliver Springs (29) Hackworth 10, Bradshaw 6, Armstrong 5, Green 4, McDonald 2, Buck 2.
Wartburg (43) Poland 19, Luttrell 8, Farmer 7, Jones 4, Hurtt 3, Holley 2.
For three periods, Oliver Springs hung tough with the Wartburg Central Middle School Bulldogs, but a 14-1 final period pretty much quashed all hopes of a Bobcat upset as the Bulldogs took a 47-29.
Oliver Springs fans were left wondering "who let the dogs out" following a dominant 13-4 first period where Kirk Harlan (7 points) paced all scorers in the period for Wartburg while Landon Everett (3 points) led the way for the 'Cats on offense early on.
Wartburg started period number two on a 10-4 tilt to take a 23-8 lead, but the 'Cats staged a mini 7-2 rally to go into the half down 25-15.
Dillon Fountain scored all of the Bulldogs 12 points in the second period as Oliver Springs was led on offense at the half by Keigan White and Kaden Armes (4 points a piece).
Oliver Springs would scratch and claw their way back into contention with a 12-6 third period to get within 32-28. Fountain (18 points) still led Wartburg with Garrett Andrews (7 points) pacing the purple and gold team.
But if Oliver Springs entertained any hope of an upset, a decisive 14-1 final period in favor of Wartburg pretty much ended those hopes as Harlan and Fountain (4 points a piece) led the Bulldogs in scoring down the stretch en route to the 47-29 win.
Fountain (22 points, 8 boards, 5 steals) was gushing out points en route to leading the Wartburg offense along with Harlan (13 points, 6 boards).
Ashton Hambright (7 boards) also played well in the win.
Oliver Springs was led by Andrews (7 points), Everett (7 points, 9 boards), and White (6 points, 6 boards).
Oliver Springs (29) Andrews 7, Everett 7, White 6, Armes 4, Farr 3, Melton 2.
Wartburg (46) Fountain 22, Harlan 13, Davidson 3, Smith 2, Constant 2, Branstetter 2, Hambright 2.