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The 2013-14 season came to a close for the Midway Green Wave Friday night when they lost in the first round of the District 3-A Tournament at Tellico Plains, 65-57.
The Green Wave had everything under control until the third quarter. Midway led by five at the end of the first quarter and held the 5-point lead at halftime, but Tellico Plains came out smoking in the third quarter. The Bears scored 13 unanswered points and changed the momentum of the game.
The Bears won the third quarter 23-7 and they hung on in the fourth period despite a 29-point quarter for Midway to end the game.
Junior forward Jacob Cawood led Midway in the first quarter with 10 of the 12 points scored. Senior Christian Moore scored the other basket for Midway in the first to put them up 12-7 at the end of the period.
Midway held the 5-point lead in the second with Zack Edwards scoring three points. Mason Woody, Cawood and Cameron Hashmi added two points each to leave Midway up 21-16 at halftime.
The third quarter was a disaster for the Green Waves. Tellico Plains’ Devin Collier and Dakota Rhinehart led the 13-0 start and they continued the run till the end of the period. Collier scored nine in the quarter and Rhinehart added seven points including a half court 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Midway was dazed early in the period, but began to battle back with Cawood scoring two hoops and senior Shandon Lyle added three points.
Lyle was battling foul problems and had three by halftime. He picked up his fourth foul in the third quarter and then fouled out early in the fourth period.
Down 39-28 at the start of the fourth quarter, Midway did rally and they cut the Tellico Plains lead to six twice, but couldn't get any closer.
Cawood pounded down nine more points. Moore hit two baskets and two free throws before fouling out late in the game. Edwards scored five points while Woody added a trey and basket.
Senior Justin Dutton replaced Lyle and scored four points.
Tellico Plains hung on with Rhinehart scoring two hoops and four free throws. Collier added three baskets and a free throw.
The finals stats were comparable with Midway scoring 19 2-point baskets and three 3-pointers. Tellico Plains hit 20 2-point hoops and three treys.
But as it so often the case, the biggest difference was at the free-throw line. Tellico Plains hit 15 of its 26 free throw attempts while Midway was 10-of-23 at the stripe.
Rhinehart scored 21 to lead Tellico Plains with Collier right behind with 20 points. Colton Carter added 12 points.
Cawood led all scorers on the night with 25.
Midway (57) Cawood 25, Moore 8, Edwards 8, Woody 7, Dutton 4, Lyle 3, Hashmi 2.