Rockwood, Midway battle in middle school action

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By Brownie Rose

The Rockwood Middle Tigers and the Midway Middle Green Waves played Monday night.
In the boys game, the Tigers and Green Waves turned in a barn burner that Midway pulled out in overtime, 46-42.
In the opening girls game, Rockwood pulled away for a 35-11 win over the Lady Waves.
Both teams will be in action again on Monday as Midway travels to Lenoir City while Rockwood hosts Wartburg.
Girls Game
Rockwood head coach Jeff Allen may have broke a little sweat in the first half against Midway. His Lady Tigers missed a lot of shots and led only 8-2 at the end of one.
Lexie Hill scored every point for Rockwood in the quarter while the rest of the Lady Tigers were getting their feet under them.
Two free throws from Caitlyn Ross were the only points Midway could muster in the opening quarter.
Rockwood won the second quarter, 9-2, to take a 17-4 lead into halftime.
Olivia Metcalfe led Rockwood with five points in the period while Hannah Schultz scored for Midway.
Allen’s Lady Tigers found the range in the third and won the frame 14-4 to blow the game open.
Lexie Hill, Zoie Hill and Karla Bowling scored two hoops each in the period to put the Lady Tigers up 31-8 at the end of three.
Schultz and Micah Shirran scored a basket each for the Lady Waves.
Rockwood won the fourth quarter 4-3 as Allen emptied the bench.
Bowling scored both Rockwood baskets in the fourth.
Rockwood (35) L. Hill 14, Bowling 8, Metcalfe 7, Z. Hill 4, Evans 2.
Midway (11) Schultz 6, Ross 2, Shirran 2, West 1.
Boys Game
Rockwood won the first and last quarters of the game, but Midway won the middle two quarters and that led to a 38-all tie at the end of regulation. Midway put together an 8-4 overtime period advantage to get the 46-42 win over the Tigers.
Rockwood head coach Bryan Powers had everything going his way in the opening quarter as Ryan McCain scored seven points to help the Tigers grab an 12-5 lead at the end of one.
Justin O'Toole's Green Wave rallied with a 14-9 win in the second quarter to close to within two, 21-19, by halftime.
Jake Woody found his shooting touch in the period, scoring 12 of Midway’s 14 points.
Jackson Hicks scored five to lead the Tigers in the period.
Rockwood’s starting posts got into foul trouble in the third period as Midway roared past the Tigers, winning the third period 15-6 to lead 34-27 with six minutes left to play.
Skyan Lyle came off the bench to rip a pair of three-pointers and scored a basket while Davidson pounded down two hoops for Midway in the frame.
Colton Nuckols scored four points to keep the Tigers close heading into the final period.
Both Rockwood posts fouled out in the final period, but Hicks and Zander Price rallied the Tigers. Hicks bombed in a trey and scored a basket. Price scored two hoops, including a basket to put Rockwood back in front 38-36.
Woody hit two free throws with 2:08 left to play to tie the game at 38.
Both teams missed several shots in the last two minutes as the game went to overtime.
In the overtime period, Rockwood scored first on a basket from Price then Woody answered with a hoop to tie it at 40.
Nuckols gunned in a basket for the Tigers, but Midway’s Lyle ripped a trey, his third of the game, to put Midway up 43-42.Woody scored later for Midway to put them up 45-42.
Rockwood had several chances to tie the game down the stretch, but they couldn’t get a shot to fall before Midway sealed the deal with a late free throw.
Rockwood (42) Hicks 13, McCain 7, Price 6, Campbell 6, Nichols 6, Neerman 2, Gaus 2.
Midway (46) Woody 21, Lyle 11, Davidson 7, Narramore 3, Fowler 2, Romines 2.