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The Tellico Plains Lady Bears used 30 team steals to cruise to a 70-21 win over the Midway Lady Waves Monday night.
Tellico Plains had a 10-2 stretch at one point in the opening period to take an 18-7 advantage into the second period. A 12-2 surge at one point stretched the lead to 36-16 at halftime.
A 22-3 third period and a 12-2 final period would make the eventual final score 70-21.
Midway had a 34-30 edge on the boards, but lost in team steals, 30-5.
The Lady Bears were led by Jessi Parson (22 points, 6 steals), Kristan Moses (10 points), Storyie Miller (10 points, 7 steal, 5 assists) and Sarah McKinnon (9 points, 7 boards).
Midway was led in defeat by Hayley Roberson (7 points, 8 boards), and Alisa Barger (5 points).
Darian Shultz (8 boards) and Allyson Klinker (5 boards) each played well in defeat.
Midway (21) Roberson 7, Barger 5, Klinker 4, West 2, Wiley 2, Bullard 1.
Despite the hot three-point shooting of Matt Jarvis, the Midway Green Wave could not overcome a 13-5 gap in team steals Monday night, falling to the Tellico Plains Bears, 56-47.
Midway started off with a 9-2 run before the Bears drew to within 11-7 at the end of the first period. A 17-5 tilt by the Bears through most of period number two made the score 26-18 at halftime in favor of the Bears.
Tellico Plains seemed poise to blow the game away with a 11-5 run to take the lead to 37-23. But the Waves, in the words of Lee Corso said "Not so fast, my friends," to the thoughts of a Tellico Plains runaway, and used clutch three-point shooting to go on a 13-4 tilt to close out the period trailing 41-36.
Midway got within three points early in the final period, but faded down the stretch as the Bears took the 56-47 win.
Midway had a 28-25 tilt on the boards and an 8-1 three-point shooting advantage, but lost in team steals 13-5.
Tellico Plains was led by Eric Craft (19 points, 8 boards), Preston Russell (18 points, 8 boards, 5 assists, and Robert Vandervort (10 points).
Midway was led on offense by Matt Jarvis (20 points, 6 three-pointers), Josh Manning (11 points, 5 boards), and Thomas Viar (6 points, 10 boards, 5 assists).
Midway (47) Jarvis 20, Manning 11, Viar 6, Clower 5, Ruffner 3, Parkison 2.