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It was a tale of two halves Tuesday night for the Oliver Springs Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats against Oakdale as both teams played well in the first half only to falter down the stretch in suffering a sweep at the hands of the Eagles.
The Lady ‘Cats took the floor first and were tied at intermission, but a poor third quarter led to a 45-31 loss.
The boys game was even more frustrating for the Oliver Springs as the Bobcats led by as many as 21 points, 39-18, in the third quarter before Oakdale staged a furious rally in stealing a 46-45 victory.
Oliver Springs will look to rebound Friday night when they host Jellico in another District 4-A contest.
Coaches often say the first five minutes of the second half are the most important part of the game. That statement was true Tuesday as Oakdale opened the second half with a 14-0 run to break what was a 16-all tie at halftime.
The first quarter was a defensive battle as the two teams were tied at five after eight minutes of play. The second period was more of the same as the Lady ‘Cats and Lady Eagles were deadlocked at 16.
Oakdale’s Nicole Thompson was the only player that had a big first half, scoring 10 points. Maleah Murray led the way for Oliver Springs with five first half points.
While the first half was a slugfest, the third period was a knockout as Oakdale outscored Oliver Springs 20-4 in the frame to take a 36-20 lead into the final period of play.
Natalie McGill led Oakdale’s third period explosion with six points while Thompson added five.
Oliver Springs settled down and won the final period, but they were unable to make a run at the district-leading Lady Eagles.
Thompson led Oakdale on the night with 17 points and four rebounds while Lindsey Kilby added nine points, 12 boards, three assists and three steals.
Murray (9 points, 4 rebounds) and Katie Harvey (8 points, 4 steals) led the way for Oliver Springs.
Oakdale (45) Kilby 9, Redmon 8, Snow 5, Thompson 17, McGill 6.
Oliver Springs (31) Harvey 8, Carter 6, Murray 9, Davis 4, Ball 2, Martin 2.
When Oliver Springs built a 21-point lead during the third quarter of Tuesday’s game, it appeared that the Bobcats would pick up their first win of the season. Oakdale, however, refused to throw in the towel and the Eagles ended the game on a 28-6 run to pick up the one-point victory.
Oliver Springs came out hot Tuesday, scoring the game’s first 10 points and leading 19-4 after eight minutes of play. John Simms and Matt Henley led the early charge, scoring six points each.
Oakdale did settle down and play better in the second period, but the Eagles were unable to make a run at the Bobcats as Oliver Springs led 30-18 at intermission.
Oakdale’s Trenton Daugherty and Oliver Springs’ Taz Hanappi led all scorers in the second period with five points each.
Oliver Springs opened the third period with an 8-2 run to take a seemingly safe 39-18 lead, but that’s when Oakdale’s Tee Steinmetz caught fire. Steinmetz buried three straight three-pointers and scored 13 points in the frame as Oakdale closed the period on a 12-1 run to make the score 39-30 with eight minutes left to play.
Oakdale closed to within 39-34 early in the fourth period, but Oliver Springs seemed ready to regain control when Simms buried a triple to make the score 42-34.
Oakdale, however, answered with a 10-0 run and took their first lead (44-42)of the night when Josh Kilby scored with 1:47 left to play.
Oliver Springs answered with three free throws to take a 45-44 lead with 1:16 left, but that lead didn’t last as Steinmetz buried a pair of free throws with 49.3 seconds left to give the Eagles a 46-45 lead.
Oliver Springs turned the ball over on their next possession, but Oakdale couldn’t capitalize when they missed the front end of a one-and-one with 18.9 seconds left.
Oliver Springs had a chance to win on their next possession, but the Bobcats missed a shot from in close with five seconds left. Oliver Springs would have one last possession with 1.3 seconds left, but there would be no miracle ending for the Bobcats.
Simms led Oliver Springs on the night with 14 points and three steals while Henley added 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Michael Taylor added nine assists.
Steinmetz led Oakdale with 19 points while Tim Stewart added nine points and nine rebounds. D.J. Currier had eight assists.
Oakdale (46) Currier 4, Steinmetz 19, J. Kilby 4, A. Kilby 2, Daugherty 5, Stewart 9, Lindsay 3.
Oliver Springs (45) Romero 3, Hanappi 5, Sweet 4, Simms 14, McBee 4, Henley 10, Gann 5.