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Strong second half leads Waves past Jackets

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

Tuesday night would see the Midway Green Waves and Lady Waves step out of district play to take on Coalfield at home.

Home court advantage paid off in the boys game as the Green Waves picked up an exciting 67-56 victory.

Home court, however, didn't matter in the girls game as the one-two punch of Coalfield’s Samantha Hamby and Alaina Jordan led the Lady Jackets to a 68-52 victory.

The Green Waves return to District 3-A play Friday night when they travel to Knoxville to take on Berean Christian School.

Girls Game

Samantha Hamby scored 25 points and Alaina Jordan added 22 in leading Coalfield to a 68-52 victory over Midway.

The Hamby/Jordan duo started strong as Jordan scored nine points in the first period while Hamby added five more in leading Coalfield to a 20-13 lead after eight minutes of play.

Alisa Barger led Midway in the opening period with five points while Halie Wiley and Hayley Roberson added four each.

Midway's defense improved in the second period of play and that allowed the Lady Waves to pull within 28-26 at halftime.

Roberson led the Midway charge in the second quarter with nine points.

Midway kept it close for much of the third quarter, but a tenacious Lady Jacket full court press began to take its toll as Coalfield pulled out to a 45-37 lead after three periods of play.

Hamby had a big quarter for Coalfield with 11 points.

Hamby and Jordan scored nine points each in the final period as Coalfield slowly pulled away for the 16-point victory.

Roberson led Midway on the night with 22 points while Wiley and Barger scored 10 points each.

Coalfield (68) Jordan 22, Hamby 25, McNeal 2, E. Foster 4, McNeal 2, A. Foster 9, Richardson 4.

Midway (52) Roberson 22, Wiley 10, Klinker 5, Bullard 4, West 1, Barger 10.

Boys Game

Powered by a 10-0 run in the third period and an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter, Midway picked up a 67-56 victory over Coalfield Tuesday night.

Midway also started strong as the Green Waves led 14-10 after eight minutes of play.

Thomas Viar and Matt Jarvis scored five points each for Midway in the opening quarter while Clay Clower chipped in four. Trevor Bogard paced the Yellow Jackets with four points.

Coalfield turned the game into more of a track meet in the second period and that allowed the Jackets to outscore Midway 18-10 in the frame and take a 28-24 lead at halftime.

Cody Duncan led Coalfield's second period charge with 10 points.

Coalfield held the lead for much of the third period, but the Green Waves would scored the final 10 points of the quarter to take a 38-33 lead into the final period of play.

Things tightened up early in the fourth period as Coalfield closed to within 44-43 when Dillon Wilson drove the lane with 5:12 left to play.

Midway answered eight seconds later with an old-fashioned three-point play from Clower then a bit of strange play 18 seconds later led to five more points for the Green Waves. Clower was fouled on a rebound then Coalfield was hit with a hard-to-believe technical foul for a player that untucked his shirt while heading to the bench after his fifth foul. By the time Midway finished with their free throws and scoring on their ensuing possession, the Green Waves held a 52-43 lead with 4:25 left to play.

Coalfield never got closer than six points down the stretch as Midway went on the 11-point victory.

Caleb Ruffner led Midway on the night with 15 points and five rebounds. Clower (14 points) and Jarvis (13 points, 3 assists) also scored in double figures for Midway while Viar led the Green Waves with six rebounds.

Duncan paced Coalfield with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists while Austin Hicks added 12 points off the bench. 

Ryan Hill (9 points, 8 rebounds) and Bogard (9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) also put up solid numbers for the Jackets.

Coalfield (56) Duncan 18, Wilson 6, Hill 9, Bogard 9, Hicks 12, Tinker 2.

 Midway (67) Jarvis 13, Parkison 9, Ruffner 15, Clower 14, Viar 7, Manning 3, Houser 6.