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The Midway Green Wave hosted the Rockwood Tigers Friday night in the first meeting this season between the two District 3-A and Roane County foes.
The teams will meet again on Monday, Feb. 11 at Rockwood to end the district and regular season schedule.
About the only team that had a good night Friday was the Lady Waves. Midway rolled to a 66-41 win, and won their fourth consecutive game to go 11-10 overall, 6-4 in District 3-A. Rockwood dropped to 6-15 with the loss and are 3-7 in the district.
The boys game was a grinding, plodding kind of night with Rockwood holding on for a 39-38 win. Two late free throws from Jared Breazeale sealed the win for Rockwood and improved them to 15-6 overall and 8-3 in District 3-A. Midway fell to 13-11 overall and 7-5 in the district.
It was also Hall of Fame night at Midway and they inducted two more members into the Hall. Former teacher, administrator, and coach M.F. Carter along with long-time boys coach and teacher at Midway, Stanley Galyon, were inducted posthumously into the Midway Hall of Fame.
The Lady Waves got off to a fast start with Alexis Taylor dropping in 11 first quarter points to put the Lady Waves up 14-6 at the end of one.
However, Midway would not get much separation till the second half as the Lady tigers hung close and trailed only 30-20 by halftime.
Shelbey Brackett fired in a trey and basket for Rockwood in the second while Kelsey Underhile added two hoops for the Lady Tigers.
Rachael Tuttle came off the bench to score five points for Midway in the second.
Midway pulled away with a 20-9 win in the third.
Abby Bertram (8 points) and Taylor Whitehead (5 points) led Midway in the period while Mckenzie Lee paced Rockwood in the third with a basket and two free throws.
Midway extended the lead to as much as 26 in the fourth before the bench took over.
Jessie Lewis scored two hoops and Alisa Barger bombed in a trey for the Lady Waves while Brackett gunned in a trey and Carson Evens added a basket and free throw for the Lady Tigers.
Rockwood (41) Cheek 11, Brackett 8, Lee 8, Evans 5, Underhile 4, Cates 3, Thompson 2.
Midway (66) Taylor 18, Bertram 13, Whitehead 8, Barger 8, Lewis 8, Tuttle 6, West 3, Richardson 2.
Midway scored only 15 points in the first three quarters, but still only trailed by eight heading into the fourth period.
Midway’s Caleb Ruffner pumped in back-to-back treys and added another basket in the fourth quarter to cut the Tiger lead to two. Clay Clower also added a trey and two for Midway in the period.
Rockwood doggedly held on behind six points from Hayden Freels in the fourth, but it would take two free throws from Breazeale to give Rockwood a four-point lead with 2.6 seconds left to give the Tigers the win.
Midway’s Christian Moore hit an unchallenged trey at the buzzer to cut the final margin to one.
Through the first four minutes of the game, the two teams had far more turnovers and fouls than points. Clower had an early basket, but both teams combined for four fouls and as about as many turnovers in the early first quarter.
Midway led 5-4 at the end of one thanks to a three-pointer from Adam Houser.
Freels and Jay Tilley scored the Tiger baskets in the first period.
Breazeale got the Tigers rolling in the second when he scored eight points on a trey, two hoops and a free throw.
Rockwood led 18-10 at the break.
All five Midway points in the second came from Jacob Cawood on two hoops and a free throw.
Both teams went back in a scoring funk in the third. Clower hit a trey and Cawood scored a hoop to momentarily cut the Tiger lead to 18-15.
Rockwood responded to the challenge with baskets from Malcolm Springs and Colby Turner. Freels added a free throw to put Rockwood back up by eight at the end of the third.
Ruffner and Clower got Midway back into the game, and along with five more points from Cawood, Midway cut the Tiger lead to two twice in the quarter.
Other than Breazeale and Freels, Rockwood got three points each from Hunter Grant and Springs in the final quarter.
Midway (38) Cawood 12, Ruffner 10, Clower 10, Houser 3, Moore 3.
Rockwood (39) Breazeale 12, Freels 11, Springs 7, Grant 5, Tilley 2, Turner 2.