Bobcats split with Tigers

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By Brian Langley

A pair of District 4-A cat fights took place when Oliver Springs invaded Sunbright Friday night. When the final horn had sounded, the two schools settled on a split in their hardwood encounters. 

Oliver Springs won the girls game by a 39-19 count while The Tigers notched a 56-46 victory in the boys contest. 

Girls Game

With only a six-point lead heading into the final quarter, Oliver Springs used a 14-0 shutout in the final eight minutes to take home the 39-19 win.

Sunbright led 6-2 late in the first quarter with Sarah Sexton scoring all six points. The Lady Bobcats responded with an 8-0 run over the final 2:13 of the quarter for a 10-6 advantage. Sarah Davis scored all eight points. 

After Oliver Springs went up 12-6 on a Leigha Carter basket, the Lady Tigers went on a 7-2 surge to close the gap to 14-13 with Hannah McWhorter drilling a trey and Amber Kennedy scoring two hoops. Each team hit a free throw during the final two minutes of the half to give O.S. a 15-14 lead at the break. 

Oliver Springs' Katie Fitch hit a three-pointer to start the third quarter scoring and finished the period with a trey to give her team a 25-19 lead with only one quarter left.

During the final eight minutes, Fitch and Bethany Fowler each drained a trey to highlight a 14-0 fourth quarter and push the final margin of victory to 39-19.

Oliver Springs was led by the scoring trio of Katie Fitch (9 points, 4 steals), Sarah Davis (8 points, 6 rebounds) and Maleah Murray (8 points).

The Lady Tigers were paced by the senior duo of Amber Kennedy (8 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals) and Sarah Sexton (8 points, 4 boards). 

Oliver Springs (39)  Fitch 9, Murray 8, Davis 8, Carter 4, Fowler 3, Christopher 2, Ball 2, Jenkins 2, Giles 1. 

Boys Game

Sophomore guard Kyle Gunter fired in a game-high 23 points to lead Sunbright to a 56-46 win over Oliver Springs in the first district game for both teams this season.

The Tigers came out red hot in the opening quarter. They hit three treys in the opening three minutes to propel them to a quick 12-0 lead with Gunter hitting two and Tyler Seabolt knocking one down. 

Oliver Springs finally got on the board with Taz Hanappi hitting a shot at the 4:25 mark of the first quarter. The Bobcats closed the gap to 18-10 before the Tigers went on a 7-0 flurry in the final 30 seconds of the period for a 25-10 lead with Gunter scoring two straight baskets and Seabolt burying a trey right before the buzzer.

Sunbright used an 11-4 edge during the second quarter to take a 36-14 lead into the locker room. Matthew Bakker and David Henes each scored four points in the second period to lead the Tigers.

Seabolt hit a basket with 5:04 left in the third quarter to put Sunbright ahead 41-17. From that point on, Oliver Springs started to chip away at the 24-point deficit. They went on an 11-2 run (John Simms scored four points) before Gunter scored the last basket of the quarter to push the lead to 45-28.

The Bobcats got as close as eight on a couple of occasions during the final quarter and used an 18-11 edge in the final period to shave the final deficit to 56-46. Hanappi, Cary Gann and Simms each hit a three-pointer in the final quarter to lead the rally.    

Sunbright was powered by the 1-2 sophomore punch of Gunter (23 points) and Seabolt (14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals).

The Bobcats were led by Brady Sweet (11 points, 9 rebounds), Matt Henley (11 points, 8 boards) and Taz Hanappi (8 points, 3 rebounds). 

 Oliver Springs (46) Henley 11, Sweet 11, Hanappi 8,  Romero 6, Simms 5, Gann 3, Taylor 2.