Midway celebrates big night with sweep of Greenback

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Branson, Rose, Wheaton inducted into Midway Hall of Fame

By Brownie Rose


The Midway Green Wave swept the season series against Greenback with a 57-35 win on Hall of Fame night Friday at Midway. 

In the night’s opening game, the Lady Waves earned a season split with the Lady Cherokees when they won what could only be termed a very strange game. After trailing at halftime, Midway pulled away for a 30-13 win over the Lady Cherokees.

In between the games, Midway High School inducted three new members into its hall of fame. Former head coaches Stan Branson, Glen Wheaton, and long time football announcer Ed Rose were inducted. 

Branson coached at Midway for 31 years while Wheaton coached for nearly 30 years. He was also principal at both Midway elementary and middle school. 

Rose was the football public address announcer for 27 of those years while Branson and Wheaton were coaching.

Girls Game

The strange part of the girls contest was neither team seemed to want to score, especially in the first half as Midway trailed 9-7 at intermission.

The second half was an even stranger one for the Lady Cherokees. They scored only four points, all on free throws in the fourth quarter.

Midway got a basket each from Abby Bertram and Jessie Lewis in the opening quarter as the game was tied at 4-4.

Midway picked up its third basket of the game in the second quarter from Kayla West while Whitney Colyer sank a free throw.

Bertram and Lexi Taylor began to take control in the third quarter. Taylor ripped a pair of treys and Bertram gunned in three hoops as the Lady Waves led 19-9 after three periods of play.

Taylor fired in two more hoops in the fourth quarter then Emily Richardson stuck in a  dagger when she stepped outside and popped in a trey. Bertram and Lewis scored a basket each and Midway walked away with an improbable 30-13 win.

Taylor and Bertram led Midway on the night with 10 points each.

Midway (30) Taylor 10, Bertram 10, Lewis 3, Richardson 3, West 2, Colyer 2. 

Boys Game

The Green Wave also survived a slow start to win going away, 57-35.

Midway led 13-6 at the end of one behind seven points from Shandon Lyle and two hoops from Jacob Cawood.

Cawood fired in nine points in the second quarter to give the Green Wave a 26-16 halftime lead. 

The big period for Midway was the third when they won it 18-3 to give them a 44-19 cushion heading into the fourth quarter. 

Lyle and Cawood again did most of the damage in the third with Cawood gunning in seven more points and Lyle adding six. Four of Lyle’s points came on free throws.

Cawood and Lyle scored one more basket each before coach Darrell Ruffner emptied the bench and cruised to the 22-point win.

Cawood (22 points) and Lyle (17 points) paced Midway on the night while Hunter Cope led Greenback with 14.

Midway (57) Cawood 22, Lyle 17, Moore 5, M. Woody 3, Edwards 3, Hashmi 2, J. Woody 2, Romines 2, Davidson 1.