Midway Middle splits with Oliver Springs

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By Goose Lindsay

The Midway Middle School Green Waves traveled to Oliver Springs Monday night and split a pair of games with the Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats.

The Lady ‘Cats opened the evening with a convincing 40-26 victory over Midway. Midway then got their revenge in the nightcap game as they picked up a 51-27 victory over the Bobcats.

The Bobcats and Green Waves are now off until the Area 2 AA Tournament starts Monday at Harriman.

Girls Game

The Lady ‘Cats have had their way with most opponents this season and that was pretty much the case Monday as Oliver Springs cruised to a 40-26 victory.

Oliver Springs took control early as they jumped out to a 12-3 after six minutes of play. 

Rachel Griffith and Sydney Duggins scored six points each to lead the way for Oliver Springs in the opening period.

Midway did play better in the second period, but they couldn’t cut into Oliver Springs’ lead as the Lady ‘Cats took a 20-10 lead into the locker room at halftime. 

Midway’s Jessie Lewis led all scorers in the second period with six points while Emily Duggins scored four for the Lady ‘Cats.

Oliver Springs put the game away in the third quarter. Powered by four points each from Rachel Griffith and Jessica Gilmore, the Lady ‘Cats won the period 13-5 to take a 33-15 lead into the final period of play.

Midway did win the final period, 11-7, but it wasn’t enough to make a run at the Lady ‘Cats.

Alexis Taylor buried a three-pointer and scored five points in the period for the Lady Waves.

Rachel Griffith led Midway on the night with 14 points while Sydney Duggins added nine.

Taylor and Macy Hines scored seven points each to pace the Lady Waves.

Midway (26) Taylor 7, Bertram 5, Hines 7, Lewis 6, Leffew 1.

Oliver Springs (40) R. Griffith 14, E. Griffith 3, E. Duggins 4, Jones 2, Smith 2, S. Duggins 9, Gilmore 6.

Boys Game

Balance was the name of the game for the Green Waves as four players scored between 8-12 points in Midway’s 51-27 victory.

Mason Woody and Jacob Cawood led the quartet as they scored 12 points each while Jacob Gaus was close behind with 11. Zach Edwards came close to giving the Green Waves a fourth player in double figures as he finished the evening with eight points.

Cawood and Gaus got the Green Waves off to a quick start as they scored six points each in leading Midway to a 17-8 lead after six minutes of play.

Brandon Miller had a solid first quarter for Oliver Springs as he buried a pair of three-pointers.

Midway put the game away in the second period as they outscored Oliver Springs 17-1 in the frame to make the score 34-9 at halftime.

Edwards buried a triple and scored seven points in the frame for Midway.

Oliver Springs did play better in the second half, but couldn’t make a run at the Green Waves. Oliver Springs outscored Midway 18-17 in the second half to make the Green Waves final margin of victory 24 points.

Miller led Oliver Springs on the night with six points.

Midway (51) Woody 12, Edwards 8, Cawood 12, Gaus 11, Dishner 2, Hester 1, Tallent 2, Cowell 1, Hughes 2.

 Oliver Springs (27) Noe 4, Ollis 2, Murray 3, Buck 2, Todd 2, Evans 4, M. Miller 4, B. Miller 6.