Oakdale splits with Midway at home

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By Goose Lindsay

The weather was cold outside Friday night, but the Oakdale Eagle offense was red hot as Travis Nelson’s squad drained 17 3-pointers in picking up a 99-63 victory over Midway at Fred Snow Gymnasium.

“We didn’t shoot the three as well over Christmas, but this is the first game we’ve played here in about 10 games and we shoot the ball well here,” Nelson said. “We talked about attacking the rim in practice, but we were taking good shots and making them.

“I was a little disappointed in our defense. I felt we gave up way too many easy baskets. They’re a good team and they make some threes, but the type shots we were giving up was frustrating. We got it fixed a little, as every quarter we gave up less and less.”

The Eagles hit their first five from long distance and a total of eight overall in racing out to a 33-22 lead after eight minutes of play.

Dawson Smith led the Eagle attack in the opening period with 9 points on three triples. Jackson Hicks added two treys and 6 points.

Blaine Townsend and Dalton Beason scored 6 points each for Midway in the opening frame.

Oakdale scored in more conventional fashion in the second period as Rhett Nelson hit Oakdale’s only two 3-pointers in the frame.

Nelson, Hicks and Nate Arrowood scored 8 points each in the second quarter as Oakdale led 57-35.

Townsend scored 8 points for the Green Wave in the second quarter.

Hicks nearly had a triple-double in the first half as he went to the locker room with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists.

Hicks wouldn’t be around long enough in the third quarter to post the triple-double as he ended the game with 16 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds and 5 steals.

The Eagles had another strong period in the third as they outscored Midway 28-13 to take an 85-48 lead into the fourth quarter.

Jason Taylor scored 5 points for Midway in the third.

Oakdale would not reach the century mark on Friday as Midway outscored Oakdale 15-14 in the fourth quarter to make the final score 99-63.

A big key for Oakdale’s success on offense Friday night was sharing the basketball. Of the Eagles’ 39 made baskets, 31 came with the aid of an assist.

“This may be the best team I’ve had when it comes to moving the ball,” Nelson said. “The other teams I’ve had were really good off the dribble and this team is really good off the pass. This might be the best offensive team I’ve had for what I want to do because they understand moving without the ball and they don’t care to give up the basketball.”

Townsend (13 points, 9 rebounds), Bailey Parks (13 points) and Taylor (10 points) scored in double figures in the loss.

Oakdale had five players reach double digits. Besides Hicks, Nelson (18 points), Smith (16 points), Arrowood (15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals) and Garrett Best (12 points) scored in double figures for the Eagles.

Midway (63) Beason 8, Moore 6, Parks 13, Townsend 19, Hester 5, Taylor 10, Parks 2.

Oakdale (99) Hicks 16, Smith 16, Arrowood 15, Nelson 18, King 7, Best 12, Poole 8, Ford 5, Cooney 2.

Girls Game

The Midway Lady Waves are one of the top teams in District 3-A and they showed why Friday night as they picked up a 48-27 victory at Oakdale.

Oakdale held early leads of 2-0 and 4-2, but Midway ended the opening period on a 13-5 run to hold a 15-9 lead after eight minutes of play.

Emily Cawood sparked Midway’s early run with 10 points in the opening quarter.

The Lady Waves dominated the second quarter. Behind 6 points each from Caitlyn Ross and Heaven Prinzi, Midway outscored the Lady Eagles 15-2 to take a 30-11 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The third quarter would see Midway add three points to its lead and take a 43-21 lead into the final period of play.

Cawood and Oakdale’s Delaney Hicks were the leading scorers in the third quarter with 6 points each.

Oakdale did win the final frame 6-5 to make the final score 48-27.

Cawood (16 points, 5 rebounds) and Ross (12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) scored in double figures for the Lady Waves while Prinzi pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Hicks (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Hannah Coffey (12 points, 10 rebounds) were the leaders for Oakdale in defeat.

Midway (48) Ross 12, Lemasters 3, Bacon 4, Norman 2, Cawood 16, Prinzi 6, Shultz 1, Patterson 3, Beason 1.

Oakdale (27) Coffey 12, Hicks 12, James 3.