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Blue Devils take homecoming victory over Oakdale

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By Dwane Wilder

 The status quo prevailed Friday night during the high school varsity basketball doubleheader between District 4-A rivals Oakdale and host Jellico.

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Both the Oakdale girls and Jellico boys completed regular season sweeps with convincing victories.

In girl’s action, the Lady Eagles broke open a tight contest in the second quarter to win their homecoming game by 31 points, 69-38. 

Oakdale held a narrow 16-12 lead in the opening quarter, but buried the Lady Blue Devils with a 22-6 run during the second period.

Nicole Thompson led four Oakdale players in double figures with 14 points, followed by Natalie McGill with 14, Lindsey Kilby 12 and Marissa Redmond 11. Amber Snow chipped in 7 points.

Ashley Gulley paced Jellico with 11 points. She scored 7 of those in the opening quarter before the Lady Eagles clamped down on her. 

Natasha Taylor chipped in 9 points for the Lady Blue Devils, followed by Rachel Ayers with 8, Kayla Bolton and Destany Creekmore 4 each, Ashley Ouimette and Brittany Kennedy 2 each.

Jellico’s boys won a hotly-contested game, 71-59, against a scrappy Oakdale squad.

Tee Steinmetz led a balanced attack for the Eagles (3-4 district, 9-12 overall) with 13 points, followed by Josh Kilby with 12. Aaron Kilby 11, D.J. Currier 10.

The Blue Devils (8-1 district) also had four scorers in double figures: Cody Malicoat with 17 points, Gabe Mitchell 16, Dustin Smiddy 15 and Michael Smith 12.

With Malicoat scoring 7 of his points in the first period, Jellico opened the game with a 16-4 run. By halftime, however, Oakdale had closed the gap to 34-31.

It was still a 3-point game early in the fourth quarter, but the Blue Devils closed with a 19-10 run to clinch the district win.

Also scoring for Jellico was Brent Ayers with 6 points and Devin Oakes with 3.