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The Ooltewah Lady Owls are thriving in their first basketball season with James Baird as coach.

Senior standouts Jordan McCullough and Faith O'Donnell continued their stellar work on the court Thursday night, propelling Ooltewah to a 59-28 victory at Brainerd. Ooltewah is 8-6 a year after going winless in 13 games during a tough season affected by the coronavirus.

O'Donnell made a trio of 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 18 points along with McCullough, who made four baskets in the first quarter. Junior MacKenzie Bernier chipped in nine points in the win, as did Savannah Washington for Brainerd.

In the boys' game, Brainerd battled back to win 68-56 over Ooltewah as seven players for Levar Brown's squad stepped up to score points in the final quarter.

The Owls led 49-46 through the first three quarters as Keyshawn Corbin and Deleon Petty did damage on their way to finishing with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

However, Quintus Broadnax and Jakyse Locklin were forces inside the paint, scoring 17 apiece for the Panthers, while Dennis Lewis Jr. had 11 points and Naquan Lay made three 3-pointers in the win.

Compiled by Patrick MacCoon. Contact him at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com.

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