Archive - Jan 2012 - Sports Article
Oak Hill once showed why defense is their bread and butter. They can shoot pretty good too.
Friday night, the Lady Raiders had one of their best defensive performances of the season with a 62-19 win over Canton. The victory moves them to 18-5 on the year, but more importantly 5-0 in MAIS District 2AA.
â€śIâ€™ve tried to convince this bunch that thatâ€™s our identity,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said. â€śOur ability to guard people.â€ť
In the two games prior, especially against Marshall, the girls were able to shut down the opponents top offensive weapon.
ABERDEEN - West Pointâ€™s recent success has come from a lot of factors, but head coach Brad Cox points to his defense.
The Green Wave picked up their third win in four games Thursday, 85-62 over West Oktibbeha.
â€śOur defense has been getting better over the last few games,â€ť he said. â€śJust the effort and intensity has been better and the guys are buying into that. Theyâ€™re starting to see when you play defense well, we can get things in transition and open some things up.â€ť
Hebron continued to move up the district tables on Friday with a 44-23 win over Winona.
The victory, their fourth in a row, moved them to 4-1 in the standings, second to only Kemper.
The Lady Eagles, 15-7, jumped out to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter, really keeping the Stars on their heels offensively.
Winona clamped down in the second quarter, forcing several turnovers with a 3-2 half court trap and scored nine points. They still trailed by double digits at the half, 23-11.
Looking to stay in the hunt for a first place position in the district, Oak Hill needed to defeat Canton, time simply ran out.
AJ Jones drove to the lane with seconds remaining to cut the lead to two, but time ran out before head coach Brian Middleton could call a time-out as Canton Academy held on for a 62-60 win.
It was the third consecutive loss for Oak Hill since their season long seven game winning streak in December.
In a second half that had 12 lead changes, Canton took the lead, 53-51 with less than four minutes left to play and held on for the rough ride.
High schools return to the court Friday, with several playing in key district contests.
The Lady Raiders, 17-5, bounced back from their fifth loss of the season with a pair of victories over Indianola and Marshall earlier this week as they prepare to return to Class 2AA action this weekend.
â€śWe played good perimeter defense,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said after the 45-32 win over Marshall. â€śWe had talked about can we duplicate what we did against Indianola. And we did better.â€ť
Since suffering a pair of losses at home to Kemper Academy, both the Eagles and Lady Eagles have gotten back in the win column with victories over Macon Central.
Tuesday, the Lady Eagles had a another solid defensive effort in 52-20 win, while the Eagles held off the Vikings, 54-20.
Hebron (14-7, 3-1) shot 55 percent from the floor in the first half and grabbed a 15-4 lead after the first quarter. The girls continued to dominate in the second, while their defense remained solid. The girls led 33-8 at the break.
HOLLY SPRINGS- A 15-point third quarter by Oak Hill helped the Lady Raiders grab another victory Tuesday night, 45-32 over Marshall.
The game could have gone either way early on, both teams refusing to relinquish any big lead, but Oak Hill, (17-5) had a slight 12-10 advantage at the half.
The second quarter was more of same for the Lady Raiders, by halftime they led 22-19.
â€śWe played good perimeter defense,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said. â€śWe had talked about can we duplicate what we did against Indianola. And we did better.â€ť
West Point knew ahead of time that the Oxford game would be huge, especially at home.
Fresh off a loss to New Hope, the visiting Chargers didn't want to get behind the eight ball early in district play and on Tuesday night, pulled out a tough road win over the Green Wave 58-42.
The Green Wave, (7-11, 1-1) already with a district victory over Saltillo, went toe-to-toe with the Chargers for three quarters. Down three with 2:57 left to play, Oxford closed out the third quarter on a 6-0 run to end it, and was able to carry over that momentum into the fourth.
PHEBA - What better way to bounce back from a poor shooting performance than to post a triple-double.
Tori Nichols did that. She scored a career-best 40-points including 12-blocks and 14-rebounds to help the Lady Eagles earn 60-37 win over Winston.
â€śIt was a good defensive ball game,â€ť head coach William Cotton said. â€śI had talked to them about consistency and told them if they want to be a state champion, you have to play like you know you can. They answered that call.â€ť
VARDAMAN - For the second consecutive game, Rico Robinson came off the bench to lead West Point in points with 17.
It just so happens the Green Wave won again 77-45 over North Pontotoc Saturday, giving them plenty of momentum heading into tonightâ€™s district battle with Oxford.
Using the same philosophy from Friday nightâ€™s win over Caledonia which snapped a three-game losing skid, the Green Wave stayed true to being aggressive on defense with the press and forcing turnovers which in turn led to points.