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January 16th

Lady Raiders unbeaten in district

January 16, 2012

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.
“I’ve tried to convince this bunch that that’s our identity,” head coach Stan Hughey said. “Our ability to guard people.”
In the two games prior, especially against Marshall, the girls were able to shut down the opponents top offensive weapon.

Green Wave hold off W. Oktibbeha

January 16, 2012

ABERDEEN - West Point’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.
“Our defense has been getting better over the last few games,” he said. “Just the effort and intensity has been better and the guys are buying into that. They’re starting to see when you play defense well, we can get things in transition and open some things up.”

Hebron splits with Winona

January 16, 2012

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.

Raiders drop three in a row after tough district loss to Canton

January 16, 2012

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.

January 12th

Friday night hoops

January 12, 2012

High schools return to the court Friday, with several playing in key district contests.

Oak Hill
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.

“We played good perimeter defense,” head coach Stan Hughey said after the 45-32 win over Marshall. “We had talked about can we duplicate what we did against Indianola. And we did better.”

January 11th

Eagles sweep district foe Macon Central

January 11, 2012

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.

Oak Hill splits a pair with Marshall

January 11, 2012

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.

“We played good perimeter defense,” head coach Stan Hughey said. “We had talked about can we duplicate what we did against Indianola. And we did better.”

Oxford sweeps West Point at home

January 11, 2012

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.

January 10th

Eagles snap skid, Hebron doubles up Winston

January 10, 2012

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.
“It was a good defensive ball game,” head coach William Cotton said. “I 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.”

January 9th

Green Wave top N. Pontotoc, ready for Oxford

January 9, 2012

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 tonight’s district battle with Oxford.
Using the same philosophy from Friday night’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.

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