Archive - Jan 2013 - Sports Article
The close ones always sting the most. In a huge weekend for Oak Hill, the Raiders were unable to secure two big games against Canton Academy on the road and Leake Academy at home with their chances of a number 1 seed in the conference tournament diminished. However, Oak Hill proved to the Panthers and Rebels both that they would not go down without a fight, and by the time the tournament rolls around, this young Raiders squad will have a legitimate shot at taking home the blue trophy.
It was a difficult challenge for the West Point Green Wave to pick up a win Saturday against the Corinth Warriors. The Wave battled Corinth, a perennial power in north Mississippi 4-A, in Ecru at the North Pontotoc High School â€śKings of the Courtâ€ť tournament. A game that needed more than regulation to decide a winner, the Wave were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with an overtime loss to the Warriors 63-56.
The concrete-floor was dangerously slick as the humidity level in the old Vaiden High School gym was too high for safe play as Hebron Christian and Winona Christian took each other on Friday night in MAIS district 3-A action. It was the card dealt though to the Lady Stars as their home gym on campus at Winona Christian was unfortunately lost to a fire back in October 2012 only a few weeks prior to the start of basketball season.
Hebron Christian took their final regular season road trip west to face Winona Christian. It was a battle once again between Hebron and Winona as both teams sought District 3-A dominance and the coveted one seed with the Hebron Eagles putting their perfect district record on the line. In the previous meeting on November 30, the Eagles gave Winona everything and more as Hebron used gutsy play off the bench to defeat the Stars in overtime 54-52.
The Lady Eagles of Hebron Christian are coming off their first MAIS district 3-A victory over Central Academy of Macon on Tuesday night. The 42-38 win has brought the Lady Eagles to a 1-3 district record and allows for Hebron to enter the second half of the district schedule with a little more confidence.
Finally returning home after a month-long stint away, the Green Wave welcomed the team that started their road trip - the Louisville Wildcats. On Friday December 14, West Point outlasted the Wildcats in the second half and defeated Louisville soundly 73-55.
On Tuesday night, in a rematch that was similar to the last contest between West Point and Louisville, the Green Wave started the first quarter sluggish but were soon to answer Louisville ending the quarter ahead 21-13 and never looking back. West Pointâ€™s second half effort closed out the game as the Wave won dominantly 78-49.
The Lady Wave finally returned to West Point after almost a full month on the road starting back on December 14. It was a rematch Tuesday between West Point and the Louisville Lady Wildcats, a game that the Lady Wave hoped to be more competitive in this time around. The last meeting between these two teams was a Lady Wildcat routing of West Point 72-33 back on December 14 in Louisville.
Like always, this week has been one of highs and lows for the world of sports.
Highest on the list in Mississippi would be Ole Miss, which is coming off a Compass Bowl victory in head coach Hugh Freezeâ€™s first season with the Rebels.
At the very top of the national list is Alabama, which reclaimed its rightful spot atop national polls after demolishing Notre Dame in the BCS Title game on Monday night.
The Oak Hill Raiders fell over the weekend to the MAIS top-ranked Marshall Academy. The Raiders fought hard throughout the game but could not stay with a sharp shooting Marshall, falling to the Patriots 70-36.
Though the loss to Marshall could be disheartening, Oak Hill understands there are more important tasks ahead. The Raiders will make the two hour journey to face Canton Academy Friday night in district 2-AA play. This meeting will be the first for Oak Hill and Canton on the season.
Head Coach Stan Hughey and his Lady Raiders kicked off the New Years with a great victory in Holly Springs against a tough Marshall Academy Saturday. The Oak Hill girls were successful in their attempt to grasp a win in the rematch against Marshall 57-38.