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CANTON â€” The Oak Hill Lady Raider basketball team dropped its two preseason basketball games against Veritas School and Simpson Academy Thursday and Saturday, respectively, at the Canton Academy Preseason Tournament.
Oak Hill only returns one starter from the 2012-13 season in senior point guard Maegan Ellis â€“ a key cog in the Lady Raiders 30-win season and Class-AA fourth-place finish.
The Lady Raiders committed 45 combined turnovers in both losses, which Oak Hill Head Coach Stan Hughey cited as a problem that is fixable in the coming months.
The West Point High School basketball teams opened their respective seasons with a pair of 30-minute jamborees Saturday at the West Point High School gym.
The West Point Green Wave were on top of their game Saturday as they defeated Kosciusko and Tupelo by a combined score of 57-36. The Wave defeated Koscuisko in the morning game, 33-21.
Demarius Calvert scored nine points and West Point defeated Tupelo, 24-15, in the Waveâ€™s second jamboree Saturday.
CENTREVILLE â€” The Centreville Tigers (10-1; 4-0 District 6-AA) used an early first quarter lead to outlast Oak Hill in the second-half, 59-34, for a MAIS Class-AA first-round playoff win on the campus of Centreville Academy.
Oak Hill entered halftime trailing Centreville, 30-6. The Tigers jumped out to a 23-0 first quarter lead and would score again in the second-quarter to extend their lead over Oak Hill before halftime.
COLUMBUS â€” Senior Aeris Williams and junior Quincy Starks combined for eight touchdowns and 374 rushing yards, and West Point (6-4; 4-2 District 1-5A) ran away from Golden Triangle rival New Hope (4-6; 2-4 District 1-5A), 76-50, in a MHSAA District 1-5A game on the campus of New Hope High School.
The Green Wave clinched a berth into the playoffs with the victory and can enter the MHSAA Class-5A postseason as either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed out of District 1-5A.
By Will Nations
BY WILL NATIONS
CALHOUN CITY â€” Hebron Christian (7-3; 4-0 District 7-A) clinched its first eight-man district title and postseason berth with a thrilling win against rival Calhoun Academy, 20-14, in a MAIS District 7-A contest Friday at Billy D. Cook Field on the campus of Calhoun Academy.
In the last minute of the game, Channing Tapley took a shotgun snap and weaved through three Calhoun defenders en route to a 31-yard carry and a third-and-27 conversion to seal the 20-14 Hebron victory â€“ the Eagles fifth consecutive win.
By Will Nations
The Oak Hill Raiders are again heading for the MAIS Class-AA postseason as one of four wild cards.
Coming over from an assistant coach post at Immanuel Christian School in Steens, Daniel Merchant could not have imagined the success that he found at Oak Hill with two consecutive berths into the playoffs â€“ an accomplishment he thought he would have achieved later in his tenure.
By Will Nations
The West Point Green Wave (5-4; 3-2 District 1-5A) scored 29 unanswered points in the second-half to defeat district opponent Saltillo, 43-22, after trailing by eight points at halftime in a MHSAA contest Friday at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.
Recovering a Saltillo onside kick to start the third-quarter, the Wave marched behind five Aeris Williams carries to later find pay dirt on a Quincy Starks' 21-yard touchdown carry. The touchdown run sparked the second-half rally.
PHEBA â€” Hebron Christian (6-3; 3-0 District 7-A) scored three touchdowns with runs from seniors Justin Gordon and Brandon England in its first five offensive plays en route to a shellshocking win over Friendship Christian, 52-6, in a MAIS non-district eight-man tilt on the campus of Hebron Christian School as a part of senior night.
"I had good effort from my guys," Hebron Christian Head Coach David Foster said. "We spread the ball around running it and we got to play a lot of our younger guys. I think we are a different ball club than we were when the season started."
By Will Nations
Last week against Lake Cormorant, the Green Wave were unfazed by a 21-point deficit at halftime, scoring 24 points to win its second consecutive district game.
The story was not much different in week 10 as West Point (5-4; 3-2 District 1-5A) scored 29 points in the final two quarters after trailing by eight points to beat Saltillo, 43-22, in a MHSAA District 1-5A contest Friday night at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.
The Oak Hill Raiders (5-5; 2-3 District 2-AA) ended its regular season on a low note with a loss to the Leake Academy Rebels (7-3; 5-0 District 2-AA) 35-0 Friday night on the campus of Oak Hill Academy in West Point on senior night.