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Lady Raiders bounce back with defensive win

December 5, 2011

Another solid defensive performance by Oak Hill led the way for a victory as the Lady Raiders tacked on their ninth of the season, 42-27.

“We made a couple of adjustments in practice (Friday) that we tried and for the most part they did a good job with them,” head coach Stan Hughey said. “It was one of our better games defensively. Offensively, we have a ways to go. We’re not shooting the ball very well as a team.”

Tori Ellis finished with a team-high 25 points with 11 rebounds while Anna Ready finished with points. Codi Williams contributed with nine rebounds.

Oak Hill got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 9-1 lead after the opening quarter. Marshall was able to put together a couple of successful possessions and cut the lead to six at the half 17-11.

The Lady Raiders continued to make stops in the third giving up just eight points and 16 total for the entire second half.

“I was pleased with our concentration and our effort on defense ,” Hughey said,. “We have to play with that kind of effort every night.”
Oak Hill takes on Immanuel tonight to open district play. Both the
Rams and Lady Rams are 3-0 to start conference action.

The junior high girls lost a heart breaker 34-33. Sarah Dill led the girls with 25-points.

Boys: Marshall 64-57 Oak Hill

Tied at 56 with a minute and a half left to play, Oak Hill in possession gets called on a moving screen, something you just can’t do against the state’s top MAIS AA school.

Marshall, the defending state champions, knocked down a pair of free throws from the line to take the lead and eventually get the win, 64-57 Saturday in West Point.

“We had an opportunity or two to get in the late,” head coach Brian Middleton said. “We played really well and felt like we played good enough to win. I don’t think there was someone in that locker at the end of the game that didn’t believe we could do it.”

Oak Hill (5-5) trailed the entire game, down 10 as the first quarter came to a close 24-14. The game was a little more evenly matched in the second but by the half, Oak Hill were down by a dozen. Several times the Raiders had their chances to take the lead, knocking on the doorstep before Marshall would extend the advantage by four or six.

The Raiders had their biggest offensive quarter of the night, lighting up 16-points but it didn’t do anything to trim the lead.

“They were able to fend us off, they did whatever they needed to do,”
Middleton said.

Oak Hill had 14 turnovers in the ball game and were outrebounded 24-14. Marshall had 11 on the offensive glass, the Raiders struggled with two.

AJ Jones and Conner Baird each had 15-points on the night while Reid Posey finished with 13, including a trio of three pointers to round out the top scorers.

The junior high boys kept their perfect record intact with a comfortable 59-22 victory. The Raiders gave up just four points in the first and third quarter to remain at 10-0 on the year.

All 15 players had a least a basket and were led by Drew Riley with 12-points.

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