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Lady Raiders earn fourth straight victory, 61-26 over Benton

December 30, 2011

CARROLLTON - Oak Hill Academy continued their impressive mid-season run Thursday with a 61-26 victory over Class A Benton in the Carroll Academy Christmas tournament.

The Lady Raiders, 15-4, had three players finish in double digits, led by Tori Ellis who bounced back with 18-points for the game including 16 in the first half alone.

“We played a whole lot better than we did the day before,” head coach Stan Hughey said. “We were really intense on our defense and we shot the ball well.”

For the second consecutive game, the girls had given up less than 30-points. They’ve been hard to stop offensively.

The Lady Raiders gave up a combined nine points in the first half, including two in the first quarter, on their way to a comfortable 33-9 lead at the half.

Oak Hill let off the gas in the second half, giving up 17-points, not enough to do any damage though.

Ellis also finished with a team-high seven rebounds.
Rachel Herndon and Shay Atkins rounded out the top scorers with 12 and 10 respectively. Sophie Miller had six points and six rebounds off the bench.

Up next, Oak Hill returns to the court next Friday at the Kirk Academy Invitational and a first-round matchup with North Delta. The two teams are 1-1 this season, with the Green Wave handing Oak Hill their fourth loss on the season.

Hughey said he girls are going to take the week to evaluate where they stand and make some corrections.

“Generally we’ve been able to play well after Christmas and get better at some things,” he said. “There’s a lot of things on the defensive end that we need to work this week to get better. We need to get back into a routine again.”

“Even at 15-4, there a million things that we can do better. We’re certainly not where we need to be.”

Hughey said there’s about six or seven teams in the state, including Oak Hill that whoever gets better between now and February is probably going to win the state title. The Lady Raiders have certainly made their claim after defeating Leake Academy earlier this season.

“That’s our goal, is to try and be that team,” Hughey said. “We know we can play with anybody, but we also know we can get beat by anybody.”

Tip off next Friday is set for 4 p.m.

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