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By Bryan Davis
It mattered not who the Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders (12-5; 3-0) put in Friday nightâ€™s district game against Carroll Academy. It was going to work.
Whether it was Paige Dawkinsâ€™ 10-point first quarter, Tori Ellisâ€™ run in the second and third or the girls coming off the bench in the fourth, there was not stopping Oak Hill, which won the game 68-22.
â€śWe have the ability to ware people down,â€ť said Oak Hill head coach Stan Hughey, whose team has won eight straight. â€śIâ€™m really proud of that bunch. They gave us a really good effort.â€ť
Much like the previous weekâ€™s huge win over Manchester, the Lady Raiders played host to the Lady Rebels, who surrendered 20 points to the Oak Hill squad in the first eight minutes of the game.
Rachel Herndon was the first to jump on the board with a two point shot, but Dawkins was the star of the opening period. Playing well, as of late, on the inside, Dawkins powered past her Carroll defenders six straight points before Ellis finally got her first two. Dawkins then followed with four more points, giving her team a 20-6 lead going into the second quarter.
When that second quarter began, Ellis really started her night that would finish with 24 total points. before the first half ended, she would have 13 points. Her first two in the second made it a 27-10 lead for the Lady Raiders.
She quickly followed that up with a three-point shot from the outside, giving the team a 30-10 advantage. She would add two more before the quarter ended, and Oak Hill was up 37-14 at the half.
When the game started again, Oak Hill went into cruise control, just holding Carroll off the board as the clock ticked away. The Lady Rebels would not score their first point of the second half until there was 2:02 left to go in the third. That was on a free throw that made it 55-18.
Meanwhile, Ellis put up another solid quarter, starting the period off with another three-point shot. At one time she scored three in a row for six more points.
Codi Williams would score three in the quarter as well, as the Oak Hill bench started to filter into the game to shut things down for the Lady Rebels. Carroll would get credit for a three-pointer that came right as the buzzer sounded on the third to make it 55-18.
Oak Hillâ€™s bench would put up 13 more points in the final eight minutes, holding the Lady Rebels to just four on the night.
Along with Ellisâ€™ 24 points, she also had a12 rebounds (11 in the first half) and three assists.
Dawkins finished the game with 12 points and four rebounds. Herndon, Williams and Meagan Ellis had five points each. Kim Kelly had four points, and Kayla Hall had two.
In junior high action, seventh grader Sarah Dill scored 27 points to lead the Lady Raiders to a 45-33 win over Carroll. This makes the Lady Raiders 12-4 overall and 3-0 in district play.
Macie Allen scored seven points in the game, and Johanna Carnathan and Alice Amelia Wooten scored four points.
The Lady Raiders will be back on the court on January 3 to play the Kirk Tournament.