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Oak Hill splits with Immanuel in district

December 7, 2011

STEENS - Rachel Herndon was lights out.

With 16 points including four from the 3 point line, Herndon helped lead the Lady Raiders to their 10th win on the season following a 49-17 win over Immanuel Christian in Class 2 district 2 play Tuesday night.

“It was nice to see Rachel come around,” head coach Stan Hughey said. “She was in a bit of a shooting slump and she shot real well for us.”

After scoring 22-points in the opening quarter, the Lady Raiders 10-3, 1-0, padded the lead a little more to 37-9 at the half and was pretty much on cruise control for the rest of the night. Immanuel scored eight points in the entire second half.

Tori Ellis finished nine points and grabbed fire rebounds. Anna Ready knocked down seven to compliment three assists.

The 17-points allowed was the third time this season Oak Hill has allowed 20-points or less. Twice they have held teams in the 20’s.
Hughey said defense is something they need to build they’re strength around.

“We’re very capable of playing good defense,” he said. “That’s something that we should be able to do pretty much every night.”

The Lady Raiders weren’t fooled by any offensive schemes and did a good job forcing bad passes and deflecting bad passes, something the team kept track in the ball game.

“They just couldn’t handle the pressure we put on them last night,” he said.

The JV girls were victorious after Sarah Dill scored 14 points in a 41-24 win. Sydney Holton finished with 12.

Boys: Immanuel 65-44 Oak Hill

No matter what they did, Oak Hill 5-6, 0-1, just couldn’t buy a basket Tuesday night. Despite getting open looks in the first quarter and half, the Raiders, opening district play, looked up at the scoreboard and saw
they were trailing 30-8.

AJ Jones, who finished with 30-points for Oak Hill, led the comeback including a 19 point third quarter that brought them to within five points. A late run by the Rams sealed the win.

“That’s been one of our biggest problems this year, is our inconsistency,” head coach Brain Middelton said. “Last night (Tuesday) it was our shooting. We had a good game plan, we just didn’t execute it.”

“We had all the momentum in the third quarter, and at 43-38, it looked we were going to take over,” he said. “We just ran out of gas.”

Jason Davis led Immanuel with 17 points and was one of three players to finish in double digits for the Rams who are unbeaten in district play this season.

Middleton told his players after the game that if they were to lose, this was the game to do it because they will have two more chances this season because the Raiders host the district tournament.

“We can beat them,” he said. “But between now and that third time, we have to figure out how to win.”

The junior high boys perfect record was unblemished with a 74-41 victory. Matthew Gwathney had a team-high 14 points while Drake Riley had 13 and Riley Pierce had 11.

Oak Hill remains in district action when they host Winston on Friday before traveling to Marks to battle North Delta on Saturday.

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