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Oak Hill splits a pair with Marshall

January 11, 2012

HOLLY SPRINGS- A 15-point third quarter by Oak Hill helped the Lady Raiders grab another victory Tuesday night, 45-32 over Marshall.

The game could have gone either way early on, both teams refusing to relinquish any big lead, but Oak Hill, (17-5) had a slight 12-10 advantage at the half.

The second quarter was more of same for the Lady Raiders, by halftime they led 22-19.

“We played good perimeter defense,” head coach Stan Hughey said. “We had talked about can we duplicate what we did against Indianola. And we did better.”

Rachel Herndon finished with 16-points and six rebounds while Tori Ellis had 14-points and seven rebounds including two big three pointers in the second half.

Anna Ready had just five points and seven boards, but shut down Marshall’s main offensive weapon; Emma Elgin, who averages over 20-points was held to just nine.

Hughey said that was probably her best all-around game of the season.

With a 10-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter, the girls ate up the clock to seal the win.

The focus now will be on the two district games this weekend starting Friday at home versus Canton before a rematch with 20-2 Leake, whom they defeated at home.

Boys: Marshall 70-24 Oak Hill
After closing out the first half of the regular season on a hot streak, the Raiders are struggling to get out of a post-holiday funk.

Following Tuesday nights loss to Marshall Academy, the boys have lost two in a row.

“It was brutal,” head coach Brian Middleton said. “They just came at us, wave, after wave, after wave. We had no answer for what they were doing.”

Oak Hill (12-8, 3-1), who lost by six points in the first meeting between the two on December 3, really struggled from the floor, shooting 8-of-38 for the game.

The Patriots were out from the tipoff, knocking down four consecutive 3-pointers to start the ball game and really setting the pace. Before the end of the first quarter, Oak Hill trailed 26-5.

Middleton said Marshall did a good job of blocking shots and taking charges inside the paint.

“It was their pressure, a full-court man pick-up in our face all night,” he said. “They made us play into their game and we just couldn’t get out of it.”

The Raiders had a much better second quarter, scoring 11-points, but still trailed heavily at the break, 42-16.

Marshall, ranked No.2 in the Class AA in the state, didn’t let off the gas with a 17-point effort in the third quarter while holding the Raiders to a game-low two points.

AJ Jones led the team with eight points, while John Robert Wilbourne and John Wesley Williamson each had six apiece.

Dakota Daily led the Patriots with 13-points, one of three to finish in double figures.

Middleton said right now, the main focus is on their upcoming district game with Canton Academy, who are undefeated through five games.

“It’s rebound time,” he said. “We need to pick this thing back up. This is going to be the challenge that we have. We can’t let two losses bother us.”

Tipoff is scheduled immediately following the varsity girls game.

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