By Bryan Davis
The Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders (17-6; 5-0) had to stay in tournament mode for last weekend. While it’s not uncommon for the girls to play on Thursday and again on Friday, it isn’t very often the Lady Raiders have to play a third game on Saturday, especially a district match.
Oak Hill showed no worries though, as they rolled past Calhoun Academy 67-27 on Thursday night. They followed that performance up with a Friday night road win over district rival Carroll by a 54-19 score.
On Saturday, the girls returned home for a makeup game against Winston, and they nearly repeated the Friday night score, winning the game 53-19.
“We played really well,” Oak Hill head coach Stan Hughey said of the three-game stretch. “We played really good defense.”
In Thursday night’s game, the Lady Raiders out-scored Calhoun’s girls 27-2 in the first quarter. On Saturday, the defense matched itself, allowing two points to Winston in the opening frame. The Oak Hill offense put up 10 points in the first eight minutes.
In the second, however, the Oak Hill girls really took off on offense. Led by Rachel Herndon, the Lady Raiders put up 11 points before the end of the first half, taking a 21-7 lead into the locker room.
When the two teams returned to the floor, Oak Hill still had the momentum going its way.
The offense scored 19 more points in the third quarter, holding the Winston girls to just a half dozen on the board.
In the fourth quarter, the defense once again held the Winton team to just six points, while the offense put up 13 more for the big win.
This makes the Lady Raiders 5-0 in district play this season.
“I’m glad to have won those district games,” Hughey said. “That puts us in really good shape.”
Herndon led the Lady Raiders on the night with 14 points. Anna Ready and Susan Mitchell had eight each.
Tori Ellis scored seven, and Shay Atkins had five points. Paige Dawkins scored four points, and Maegen Ellis and Codi Williams had three. Kayla Hall scored one point as well in the game.
The Lady Raiders will not be back on the court until Friday, when they face Manchester Academy at Yazoo City. Oak Hill traveled to Heritage last night for a non-district game. A full report of those contests will be in Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Times Leader.