By Bryan Davis
Editor’s Note: The Daily Times Leader would like to thank coaches Stan Hughey and Brian Middleton for providing stats for the junior high teams throughout the year. We would also like to thank Kristen Stevens and Dana Smith for contributing pictures of these teams during the season.
For the second year in a row, the Oak Hill Academy boys (18-7; 5-1) and the Lady Raiders (21-7; 6-0) junior high basketball teams won the district.
Over the past weekend, both teams battled through some tough competition at Carroll, but the two were victorious in the final round.
The junior high girls got started on Friday, playing the Manchester Lady Mavericks. Oak Hill easily took this game 39-13, showcasing the team’s great defensive skills.
Sarah Dill led the team in this one with 14 points. Johanna Carnathan score 12, and Macie Allen finished with five points and four steals.
Bet Langley and Lexie Harden scored three, and Kaylay Duncan finished with two points.
In the final game, Oak Hill battled the Carroll Academy Lady Rebels, eventually topping the girls 52-30.
Oak Hill took a 17-2 lead into the second quarter, which built up to a 32-16 halftime lead. The Lady Raiders out-scored Carroll 13-8 in the third quarter and added five more in the fourth to complete the 22-point win.
Dill once again led the team, this time with 29 points. She had 11 rebound and five assists as well.
Carnathan scored 13 points, with nine rebounds and five steals.
Allen scored five, and Langley finished with six points. Harden played a big defensive game, acquiring three steals on the night.
The boys team, coached by Brian Middleton, started out strong in the first game on Friday, defeating Carroll 46-37.
Bradley Allen led the squad in this game with 20 points. Drake Riley came off the bench for eight points, while Riley Pierce netted five points.
Curt Huffman had three, and Chase Nash, Stephen Ross and Dakota O’Bryant scored two each.
“It was a tough game,” Middleton said of the No. 2 seed Carroll. “We played really well, and we led from the end of the first quarter to the last.”
In the second game, the boys faced Manchester Academy, and they defeated the Mavericks 43-29 to win the championship trophy.
“They did not have a double-digit quarter,” Middleton said of Manchester. “We played really good defense the whole night.”
Huffman had the most points when the game was over, with 15. Allen was right behind him with 13, and Riley scored four.
Matthew Gwathney and Nash scored three each, and O’Bryant and Pierce both scored two. Heath Ford scored one point for the Raiders on the night as well.
Both of these young teams show a lot of promise for the future of Oak Hill basketball.