Good things come to those who wait. And for the Oak Hill Raiders it led their third consecutive win Friday night, knocking off AA North Delta 44-28.
The first quarter opened with a shootout from the opening tip-off as both teams fired off 13 points. North Delta was primarily in a 2-3 zone defensively, forcing the Raiders to take their time and find open looks to the basket. Transfer AJ Jones took control, scoring 11 of the teams 13 points in the first quarter. He finished with 18 in the win.
The Raiders defense was tight in the second half as Oak Hill grabbed the lead and started to pad it eventually earning a 28-19 advantage at the half. This was a big game for Oak Hill because North Delta could possibly be an opponent in the playoffs come February.
“We shot a lot better last (Friday) night,” head coach Brian Middleton said although the Raiders juts managed five points in the third quarter, North Delta couldn’t find the basket.
John Wesley Williamson who didn’t play much in the fourth quarter with foul trouble finished with seven while Chase Nash had five off the bench.
Middleton says the boys will have their first true test Monday against No. 3 Starkville Academy on the road.
“We’re excited about the challenge,” he said. “We had some good wins this week; it should give us a little momentum heading into Monday.”
So many times this season Tori Ellis’ name is atop the scoring numbers. Although she finished with six points Friday night, it was Rachel Herndon who stepped up when needed the most as Oak Hill won their seventh in a row after a 44-38 win over North Delta.
Herndon had her best ball game of the season so far with 11 points, nine of which came in the first half and 11rebounds.
“That was a tough win,” head coach Stan Hughey said. “We got off to a slow start in the first quarter. Their intensity was better in the first half but our defense was better in the second half for us.”
Down 12-9 in the first quarter, Oak Hill bounced back in the second to tie the game at 22 at the break.
North Delta’s Brandy Beard, who finished with a game-high 18, was causing plenty of headaches for the Lady Raiders. The Green Wave drove the ball inside and then popped it out for long range baskets which
Oak Hill had a hard time defending.
Tori Ellis and Shay Atkins got into some foul trouble early, but that’s when Herndon took over. The Lady Raiders outscored North Delta 14-5 in the third quarter to really take control of the game. Hughey said he was a little disappointed the girls didn’t go to the free-throw line as much, but they did finish 6-of-10.
Anna Ready scored 10 points in the win closely followed by Atkins with eight.
Oak Hill will get another tough test Monday when they travel to Starkville and face No.1 ranked and undefeated Starkville Academy.
The junior high girls are on a roll after winning their fourth in a row, 42-16. Oak Hill led 26-6 at the half and never looked back, conceding just 10 points in the second half. Sarah Dill finished with 13 while Macie Allen knocked down 10.View more articles in: