Oak Hill’s Lady Raiders didn’t hold Winston to under 20-points Friday night, but they came close.
Nonetheless, a 67-32 win over the Lady Patriots moved them to 2-0 in the district as they continue their quest for a third straight district title.
After scoring 23-points in the opening quarter, Oak Hill (11-3) never trailed in the ball game and by half time had a comfortable 41-14 lead.
“We played pretty good tonight,” head coach Stan Hughey said. “I thought we defended well, got some early shots and I thought our press hurt them a little bit. We were definitely wanting to get off to a good start.”
Tori Ellis, who finished with 20-points and seven rebounds scored 18 in the first half alone. The Lady Raiders scored 26-points in the second half and were able to put their offensive game plan on cruise control the rest of the night.
Oak Hill’s defense has been stubborn all season, holding teams to less than 20-points three times. The Lady Raiders also controlled the glass.
“I thought our rebounding was really good tonight, especially on the offensive end,” Hughey said.
Meagen Ellis finished with 11-points while Rachel Herndon had nine and Anna Ready finished with seven and had six rebounds.
Oak Hill’s only contenders this season for the district title right now it seems like is Leake, who have just one loss on the year to Jackson Academy.
Hughey says they’re doing everything they can to get their fans excited when the two teams play next Friday here in West Point.
“They have a website up promoting this,” he said. “It’s going to be a big game that’s for sure.”
The junior high girls were handed their first district loss, 30-27. Sarah Dill knocked down 14-points to lead the Lady Raiders. Alice Wooten had a good night with eight points.
Boys: Oak Hill 80-21 Winston
Winston couldn’t buy a basket Friday night. Oak Hill on the other hand, couldn’t miss.
The 59-point deficit was the largest margin of victory for the Raiders (6-6, 1-1) this season and the largest ever for head coach Brian Middleton.
“We shot the ball extremely well,” he said. “It was something we had been struggling to do, so that’s something we needed to happen for us as a team.”
The win was a total team effort with every player that suited up had a least two points led by AJ Jones with 21. Reid Posey and John Robert Wilbourne rounded out the top scorers with 12 and 10-points respectively.
By halftime, the Raiders had a 32-point lead and over the next 16 minutes, gave up a combined 10-points.
The junior high boys continue their impressive winning streak which now stands at 12 after a 67-38 win. Oak Hill scored 11-points in the first quarter and followed that up with 43 in the second and third combined to take the game under control.
Drake Riley finished with 19-points while Dakota O’Bryant had 13 and was 3-for-4 in 3-pointers.