BATESVILLE - Oak Hill never trailed in Saturday’s ball game against North Delta Academy.
A 22-point first quarter performance didn’t hurt their chances either as the Raiders downed the Green Wave 46-42 to pick up their second win in a row and second this season over North Delta.
It’s the second time this season the Raiders, 7-6, 1-1 have won back-to-back games since a three game streak in November with victories over Heritage, Carroll and North Delta.
“It’s huge,” head coach Brian Middleton said if his team can continue their winning ways heading into a tough district game with Leake Academy on Friday followed by Manchester on Saturday. “If we can get those wins, we’d be up in the district and that would really just offset that sour taste in our mouth from the Immanuel game. That would fix it. The only way to fix losing is to win.”
The Raiders led 22-6 after the opening quarter and really never trailed. North Delta, led by Hunt Howell, who scored 14-points including four 3-pointers, gave the Green Wave a little momentum in the first half, but they still trailed by nine at the break.
Middleton said he looked like a different player from their last outing.
“He didn’t shoot the ball real well last time, and he got off to a hot start,” he said. Fortunately Howell didn’t make too much of a difference.
The Green Wave outscored Oak Hill 22-17 in the second half, but the Raiders were able to maintain a solid effort on offense down the stretch.
Transfer AJ Jones led the team in scoring once again, knocking down 21-points while John Wesley Williamson finished 15. Jones has been consistent all season long scoring in double figures, but Middleton used a different work to describe him.
“Efficient,” he said. “On nights when he’s efficient, the more we are clicking as a team. He’s quick and he’s able to create some shots. But it’s the other guys that are going to have to continue to step up.”
It’s not just Jones. Reid Posey and Williamson have been among the top scorers several times this season while Curt Huffman has really stepped up since Conner Baird has been inactive with an injury.
The junior high boys extended their winning streak this season to 13 games after Saturday’s win over North Delta 43-28. Dakota O’Byrant led the team with nine points while Matthew Gwathney and Drew Riley each had eight apiece.
Girls: North Delta 41-31 Oak Hill
The Lady Raiders were held to just 10-points in the second half Saturday as Oak Hill struggled to find the net.
North Delta, head coach Stan Hughey said did a good job of controlling the clock.
“They kept the ball most of the time,” he said. “They were real patient, screening in and picking out. They shot the lights out.”
Oak Hill 11-4, 2-0, cut the lead to six with about four minutes left to play but were forced to chase.
Down five after the first quarter, Oak Hill finally found some rhythm in the second, outscoring the Lady Green Wave 10-3 and grabbed a slim 21-19 lead at the half. The second half was much different as Oak Hill combined for just 13 shots.
“We didn’t have the energy that we normally have,” Hughey said. “We played defense all night long, we couldn’t get the ball from them.”
Anna Ready finished with a team-high 12-points while Tori Ellis finished with 11, all in the first half.
Oak Hill returns to the court on Friday for a district matchup with Leake before hitting the road Saturday against Manchester.
The junior high girls earned a 35-28win thanks to a much balance offense led by Sarah Dill with 10-points.