Oak Hill’s Raiders and Lady Raiders look to continue their hot winning streaks later this week when they make the trip to Grenada to play in the Kirk Academy tournament.
The Raiders are entering the second of the 2011-12 season riding a season-best six game winning streak after picking up a pair of victories over Desoto (Ark.) and Benton in the holiday tournament hosted by Carroll Academy last week.
The boys 11-6, used a second half 40-point performance to score their second-highest point total of the season, 70-37.
They tip off with host Kirk on Friday. They are 2-0 against the Raiders this season.
So far, success has come in the district where they earned two crucial wins to close out the first half of the season over Leake and Manchester.
“I think in this district it’s going to be hard to get any wins on the road,” head coach Brian Middleton said. “And for us to get one there it was big.”
After picking up such a good pace heading into the break, Middleton believes it won’t be hard to keep that momentum rolling into the district tournament.
“I think we’re figuring it out,” he said in a previous interview. “The first of the year, our big deal was learning how to get it done and that’s what their learning how to do. Early we let some games slip, but I try not to think about what we could be.”
Transfer AJ Jones has been a headache for opposing teams all season, leading the Raiders in scoring on any given night. Jones, along with a handful of seniors including Reid Posey, John Robert Wilbourne and junior John Wesley Williamson have come around at the right point of the season to really make another postseason run.
“We’re in a position where we don’t need to rely on anybody else. If we win, we take care of our own business,” said Middleton.
The Lady Raiders have been equally impressive as the second half of the season kicks off Friday in Grenada.
At 15-4, the girls are stringing together four consecutive wins for the second time this season after picking a pair of wins in the Carroll Academy holiday tournament last week. Oak Hill conceded less than 30-points in both games despite making a few mistakes here and there.
But more importantly, they sit atop the AA 2 district at 4-0 which included back-to-back victories over Leake and Manchester.
The Lady Raiders will take on North Delta for the third time season. At 1-1, the Class A school handed Oak Hill their fourth loss on the year.
Head coach Stan Hughey says he’s going to use the week to prepare and evaluate where they are at this point of the season.
“Generally we’ve been able to play well after Christmas and get better at some things,” he said. “There’s a lot of things on the defensive end that we need to work this week to get better. We need to get back into a routine again.”
“Even at 15-4, there a million things that we can do better. We’re certainly not where we need to be.”
Hughey said there’s about six or seven teams in the state, including Oak Hill that whoever gets better between now and February is probably going to win the state title.
“That’s our goal, is to try and be that team,” Hughey said. “We know we can play with anybody, but we also know we can get beat by anybody.”