GRENADA - Oak Hill Raiders head coach Brian Middleton said the biggest thing that has helped his team going over the last few weeks is “consistency from everyone.”
That consistency has triggered into a seven game winning streak after Friday night’s win over Kirk, 47-28.
The streak almost ended at six after the Raiders found themselves trailing at the half 18-17.
“We had given up seven offensive rebounds in the half, and they were getting a few put backs,” Middleton said. “And in a low scoring game like that, it was making a big difference. We just weren’t playing aggressive.”
The Raiders, 12-6 knew they had to change something, and during the halftime talks, Middleton made a few adjustments that changed the outcome of the game.
Oak Hill exploded in the first six minutes of the third quarter, rolling out a 16-1 run to take control of the game.
“That was the difference in the ball game,” he said. “We just beat them up on the boards in the second half and did a much better job of defensive rebounding.”
Kirk was held to just 10 points in the second half as Oak Hill moved on to face Pillow. A complete recap will be in the Tuesday edition of the Daily Times Leader.
AJ Jones finished with 18 points including four steals in the second half while Reid Posey chipped in double-digits with 14.
Girls: North Delta 51-47 Oak Hill
Oak Hill were held to just five points in the second quarter, which put them behind the eight ball for an uphill climb in the second half.
Although they outscored North Delta over the last 16 minutes, the Lady Raiders lost to the Green Wave 51-47.
“We didn’t play very well in the first half,” head coach Stan Hughey said. “We didn’t have any intensity on defense and they just kept getting us screened in and hitting threes.”
Oak Hill, 15-5, had a four game winning streak halted despite having a much improved second half performance. They had chances to cut the deficit to one late in the game missing a pair of layups and put back.
The first quarter was a shootout, 14-12 in favor of North Delta. But after that, the Lady Raiders went cold, while their defense gave up 17-points to trail 31-17 at the half.
The Lady Raiders had a much better second half, scoring 15-points in the third and fourth quarters but it wasn’t enough to top North Delta who won for the second time in three meetings.
“They keep screening in and are so patient on offense,” Hughey said of the Green Wave. “We just do such a poor job of jumping cutters. Right now the biggest difference between us in two of the three games is that they have just played a lot harder than we have. Their intensity and our intensity levels are just not the same.”
Tori Ellis and Shay Atkins led the team in scoring with 14-points apiece while Anna Ready rounded out the top scorers with nine.
A complete recap of the Lady Raiders ball game with Indianola Academy will be in the Tuesday edition of the Daily Times Leader.