GRENADA - Friday’s loss to North Delta really gave the Oak Hill Raiders a bad attitude. So bad, they put up their best defensive performance of the season on Saturday in a 53-12 victory over Indianola.
“It was the best we defended all year,” head coach Stan Hughey said. “We didn’t defend very well Friday, we talked about that and we came out really intense on defense.”
The Lady Raiders 16-5, led by Tori Ellis with 14 points, quickly grabbed a 15-6 lead in the first quarter. And by halftime, the girls had a 35-10 lead.
The second half was much worse for AA Indianola on offense as they were shutout in the third and only managed a field goal in the fourth.
“I really believe that the identity of this team is to defend and get out in transition,” Hughey said. “We play our best when we push it down the floor, shoot threes or drive it and kick it back out. The only way to do that is to play defense.”
The girls hit the road tonight when they take on Marshall.
Boys: Pillow 58-32 Oak Hill
Oak Hill tried everything, drives to the basket, mid-range jumpers. Nothing fell. Saturday’s 58-32 loss to Class AAA Pillow Academy was tough to swallow because not only did the Raiders struggle on offense, the loss snapped a season-high seven game winning streak for Brian Middleton.
“Some of guys we’re just intimidated by their size and we cannot do that,” he said. Pillow’s starting five was well over six feet.
Oak Hill, 12-7 got the start they needed, jumping out a 4-0 run before Pillow took a three point lead after the opening quarter 13-10. Halfway through the second is where things got out of hand for the Raiders, who trailing by one, gave up 10-answered points allowing Pillow to grab an 11-point advantage at the half 27-16.
The Raiders, who a few times this season have a made second half comebacks, slowly began to cut the deficit early in the third before Pillow jumped gears.
“It went totally opposite,” Middleton said. “It seemed like we just hit a wall. Offensively we couldn’t hit anything. Our defense couldn’t hold us up.”
Pillow outscored Oak Hill 31-16 in the second half.
Not only were Raiders having a hard time scoring, but Pillow did their share of forcing turnovers, including 11 in the first half alone.
AJ Jones had 17-points including four 3 -pointers in the loss to lead the team. Bradley Allen had six points, all from behind the arch.
The Raiders return to action this afternoon when they travel to Holly Springs for a rematch with Marshall. Earlier this season, the Patriots topped the Raiders 64-57 in West Point back in December.