LOUISVILLE - Oak Hill head coach Brian Middleton said Tuesday’s victory over Winston wasn’t a season changing win, but “We had to get that mentality back.”
Oak Hill snapped a four-game losing streak with a 52-36 win over Winston Academy and keep their heads above water as they fight for a number two seed in the district tournament.
“We’re going to come around,” Middleton said. “One game at a time starting with Friday night against Manchester.”
If the Raiders can win, they will be the outright second place seed, however should they lose a few games, it could be a three-way tie as they head into the district tournament in February.
The Raiders got off to a rough start, trailing by a point after the opening quarter to Winston who had just one win all season coming into the contest. It didn’t last long.
Oak Hill, who out-rebounded Winston 22-8 offensively, quickly shrugged off their slow start and grabbed a 12-point lead heading into the half, 27-15.
“We just took over after the second quarter,” said Middleton who was able to give his starters significant rest in the second half. All but one player had a least a point Tuesday.
Bradley Allen was hot from long range, knocking down four 3-pointers to lead the team with 14-points while AJ Jones finished with 11.
Middleton said now that they have gotten a victory, they just have to get that mentality of winning back in their minds and see if they can close out the season with a another streak - there’s seven regular season games left.
“We did it once, and we could do it again,” he said. “If we could hit that streak again, it would be huge.”
The Raiders junior high team has strecthed it’s impressive run to 19-0 after 66-26 win. Drake Riley paced the boys with 14-points while Dakota O’Bryant finished with 10. Middleton said the team can be defeated, but whenever that happens, it won’t be a walk in the park.
Girls: Oak Hill 54-20 Winston
The Lady Raiders continued to improve their district tournament seeding after Tuesday’s victory over Winston.
If they win out, the Lady Raiders(19-6,6-1) will retain that second place spot, unless Leake gets upset along the way.
Oak Hill got off to another hot start, scoring 23 and 14-points respectively in the first and second quarters for a commanding 37-11 lead at the half.
Head coach Stan Hughey said he was a little worried his girls would come out flat after a tough game last Saturday.
“We came out playing really well and played hard,” he said. “It was a big a win. We have to make sure we take care of business to stay in that two hole. I don’t see anyone else beating Leake at this point.”
Although they are tied with the same record, Leake holds and edge because of margin of victory.
The Lady Raiders defense continued to dominate in the second half, giving up a combined nine points over the last 16 minutes of the game. Oak Hill cleaned the boards well all night, grabbing 39 rebounds, 16 on the offensive side.
Tori Ellis finished with 15-points to lead the girls while Shay Atkins and Anna Ready each finished with eight. Ready had eight assists in the ball game as well.
The junior high girls moved to 4-3 in district play after their 43-32 win. Sarah Dill, who didn’t have much offense versus Leake, scored 22-points and nine rebounds to lead the girls. Sydney Holton finished with nine points and three assists.
Oak Hill returns to action Friday when they Manchester and then Starkville Academy on Saturday.