It was only a matter of time before the Raiders came into form.
With 13 healthy players on the roster now, including all four seniors, Oak Hill is primed to hit their stride going into the district season.
In their best performance of the year, the Raiders proved they will be district title contenders in a convincing 62-46 win over Immanuel. Several players made huge contributions in the Tuesday night contest.
Whether it was scoring in double figures, rebounding relentlessly, or forcing mistakes on defense, the Raiders showcased their versatility and depth in front of an electric home crowd to bring home the win.
Going into the game, Coach Brian Middleton stressed two things: offensive rebounds and free throws; these statistical categories proved to be the difference in the game.
Oak Hill held a 14-5 offensive rebounding advantage and shot an exceptional 21-27 from the foul line.
Getting the Rams’ key players in foul trouble was definitely on the agenda for the Raiders, who forced 20 fouls on the night.
J.J. Bridges led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Jeb Stevens with 15. John Wesley Williamson added 10 more. Sophomores Riley Pierce and Drake Riley scored nine and eight points, respectively.
Drake Riley also grabbed 12 rebounds on the night. Matthew Gwathney rounded out the scoring with two points.
The Raiders will play their second district game in Lousville Friday night against Winston Academy.