Thursday night, Oak Hill played their second contest against Indianola within a 10-day span. After a close contest between the Lady Raiders and Lady Colonels, this matchup on Oak Hill’s home court was expected to be another barn burner. The fans certainly did not go home disappointed after the Lady Raiders’ 34-31 defensive battle. In the lowest scoring game of the season thus far, Oak Hill showed its grit and toughness and secured the win through tenacious defense and adjusting to the slow pace of the game.
Oak Hill appeared to be on their way to a rout of the Lady Colonels as they jumped out to 10-2 lead early in the first quarter. However, a slowed down, half-court tempo took effect and put the Lady Raiders into a funk, and no further points were scored for the remainder of the quarter. Oak Hill managed only eight points in the second quarter while surrendering nine to Indianola, giving the Lady Raiders a slim 18-11 advantage going into the second half. The third quarter provided no spark for the ailing Lady Raiders, who could only muster up six points in the third quarter while surging Indianola scored 10 to cut the deficit down 24-21.The final period of play would remain back and forth, but in the end, the Lady Raiders stood their ground and closed out the win in front of an electric crowd.
Sarah Dill and Rachel Herndon led Oak Hill in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Maegen Ellis poured in eight points. Anna Ready and Shay Atkins rounded out the scoring with two and one point.