By Bryan Davis
Last Friday night, the Oak Hill Academy Raiders lost a tough battle to the Indianola Colonels, in overtime 60-58. On Monday night, they were back at home, facing Starkville, and for the second consecutive game, Oak Hill took the match into a fifth quarter and fell 59-55.
“We played fairly well, but we gave it away in the end,” said Oak Hill head coach Brian Middleton.
Starkville’s Autin Canard would get loose for eight points in that overtime quarter, sealing the win for the Volunteers.
In the first quarter, Oak Hill came out, hitting on all cylinders. They scored 17 points to Starkville’s 13 in the first period.
In the second, things got even better for Oak Hill, as they put together a 16-7 frame against Starkville. Taking a 13-point lead into the half, Oak Hill was feeling confident.
In the third, however, things began to slow down for the Oak Hill offense. The shooters were only able to put in five points in the next eight minutes, giving up 16 to Starkville, allowing the Volunteers to creep back into the game.
A 13-11 fourth, in favor of Starkville, left the game tied at 49-49 at the end of regulation.
In the overtime quarter, Starkville had its third consecutive solid frame, scoring 10 points to Oak Hill’s six. That was plenty to claim the win.
In the game for Oak Hill, John Wesley Williamson led the team with 27 points, his best night of the season.
Jacob Dickens scored nine points, and Steven Jones put up six points. Zach Bryan was right behind him with five of his own.
Oak Hill went to Marshall last night, and coverage of that game will be in Friday’s edition of the Daily Times Leader. Oak Hill will be back on the court to face Calhoun Academy on December 2.