By Bryan Davis
The Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders basketball team bounced back on Tuesday, after a Monday night home loss to Starkville, and they were able to take one from the Marshall Academy Lady Patriots 47-45 in overtime.
After taking a 20-11 lead into half time, the Lady Raiders let the lead slip away in the second half, but thanks to a 20 point second half performance by Tori Ellis, Oak Hill was able to keep the game at least tied at the end of regulation.
“It’s good to win a close game,” said Oak Hill head coach Stan Hughey. “We’ve lost a lot of close games this year, so it’s good we found a way to pull this one out. It will help us down the stretch.”
In the first quarter, the Lady Raiders put up a modest eight points, but Marshall was right behind them with seven. Oak Hill managed to slip away in the second quarter, holding the Lady Patriots to four points, wile scoring 12 of their own.
Marshall turned things around in the third, scoring 15 points, while Oak Hill hovered around the eight point mark for the third,
In the fourth, Marshall once again out-scored the Lady Raiders 11-9, forcing another period after regulation was complete.
The Lady Raiders had a good overtime period, scoring 10 points. A three point shot at the buzzer for Marshall made it a two-point game, but that was all they could do.
Besides Ellis’ 20 point second half, Rachel Herndon scored eight points on the night. Katelyn White had five points and eight rebounds.
“Katelyn came off the bench and played really well for us,” Hughey said.
Shay Atkins and Kayla Hall had four points, and Paige Dawkins and Maegan Ellis scored two each. Anna Ready had one point and seven rebounds, and Kim Kelly contributed one point in the game.
In junior high action, the Lady Raiders split this week, falling to Starkville on Monday 42-16. They were led in scoring by Sarah Dill, who scored seven points. Johanna Carnathan scored five points, and Bet Langely and Alice Amelia Wooten scored two each.
The Lady Raiders bounced back with a 40-22 win over Marshall on Tuesday.
Dill led the team again, this time with 16 points to go along with her four steals and five rebounds. Carnathan scored 13 points in the game.
Langely had seven points and nine rebounds, while Wooten and Kayla Duncan scored two each.