Stan Hughey’s squad is back on track. After pulling off their fourth straight win Tuesday night, this time a 65-49 contest over Lamar in Meridian, the Lady Raiders look primed and ready for a run at the district and state title. Oak Hill used a high scoring first half to pull away early from the fifth-ranked Raiderettes and hold them at bay despite a 24-point performance from Olivia Mabry. The Lady Raiders stuck with their identity of balanced scoring, which is almost always a winning recipe for this team.
Shay Atkins and Sarah Dill were the leading scorers for Oak Hill with 16 and 14 points. Maegen Ellis and Rachel Herndon finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Anna Ready added six points, and Sydney Holton scored three.
Friday night, the Lady Raiders’ decorated senior class will play on their home floor for the last time, hoping to go out with a bang in front of their hometown fans before setting their focus on a deep postseason run. The Lady Raiders will tip off at 6 p.m. against Carroll Academy
Raiders avoid disaster on the road
By Stephen Ross
Daily Times Leader
It was never pretty, but the job got done. Looking to avoid another three game skid, the Oak Hill Raiders hit the road Tuesday night for a rematch against Lamar in a 42-39 victory. Playing solid on both end of the court, Oak Hill looked well on their way to another convincing win. Suddenly, the Raiders lost their identity. Lamar scored easy buckets off of Oak Hill’s sudden tendency to gamble for the ball rather than guard fundamentally sound. The Raiders grew stagnant on offense and the dribble-drive game became nonexistent, resulting in a tie game at the half.
Coming out of the half the Raiders picked their level of intensity up, starting the third quarter with a 7-0 run. Oak Hill held Lamar to four points in the entire quarter and took a seven point lead into the final quarter. However, Lamar opened with a three pointer to tighten the game again. The Raiders struggled yet again to capitalize on their free throws, shooting 10-21 from the charity stripe. With seconds remaining and Oak Hill holding a six point lead, Lamar scored four straight points off of turnovers. Riley Pierce hit a free throw to extend the lead back to three, and Lamar missed a half-court buzzer beater that would have sent the game into overtime.
John Wesley Williamson and Riley Pierce led the Raiders in scoring with 10 and nine points, respectively. Matthew Gwathney added eight points and 11 rebounds. Jeb Stevens finished with five, while Drake Riley and J.J. Bridges scored four points each. Drew Riley added two.
The Raiders will play their final regular season game against Carroll Academy at home on Friday night. The Junior High teams will play tonight and Saturday in their district tournament.