Girls Basketball Clinches At Least A Share Of CIC With Win Over Tigers

Posted on January 18, 2019 in Girl's Basketball, Winter Sports

Kaela Robey

Senior Kaela Robey scored vs. Alexandria.

BY SCOTT HUNT – shunt@chronicle-tribune.com
CONVERSE — If there were any adverse effects from Senior Night for the seven seniors on Oak Hill’s girls basketball team, they certainly didn’t translate to the court for the Golden Eagles on Thursday night.

Like most every other game this season, Class 2A No. 3 Oak Hill used its defense to quickly take control against Alexandria, and the Golden Eagles exploded for 55 first-half points en route to clinching a share of their third-straight Central Indiana Conference championship with a 76-22 win over the Tigers.

Todd Law, a veteran of 15 Senior Nights now at Oak Hill, tried to keep the emotional part of the game to a minimum, and the results came from the output of his players on the floor.

“To be quite honest with you, we did nothing, other than what goes on out there which is out of my control, we did nothing different,” said Law, noting the pregame ceremony to honor his seven seniors. “Our last two or three years I’ve had some conversations with seniors before the game and we played awful. I’ll have my time to talk to the girls about that kind of stuff. Game night, especially with a conference game, is not the time to do that.

“We just went through our normal routine, we talked about that a little bit that sometimes you can have some Senior Night blues,” he continued, “but I thought the girls did a great job coming out focused from the start and played really well.”

Oak Hill nearly shut the Tigers out in the first quarter and held a 26-1 lead after eight minutes. Alex scored 13 points in the second quarter but Oak Hill added on 29 to take a 55-14 lead to the half.

Senior Kaela Robey scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the first half while junior Taylor Westgate added 14 of her 19 through the first 16 minutes.

It was an impressive display on both ends of the floor for the Golden Eagles.

“In the past, Senior Nights have been really emotional for me because of my other teammates leaving,” Robey said. “But tonight I haven’t been emotional at all because I know that we’re going to go places. It hasn’t been super emotional because we know there is a lot more to come.”

Oak Hill shot 63 percent from the field (37-of-58) and limited Alex to just 20 percent (7-of-34) The Golden Eagles also forced 23 turnovers and committed just 10 and outscored the Tigers 22-3 in points off those turnovers.

The Eagles dominated the backboards 35-12, Westgate pulled down a game-high 10 and the 22 allowed will only shrink Oak Hill’s already miniscule 29.2 points allowed per game, which has them ranked second in the state in all classes.

Law said on the defensive end is where he’s seen the most growth out of his seniors during their four years playing for him.

“From when they were freshman – and there were times they couldn’t even line up on the right side of the defender – to potentially, if we can continue to play defense like we have been, to break the school defensive record three years in a row, I’d say thats some pretty good growth,” Law said.

Perhaps the most impressive statistic for Oak Hill on Thursday was its 27 assists on 37 made field goals.

Nine Golden Eagles scored, including all seven seniors, and seven players recorded an assist. Seniors Jenessa Hasty and Andrea Wilk along with Westgate have five assists each. Robey and senior Adrianna Trexler each dished out four helpers. Senior Brittany McCorkle and junior Abby Shaw had two assists each.

The think we really started to work with them about six or seven games in, from an offensive stand point, I felt like we looked like five individuals trying to run offense out there,” Law said. “We really started to stress sharing the basketball, making the extra pass, the extra two or three passes to get a really good shot.

“I felt like we were taking the first available shot instead of the best shot of the possession,” he added. They’ve bought into. … The thing about this team is when you challenge them, they usually rise to the occasion.”

Trexler finished with 10 points, Hasty added seven while Marissa Wilk, Andrea Wilk, McCorkle and Shaw all scored four point each and senior Lexi Carmichael added two points.

Though the hope for Oak Hill is to keep rising with the start of the tournament less than two weeks away, Thursday was about the seniors and the accomplishment of winning the third-straight CIC title, something that isn’t as easy as the Golden Eagles have made it look over the past three seasons.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Hasty said of her team’s conference titles. “That’s our team’s goal every year and I’m super happy we’ve been able to do that three years in a row, especially with my seniors.”

Law added a bit more perspective.

“Before we started this string I think we’d gone four or five years without winning a conference championship,” he said. “Just to win one is a great accomplishment. To win three in a row is a tremendous testament to those three teams who have been able to accomplish that. This conference isn’t easy especially when you have to go on the road and play some of those teams at their place. So to be able accomplish that, I’m real proud of them.”

Oak Hill (16-4) is at Eastern on Tuesday then closes the regular season at Eastbrook on Thursday.

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