Girls Basketball Opens Sectional Play With Win Over North Miami

Posted on February 3, 2019 in Girl's Basketball, Winter Sports

BY TRENT SCOTT – tscott@perutribune.com
MANCHESTER – It didn’t take long for Oak Hill to get back into a groove after waiting over a week to get back onto the basketball court.

Opening IHSAA Girls’ Basketball Class 2A Sectional 37 play against North Miami Friday, the No. 3 Golden Eagles were up 10 after the opening quarter and led by 23 at halftime, cruising past the Warriors and into Saturday’s sectional semifinal against Wabash with a 54-23 win.

Oak Hill head coach Todd Law said it was a nice feeling to be back playing basketball after a lengthy delay between games.

“It felt good,” Law said about playing again. “We’re not used to having this much time off.

“We normally play Tuesday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday and we hadn’t played since last Thursday. It meant we had a lot more practice than we’re used to.”

Early on, Oak Hill fed Taylor Westgate inside for two quick baskets with two Brittany McCorkle free throws in-between for a 6-0 lead.

Taylor Tinney got North Miami on the board with a jumper before Kaela Robey added two free throws and Adrianna Trexler scored on a drive for a 10-2 advantage.

North Miami had a brief reply as Tinney hit from 12 feet out and Bailey Keim scored off a Hannah Hall steal to trim the gap to 10-6.

Those would be the last points of the quarter for the Warriors, however, as the Golden Eagles pounded away down low, getting baskets from Trexler, Robey and Marissa Wilk before the end of the period for a 16-6 lead.

One advantage Oak Hill had coming into the game was depth that North Miami couldn’t match and Law said having more bodies to use throughout the night was important to staying fresh.

“We’ve played an eight-girl rotation all year, which is a luxury a lot of girls’ teams don’t have,” Law noted. “Looking at a situation where a lot of teams didn’t get as much practice in as normal, we felt it might play to our advantage to rotate those kids in.”

Andrea Wilk notched the first two baskets of the second quarter, followed by a McCorkle floater for a 22-6 lead.

Keim got a basket before Westgate scored from close range and Janessa Hasty hit Oak Hill’s only three of the game before a steal led to a Trexler layup.

Hasty added two free throws to complete the scoring for the half as the Golden Eagles took a 31-8 lead into the break.

Oak Hill’s work on the boards was instrumental to building the lead according to Law.

“Rebounding went well,” Law said “We try to send three girls to the glass every time on the offensive end and we had eight offensive rebounds in the first half.

“The kids did crash hard and we got putbacks on several of those, which is what we needed to do.”

Oak Hill continued to pad the lead in the third quarter as Robey drew three separate trips to the free throw line along to go along with two baskets.

Westgate added five points while McCorkle scored four more as the lead grew to 49-13 after three quarter of play, Maryann Freeman scoring all five Warrior points in response.

The Golden Eagles used their reserves for the bulk of the fourth quarter with both Wilks scoring baskets and Lexi Carmichael adding a free throw in the final eight minutes while Keim scored six points in the period for North Miami.

Getting an early lead in the game was important to making sure the team eased into sectional play with a win according to Law.

“It was huge,” Law said about getting a 10-point lead at the start. “We worked on that in practice where we had a 10-minute scrimmage to start.

“We wanted to make sure we started well and we did that really well in both halves.”

Oak Hill’s win advanced the team into the semifinal of the Manchester sectional where Wabash awaits having drawn one of the two first-round byes.

Law said the team would have to continue to win on the glass against an Apache side with a stronger front court than North Miami was able to offer.

“Wabash matches a little better with us because they have a little more size inside,” Law said. “They’ve got some kids that are physical inside.

“They’ve been able to focus on us all week where we’ve had to focus on North Miami through tonight. We’ll bring the kids in in the morning, work with them and hopefully be ready to go.”

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