Girls Basketball Opens With Big Win Over Peru

Posted on November 4, 2017 in Girl's Basketball, Winter Sports


PERU – Class 2A Preseason No. 2 Oak Hill began its charge for another crack at the girls’ basketball state title Friday night with a thumping 61-28 win at Peru.
The Golden Eagles put pressure on the hosts immediately with their pressing game but, while able to force turnovers, struggled initially to convert the loose balls into points.
The transition baskets soon came late in the period from Brittany McCorkle and Auja Smith as the visitors turned an 8-4 lead into a 17-6 advantage after a quarter of play.
Oak Hill head coach Todd Law said the team started off well, leading 8-2, but struggled not to get too far ahead of themselves.
“We started well and hit a lull where we got very impatient offensively,” Law said. “(Peru) went to a 3-2 zone and we tried to score off of one or two passes instead of getting the ball movement that we wanted.
“Towards the end of the second quarter, we got on a run where we turned our defense into offense.”
A 6-2 start to the second quarter for the Tigers, which brought the lead down to 19-12, prompted a time out from the visitors two-and-a-half minutes into the period.
Getting the team to slow down the offense in the half court and increase the chances to run off of defense pressure was what Law aimed for during the break.
“We talked about being more patient on offense,” Law noted. “We also challenged them defensively to work a little bit harder in the press, get down and get out on our fast break.
“We want to get out and run and that’s one area we were pretty pleased with tonight.”
From that point forward, Oak Hill outscored the hosts 12-0 to end the half, utilizing turnovers on the interior from Taylor Westgate and Adrianna Trexler to feed McCorkle on the break.
The Golden Eagles struggled to get the ball inside in the first half due to Peru’s zone defense but had little trouble to start the second half as Westgate and Trexler knocked down a pair of baskets each to extend the lead to 41-12.
Meanwhile, the visitors held the Tigers without a basket for over eight minutes before Maegan Sinkovics got a layup to fall.
Westgate continued to punish the hosts on the inside and by the time the quarter ended, Oak Hill led 54-20.
Law pointed to better spacing and passing as part of an improved third quarter offensive performance from the team.
“What was happening in the first half was we were penetrating on the dribble and then trying to pass the ball to the same area we were penetrating,” Law said. “We did a better job of spacing and flashed some different girls inside to catch the ball and look for Taylor in the third quarter.”
With the game well in hand, the Golden Eagles were able to use their reserves liberally throughout the fourth quarter to see out the rest of the game and start the 2017-18 season with a win.
Oak Hill hosts Marion Tuesday with Law reiterating that patient play on the offensive end would be vital to knocking back the Giants.
“We have to continue to improve our communication defensively,” Law said. “We’ve got to continue having more patience moving the ball because we’re going to see the same kind of zone and some man-to-man out of Marion.
“They’ve got some size inside, so we have to do a much better job of moving the ball to move them out on the floor and play defense.”

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