Girls Basketball Starts Season With Big Win Over Peru

Posted on November 3, 2018 in Girl's Basketball, Winter Sports

CONVERSE – There was a lot of anticipation and some uncertainty heading into Friday night’s season opener for the Oak Hill girls’ basketball team.

The veteran laden Class 2A second-ranked Golden Eagles, began what could be a storybook season with a convincing 71–19 victory over visiting Peru, but were without one of their four senior starters in Janessa Hasty.

“I think after three weeks of practice you are just ready to play against somebody,” said Oak Hill coach Todd Law. “We saw some good things and for the most part we did a good job sharing the ball.”

Hasty an integral part and the team’s second leading scorer a year ago could return later this month from an injury.

Junior center Taylor Westgate made sure the Golden Eagles didn’t miss a beat, leading four starters in double figures. She finished with a game high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Kaela Robey also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow seniors Brittany McCorkle and Adrianna Trexler each poured in 11 apiece.

“We want that balance with this team,” Law said. “It is something we have had the last three years.”

After trailing just 2-0, Oak Hill scored 18 consecutive points and ended the first quarter with a 24-4 lead and all five starters had scored.

“We came out and played as hard as we could,” Westgate said. “Coach pushes us so hard in practice and we were very prepared for this game.”

The Golden Eagles appeared to be in midseason form at the start shooting 19-for-34 from the floor and forcing 18 Tiger turnovers in the first half. Oak Hill used its size advantage to dominate scoring in paint and the offensive glass. In a three-minute stretch to open the second quarter, Westgate scored 10 straight points as the lead swelled to 34-8.

“Shooting will come and go,” Law said. “We’ve got to make sure we are doing the other things well consistently.” Law said. “I was pleased with the way we took care of the ball”

Oak Hill limited the turnovers to just nine as McCorkle and junior Abby Shaw orchestrated the offense. The Golden Eagles held a 43-16 rebound margin.

“I was pleased with Brittany’s play offensively tonight,” Law said. “I was very encouraged with Abby’s play tonight. Those two are really key for us right now until, especially until we get J back.”

Courtlynn Crowe led Peru with 10 points.The Golden Eagles (1-0) should be tested on Tuesday when the travel to neighboring Marion for an early season showdown.

Oak Hill also won the junior varsity contest 46-9. Carlee Biddle led the Golden Eagles with 12 points.

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