Girls Basketball Takes Care Of Business Against Mississinewa

Posted on December 14, 2011 in Girl's Basketball, Home, Winter Sports

By Matt Wilson

GAS CITY — The Class 2A No. 8-ranked Oak Hill girls’ basketball team overcame a slow start to run away with a 56-27 victory at Mississinewa on Saturday afternoon.

The win improved the Golden Eagles to 8-0 and 2-0 in the Central Indiana Conference, while the Indians dropped to 1-8 and 0-2 in league play. Mississinewa has lost seven straight games.

After trailing for the first four minutes of the opening quarter, the Eagles only led 9-6 after one frame. Oak Hill then turned up its defensive pressure, as the Eagles forced the Indians into six turnovers while outscoring Mississinewa 15-5 in the second quarter to take a 24-11 lead into halftime.

“Our defense picked up about midway through the opening half,” Oak Hill coach Todd Law said. “Early in the game, we were passive and laying back, and not getting at people and guarding them. Then we started to force some turnovers which turned into easy transition-basket situations.”

The Eagle defense forced the Indians into 27 turnovers and 10-for-34 shooting from the field. Mississinewa, which came into the game averaging 36 points a game, was limited to its second-lowest scoring output of the season.

“We have got to find a way to score some points,” Mississinewa coach Kaley Barnes said. “The girls are going to figure that out in practice because we are just going to keep putting shots up until we can’t shoot anymore.”

The Indians only trailed 11-10 early in the second quarter after consecutive field goals from junior Kim Jones. Mississinewa, however, was held without a field goal for the remainder of the half and didn’t hit another basket until Nicollette Watkins’ jumper at the 4:53 mark of the third quarter.

Only up 11-10, the Eagles ended the second quarter on a 13-1 run to take a 24-11 lead into halftime. Senior Jessica Davenport scored the first two baskets during the rally, while sophomore Sammi Metzger had another three points.

Through three quarters, Mississinewa limited an Oak Hill team that came into the game averaging 58 points per game to only 37 tallies. The Indians allowed Oak Hill 19 points in the fourth quarter.

“The good thing about today was that we stuck to our game plan,” Barnes said. “I try to prepare for the players for each game that we are going to play, and today we wanted to show strong defense against their players in the middle. We did that, and we played with energy on defense.”

Davenport led the Eagles with 13 points. Sophomore Rene Spaulding came off the bench for 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from the foul line. Bench play has been one of the areas Law has been pleased with. In Oak Hill’s 56-39 win over Maconaquah on Tuesday, Metzger came off the bench to lead the Eagles with 18 points.

“I really feel like we have seven starters, but unfortunately they only allow us to start five at a time,” Law said. “Rene had two good practices this week, and I’m glad that translated into the game today.”

Jones led Mississinewa with eight points.

Oak Hill plays at Wabash on Tuesday. Mississinewa plays at Yorktown on Wednesday.


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