PDT Sports Writer
ATHENS — If Oak Hill coach Norm Persin wanted efficiency from his ball club Saturday afternoon, the No. 2 Oaks may have written a new definition of the term.
By running long offensive possessions, Oak Hill passed its Division III Southeast District Semifinal test by pounding the paint to eliminate No. 6 Meigs 49-32. The Oaks advance to next Friday’s district final against No. 1 Sardinia Eastern, which defeated No. 4 Chillicothe Southeastern 64-44 earlier in the afternoon.
“We said that we’ve got to attack, we have to attack,” Persin said.
For the game, Oak Hill was 18-of-37 from the field in the school’s first district appearance since the Oaks won the 2009 Division IV State Championship.
Oak Hill led from wire-to-wire in the contest, starting the game with a 9-1 run while the Marauders missed their first nine shots while turning the ball over on eight occasions. Persin chalked up the effort to the full week’s worth of preparation.
“We did a really good job of preparation and I thought our (reserves) were very instrumental in that,” Persin said. “They ran through their offense with their shuffle cut and their flex. We were very well prepared for that.”
Meigs slimmed the lead in the second half to six points on two occasions but the Oaks used high-percentage shots at timely spots to extend the lead. For the game, Oak Hill held a 40-12 advantage on points in the paint.
Nathan Kidd led the Oaks with 13 points on a perfect six-of-six night off the bench. Persin is glad to see the versatility out of his senior.
“He was a tremendous spark, he got to the rim, he hit a key three,” Persin said. “The thing about it, why he got to the rim was because he got a couple of steals and that got us going early. We can start him, we can bring him off the bench, it doesn’t matter to Nate (because) he’s just been an instrumental kid.”
Before the start of the fourth, the Marauders had committed one foul the entire contest. They decided to put pressure on Oak Hill at the line. The Oaks were fouled 10 times in the fourth and were 10-of-12 from the charity stripe in the final 1:57 of the game to salt it away.
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Meigs 3 10 9 10 — 32
Oak Hill 11 10 12 16 — 49
Meigs — Phelps 1-0-2, Boyer 1-2-4, McKinney 4-2-11, Sheets 3-1-8, Stewart 1-1-3, Ulbrich 2-0-4, Totas 12-6-32.
Oak Hill — Stiltner 3-0-6, Haislop 3-5-12, Kidd 6-0-13, Fisher 0-1-1, Love 3-2-8, Hammond 3-2-9, Totals 18-10-49.
3-Point Goals — Meigs 2 (McKinney, Sheets); Oak Hill 3 (Haislop, Kidd, Hammond).
Records — Meigs 10-12; Oak Hill 20-4.