The Oak Hill Oaks girls basketball team have been tough to defeat this season, but they finally met their match in the district games. The Oaks lost to Lynchburg-Clay Monday night at the Waverly downtown arena, ending their long run season. Lynchburg took the game with a 23 point lead, beating Oak Hill 52-75.
Assistant Coach Chuck Miller blamed the loss on, “too many turnovers.”
“We had 16 turnovers in the first quarter. With about two and half minutes left in the first quarter, it was five to four. And we went on a spurt there where we turned the ball over four or five times in a row,” Miller explained. “By the end of the first quarter it was 23 to five. After that we played them pretty even, but we just dug ourselves too big of whole.”
Coming so far, the Oaks brought a lot of nerves with them into the game. Though they were able to shake them, the impact early on was more than the girls could handle.
“The pressure we’ve been preparing for all week, we took care of it most of the night pretty well. But, after that two or three minute stretch in the first quarter, we just couldn’t come back from it,” said Miller.
The Oaks have had an incredible season in addition to a long tournament run.
“We started off four and three early on. After the 17th or 19th of December, we went on a run and we won 14 out of 15 games,” Miller stated. “We came into the tournaments one of the hottest teams around with a lot of confidence. We just played a poor game at a bad time tonight.”
Oak Hill has come so far because of some hard working starters, who have pushed the team to accomplish some major goals.
“We have four really great seniors that are leaving us. They’re the core or our team. These guys led us all year. We’re going to miss them a bunch. We’re going to be very young next year. They’re going to have to step up,” Miller concluded.
Of those was Bethany Blanton, who led for Oak Hill Monday night. Blanton scored 17 points from two-twos, four-threes and one of two free throws. She was supported by Jalea Caldwell, who scored 10 points for the Oaks. She scored from three-twos and four of six free throws.
Leading for Lynchburg was Peyton Scott, who scored 22 points from nine two-point baskets and four of six free throws. Scott was also the top shooter of the game.
Also scoring in the double digits was Hannah Binkley with 19 points from nine twos and one of one free throws and McKayla Binkley with 14 points from seven-twos.
Lynchburg-Clay will go on to play Fairland Saturday at Waverly for the championship.
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