Lady Raiders mount comeback to defeat Hebron

ulia Bristow looks for an open teammate against Hebron Christian
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BRIAN HAMILTON
Staff Writer

Oak Hill Academy watched a six-point halftime lead turn into a 10-point deficit early in the fourth quarter before rallying for a 48-45 win over Hebron Christian Thursday night.

The Lady Raiders used pressure defense and some shots began to fall, helping Oak Hill mount their comeback.

“We picked up our momentum a little bit and stopped throwing the ball away so much,” Oak Hill head coach Mindy Bowman said. “We played really good defense, got some scoring generated, and did a pretty good job of finishing up.”

Hebron wasn’t able to be as aggressive as they would have liked due to foul trouble late in the game.

“We were in big foul trouble going into the fourth quarter,” Hebron head coach William Cotton said. “I had one starter fouled out and the others were carrying four fouls.”

The game was tightly contested throughout, as each team stayed close to one another throughout the first half. It was a tie game at 24-24 with 2:30 left in the first half when Oak Hill mounted a 6-0 run to close the second quarter with a 30-24 lead. The run was capped by Julia Bristow’s buzzer-beating layup.

Hebron would come out strong in the third quarter, as Racheal McGrew scored two consecutive baskets to cut the Lady Raider lead to 30-28. McGrew would later score to tie the game at 32-32 with 5:03 remaining in the third.

Micah Thompson stole the ball and raced down the court for a layup, giving the Lady Eagles a 34-32 lead. Hebron outscored Oak Hill 17-5 in the third quarter for a 41-35 lead.

The Lady Eagles’ lead would grow to 45-35 after Thompson made another steal and score and Eliana Carter hit a driving layup.

That would the last score for Hebron, as Oak Hill closed the game on a 13-0 run. The Lady Raiders played sound defense to help claw their way back into the game and a three-pointer by Emily Allen with 3:34 left put Oak Hill ahead 46-45.

“We had to take control and get control of the basketball,” Bowman said. “We were playing good defense and creating turnovers, but we were coming down and throwing the ball away, so we had to settle down and put the ball in the goal.”

Allen faked a three-pointer and drove to the basket for a layup, giving the Lady Raiders a 48-45 lead with 3:11 left. That would be the last score as Oak Hill held the ball on offense and Hebron wasn’t able to muster up any offense with McGrew fouled out of the game.

Cotton said his team struggled once McGrew fouled out of the game and stressed the importance of staying out of foul trouble.

“McGrew was fouled out and I just didn’t have anything else to throw at them,” Cotton said. “The biggest thing I can do is tell her ‘If you want to play a full game, you’ve got to stop the fouling.’ I’d rather keep you in the game than for you to get a rebound.”

McGrew and McKinsey Wedel led Hebron Christian with 12 points each, while Thompson finished with 10 points.

Anna Kathryn Childress led all scorers with 21 points, 13 rebounds and four steals, while Bristow finished with 10 points, seven steals, five assists and four rebounds.

“Anna Kathryn did a great job from the free throw line and scoring,” Bowman said. “Annabelle Miller did a good job on defense, defending probably their best player.”

Oak Hill improves to 2-1 with the win, while the Lady Eagles suffered their second straight setback to fall to 3-2.

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