Lady Raiders keep composure to beat Lady Cougars at home

Despite going down 16-13 right before halftime to the Starkville Christian Lady Cougars, Oak Hill did what was necessary to come back and won a 42-28 home decision.
By: 
Danny P. Smith
Daily Times Leader

WEST POINT – Losing the lead was handled much better by the Oak Hill Lady Raiders on Thursday night.

Despite going down 16-13 right before halftime to the Starkville Christian Lady Cougars, Oak Hill did what was necessary to come back and won a 42-28 home decision.

The Lady Raiders did not respond to that kind of adversity well earlier in the season, but head coach Mindy Bowman said they have made strides in that area.

“We are finally getting in our groove back and starting to play the way we are capable of playing,” Bowman said. “I was proud of how we held that composure, slow down and did the things they needed to do.”
Oak Hill got off to a good start by scoring the first eight points of the game. Carley Wooten had six of those points.

Emma Hicks hit a pair of free throws for the Lady Cougars, but the Lady Raiders still held an 8-2 lead after the first quarter.

Wooten hit a couple of more baskets as Oak Hill maintained its six-point advantage at 13-7 with 3:22 remaining.

Starkville Christian went on a 9-0 run and gained a 16-13 lead with 12 seconds left before halftime on a basket by Olivia Moore.

Dovie Suggs hit a free throw for Oak Hill to cut the margin to 16-15 at halftime, then Wooten had the first four points of the second half to give the Lady Raiders a 19-16 lead. 

“She was a beast and she played great,” Bowman said of Wooten. “She had some great rebounds. They all played well. We played as a team and I’m very proud of them. We’re trying to get ready for our district.”
Oak Hill did not trail again as it went up 29-20 after three quarters and outscored the Lady Cougars 13-8 in the fourth quarter to hold on.

Wooten ended up with 24 points for the Lady Raiders (3-5), while Rachel McLain added 13 points.

“They have a really good team,” Starkville Christian coach Luke Buckner said. “They also played hard and are very well-coached.”

It was the second loss in a row for the Lady Cougars as they saw their record fall to 8-5.

“We are still in a slump,” Buckner said. “We had a bright second quarter and I was like, ‘hey they are back,’ then we continued to struggle from there on. I’m still proud of them. They played hard. They always play hard. We just didn’t get our shots to fall and made some bad passes.”

Tanner Smith had 14 points for Starkville Christian.

Boys Game
Oak Hill Academy 68,
Starkville Christian 32

The Cougars had an early lead, but the home standing Raiders imposed their will and pulled away in the second half.

Judah Buckner hit three baskets with one being a 3-pointer and Starkville Christian went up 7-4 with 5:22 remaining in the first quarter.

Oak Hill got three consecutive shots from 3-point range to gain the 13-7 advantage at the 2:08 mark.

The Raiders expanded the margin to 23-10 after the first quarter and to 42-20 by halftime.

Cohen Trollio scored 12 points to lead Oak Hill (7-1) and Daniel Harrington added 11 points.

Bucker and Eigan Ballard had 14 points each for the Cougars (3-10).

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