Oak Hill girls take down Winston Academy in OT

Anna Kathryn Childress (32) plays defense against Winston Academy's Lilly Sisson (5)

Just when it looked like Oak Hill was finished, Emily Allen was fouled on a three-point attempt from well beyond the arch, giving her three free throws to win the game. Allen sank the first, but missed the next two, sending the game to overtime at 45-45.

The Lady Raiders would outscore Winston Academy 13-5 in overtime to win the game 58-50.

Oak Hill Academy took an 8-4 lead on a basket by Rachel McClain midway through the first quarter but the Lady Patriots would surge back to tie the game at 9-9 with 1:30 left in the quarter. However, a jump shot by Julia Bristow would help the Lady Raiders to a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

After going down 15-9 early in the second quarter, Winston Academy would pull back to within one, as Lilly Sisson made two consecutive baskets to make the score 16-15 with 5:05 left until halftime. Taylor Krajewski made a jump shot to pull the Lady Patriots to within 21-19, but a 5-0 run, capped by a Bristol three-pointer and a Reagan Freeman steal and layup, would give Oak Hill a 26-19 halftime lead.

Bailey Wood opened the third quarter with two consecutive layups, making the score 27-25, in favor of the Lady Raiders, but Oak Hill would then go on a 9-0 run to make the score 36-25 with 38 seconds to go in the third. After Winston Academy’s Madelyn Bright converted a three-point play, the Lady Raiders led 36-28 going into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Patriots pulled to a 41-41 tie with 3:15 left in the game, when Sisson scored two consecutive baskets. Winston Academy would take its first lead since 2-0 when Wood nailed a long two-point basket to put the Lady Patriots ahead 43-42.

After Bristow was fouled on a three-pointer and made two-of-three free throws to put Oak Hill back in front 44-43, Krajewski made a jumper to put Winston Academy back in front 45-44. Allen was then fouled on a desperation shot with three seconds left in the game. She had an opportunity to win the game with two free throws, but did make one to send it into overtime.

The Lady Raiders would come out hot in overtime, as Bristol and Allen drained back-to-back three pointers to put Oak Hill ahead 51-45. Two more free throws by Allen would push the lead to 53-45 with 1:51 left in overtime. The Lady Raiders would come away with a 58-50 win.

Bristol led all scorers with 22 points, while Winston Academy’s Sisson had 21. Anna Kathryn Childress finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and three steals for Oak Hill, while Allen added 13 points and three steals. Wood also finished with 13 points for the Lady Patriots.

Oak Hill will host Starkville Academy tonight, with the 7th grade boys starting at 3 p.m.