Oak Hill loses tough pair at Winston

Staff Writer

Oak Hill Academy let a big early lead slip away and then couldn’t stop dribble penetration in a critical fourth quarter Friday night in a 48-45 loss to homestanding Winston Academy.

In the girls game, Winston Academy’s center took over the game in the last quarter to turn a close game into a 40-24 victory over the Lady Raiders.

The Raiders led 12-1 after blitzing the Patriots in the first quarter. But the game began to change in the second period as Winston turned the tables, outscoring the Raiders 14-7 to cut the deficit to 19-15 at the break.

The Raiders extended the lead to 32-27 through a tight third quarter only to see the wheels come off down the stretch.

Winston Academy won the final quarter 21-13 to seal the win.

“We had our chances. But when you go one for seven from the free throw line and only lose by three points it tells the story,” Coach John Bauer said.

“Defensively I thought we played well for the first three quarters. About the middle way through the fourth, we started allowing too much dribble penetration and they got lay ups or we fouled them and put them on the line,” the coach added.

Patriot senior Blake Peterson did much of the damage, scoring 16 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Six of those final quarter points came at the free throw line.

In all, Winston hit nine free throws in the final period.

Collin Mills, another senior, finished with 15 points, including seven in the fourth.

Senior Nash Vanlandingham helped keep the Patriots in it with eight of his 10 points in the third quarter.

The loss wasted a big night from Pak Hill’s Cooper Hill, who 22 points, including eight each in the first and third periods. Brandon Stevenson scored 10, including eight in the second half.

Nate Lamkin had six on two three-pointers, Daniel Harrington scored four, Ash Cullum two and Dalton Magers one.

In the girls game, Winston, which features three college signees, led throughout but couldn’t put the pesky Lady Raiders away until the final period. The score was 11-5 at the first stop, 19-11 at the half and 23-17 after three stops as the Lady Raiders edged closer with a low-scoring defensive third quarter.

But the Lady Patriots’ 6-1 center Lilly Sisson took over in the fourth quarter, hitting 10 of her game-high 19 points. She had 14 in the second half.

Julianne Glusencamp led Oak Hill with six points, Carley Wooten had five, Reagan Freeman four, Anna Grace Reed and Sara Nash three each, McKenzie McGee two and McKenzie Middleton one.

“I was proud of their effort. We played hard the whole game, but again struggled to put the ball in the goal. It’s all preparing us for district play starting Dec. 14. The shots will start falling,” said Coach Mindy Bowman.

The Raiders start district play Friday when Marshall Academy visits West Point.