Wins get Oak Hill ready for stretch run

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

Calhoun Academy played perfect hosts Monday night, giving up a pair of easy wins to visiting Oak Hill Academy as the Raiders pick up some momentum heading into the stretch run of their district schedule.

The Oak Hill boys struggled early before getting cranked up in the second half on the way to a 55-31 victory over the Cougars.

The girls took an opposite approach, blowing out to an early 33-10 lead and then giving everyone lots of playing time enroute to a 57-17 win.

The boys led just 13-8 after one quarter and 21-14 at the half. But a 16-point third quarter that included eight points from Brandon Stevenson and an 18-point final period were enough to erase any doubt.

The win made it four in a row for the Raiders whose last loss came Jan. 4 against district foe Central Holmes, a game in which they blew a 20-point lead.

They get a chance to avenge that loss when they travel to Central Holmes Christian Friday night.

In Monday night’s game, the Raiders logged the win with only one player in double figures — Stevenson finished with 10. Instead, balance up and down the line up was the order of the night as Cooper Hill scored 10, Ash Cullum tallied eight, Jaden Craven, Nate Lamkin and Daniel Harrington added six each, Dalton Magers posted four, and Aiden McLain, Cohen Trolio and Charles Raines rounded things out with two a piece.

Balance also was the name of the game for the girls who led 15-4 after one quarter and 33-10 at the half.

In that first quarter, the Lady Raiders were 9 of 16 from the free throw line. They were five for 8 in the second period. They ended up 18 for 30 for the game, which is one of their best percentages of the year.

Rachel McLain led the scoring parade with 12 points while Carley Wooten added nine and McKenzie McGee had seven. Julianne Glusenkamp, Reagan Freeman, and Sims Bryan scored six each, and Sydney Pierce and Laura McBrayer logged four each.

“It gave everyone a chance to play and to rest some people,” Coach Cindy Bowman said of the win.

Both Oak Hill teams were at Kirk Academy Tuesday night, in another tune up for Friday’s Central Holmes clash.

The Raiders host East Webster Jan. 21 in non-conference games and then close out the regular season with district games against Carroll Academy at home Jan. 22 and on the road at Winona Christian and Marshall Academy. Jan. 25 and Jan. 29