Defending champs open season with loss to Norwell

With a new look roster, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles opened their 2019-2020 campaign on Wednesday evening, falling to 3A No. 4 Norwell by a score of 63-45.

The Golden Eagles struggled with turnovers all evening long, particularly in the first half. The Knights took advantage of those giveaways, scoring 19 points in each of the first two quarters to take a 38-18 lead at halftime.

For the game, Oak Hill turned the ball over 33 times.

“We had turnover problems in every quarter,” Oak Hill Head Coach Todd Law said. “Norwell, obviously, has a very good team coming back – kids with a lot of experience – and we’ve got a lot of inexperience. And it looked like it in the first half. We threw the ball away a lot.”

However, despite the final score, Law was pleased with how his team performed after halftime. They got some good looks on offense, and their defensive play also improved.

“I thought our kids settled down a little bit better in the second half,” Law said. “We actually won the second half 28-25, so I was proud of them for that.”

Oak Hill shot 41 percent from the field (14-for-34) and 72 percent (16-of-22) from the foul line, while outrebounding the Knights by a margin of 29-24.

Taylor Westgate led the Golden Eagles with 30 points on 9-for-12 shooting, while Abby Shaw finished with nine.

“We’ll get better. They are just a really good team. We just have to continue to stay focused in practice on getting better each day. As we progress through the year, we will see improvement from them.”

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