Despite an error-filled first half and a double-digit deficit in the third quarter, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles came roaring back, putting together a win streak for the first time this season with a 57-55 overtime win over the Southwood Knights.
It was all Southwood in the opening 16 minutes. After taking a 13-9 lead after the first quarter, the Knights dominated the second, outscoring the Golden Eagles 19-5, which included an 18-0 run to end the half.
“[We had] 22 first half turnovers,” Oak Hill Head Coach Kevin Renbarger said. “Never heard of that before. We didn’t come mentally prepared to play and it showed almost every trip down the floor.”
However, after halftime, the Golden Eagles began to settle in. The Knights took a game-high 20 point lead early in the second half, but Oak Hill began to cut down on their turnovers and find their offense, using a 16-4 surge of their own to cut the lead to 42-34.
The Golden Eagles carried all the momentum in the final quarter, throwing the Southwood offense out of sync on defense while continuing to claw their way back into the contest. After forcing overtime, Kody Dubois hit the game-winning three with 22 seconds remaining, completing Oak Hill’s comeback.
“It sounds relatively simple in that we took better care of the ball,” Renbarger said. We traded turnovers for shots and were able to couple that with stops. We had a really good second half that was very encouraging in many respects. We were able to gather ourselves from a poor first half performance and put together good possessions.”
Tristan Hayes led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 14 points, while Konnor Cabe finished with 11 and Dubois eight.