Coming off of their impressive over Eastbrook the weekend before, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles won their second straight contest on Friday night, leading from wire-to-wire in a 49-42 triumph over the Alexandria Tigers.
“I think our defense was the difference in the game tonight,” Oak Hill Head Coach Kevin Renbarger said. “Alexandria is a very solid offensive team and run their stuff very well. Our kids did a good job of locking in on their preparation and forcing Alexandria to take over half of their shots from the three point line. Keeping Alexandria from scoring on back doors, ball screens or shuffle screens was the number one key for us.”
Oak Hill got off to a hot start, building a 13-4 lead after the first quarter of play behind some big plays from backup center Ryan Pederson, who finished with six points and four rebounds in the first eight minutes.
“Ryan is a great teammate and has been totally bought in to the success of the team as a whole,” Renbarger said. “About 5-6 games ago, he realized that his effect on the team could and should be much more than a back up to Tristen. He has thrown himself into some of the little things that we need to be successful and he has used those things to gain confidence for himself. That confidence has led him to step out into a more impactful role on this team.”
The Tigers pushed back, cutting the lead to four, 22-18, at the halftime break, but the Golden Eagles never lost the lead.
Neither team shot well in the third quarter as the two teams combined to score just 15 points, but a 19-point fourth quarter by the Golden Eagles helped them secure their eighth victory of the season.
“It was very good growth out of our team to respond to runs the caliber of Alexandria,” Renbarger said. “That team is the Madison County champion and they did it by going through Anderson and Pendleton Heights. We knew they were going to make a run, they are very good at executing their offense. I thought our team did a great job of getting stops when we needed them.”
Clay McCorkle led the Oak Hill offense with 13 points, while Tahj Johnson and Tristan Hayes each finished with 10 points.
Oak Hill will be back in action this coming weekend when they travel to Fairmount to take on Madison-Grant.
“Madison-Grant is another team that is a very good offensive team,” Renbarger said. “They have a ton of individual weapons that on any given night can beat us. It will be a big challenge for our kids. It is on their home court as well. Madison-Grant has historically shot and played very well at home. It will be a tough game. The CIC horse shoe is on the line, hopefully our kids will be up to the challenge.