Golden Eagles win third straight, use three-ball to defeat Manchester

After a rocky 1-3 start, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles seem to have found their footing.

Against Peru on Wednesday evening, Oak Hill put together another solid performance, highlighted by a 21-point third quarter to defeat the Tigers by a score of 50-30. 

Oak Hill jumped out to a 14-6 lead after the first quarter of play, but the Tigers battled back, scoring 11 points in the second to cut the Golden Eagles’ lead to 19-17 at halftime. 

But in the third quarter, Oak Hill pulled away, scoring 21 points while holding Peru to just two. 

“We played well in the first quarter, [and then we] played an excellent third quarter, by far the best quarter of the season for us,” Oak Hill Head Coach Todd Law said. “We played extremely well defensively,    and it was by far our best offensive output of the season. I was really pleased with that.” 

Holding a 21-point advantage, the Golden Eagles were not threatened in the fourth quarter, as they ultimately secured the 20-point triumph. 

For the third time in their last four contests, the Golden Eagles shot the ball at an efficient rate, particularly from beyond the arc. Against Peru, Oak Hill shot five-of-nine (55 percent) from the perimeter. 

“We saw some bright spots,” Law said. “We are continuing to shoot the three really well, which is starting to open Taylor up inside a little bit more, so that’s good. Carlee hit two tonight, Abby hit two more, and Coleena hit one. That’s really good to see.”

Defensively, the Golden Eagles were equally as effective, holding Peru to 36 percent (14-of-38) from the field and 25 percent (two-of-eight) from long range. 

“We had a defensive goal – to try to hold them to 30,” Law said. “And we made that.”

Furthermore, Oak Hill outrebounded Peru by a margin of 27-15, 10 of which came on the offensive glass. 

Overall, the Golden Eagles knocked down 19 of their 40 shot attempts, good for 47 percent, and their self-assurance is clearly growing with each passing contest. 

“I think it’s just taken a little while for some of them to get the confidence in their shot,” Law said. “Now, they are not hesitating. If they are open, they are shooting, and they are hitting them.”

Taylor Westgate led the Golden Eagles with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Abby Shaw collected 12 points. Kate Hornocker was the third Golden Eagles to finish in double figures, scoring 10 to go along with seven boards.

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