After a 1-3 start, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles are starting to find their footing.
And behind some strong shooting from beyond the arc on Saturday evening, the Golden Eagles collected their third straight win, defeating the Manchester Squires 40-34.
The Golden Eagles had their fair share of struggles, including a number of turnovers in the first two quarters, but their three-point shooting, which has been effective over their last three contests, kept them in the game, as Manchester took a 20-18 lead at halftime.
A 17-5 run between the second and third quarters helped Oak Hill take the lead for good, while their defense held Manchester to just 14 points.
“We started kind of sluggish and really did not play well in the first half,” Oak Hill Head Coach Todd Law said. “I was really disappointed with our actual effort in the first half. I challenged them at halftime, and I thought our kids responded well in the second half. We played with much more effort on both ends of the floor and were able to grind and fight our way back into it.”
For the game, the Golden Eagles shot seven-of-16 from beyond the arc. Abby Shaw knocked down five, while Audrey Leak and Carlee Biddle each had one.
“As most teams are, they were trying to double and triple team Taylor [Westgate,] and in the last three games, we’ve shot the three extremely well,” Law said. “We were seven-of-16 for 43 percent, and you’ll take that anytime. And we had a lot of different kids make a three tonight.”
“We are getting kids to finally start taking that shot. And they are starting to hit them. If we continue to do that on a consistent basis, it’s going to make teams have to come out and guard us.”
The Golden Eagles are beginning to garner positive results from their play. Now, for Oak Hill, it’s about building on those positives going forward.
“We played well enough in a half to be able to win a game, but obviously, we are going to be playing a lot of teams where we can’t [just] play a half,” Law said. “Hopefully, we’ve learned that lesson, and we’ll come out in the next game and be able to play 32 consistent minutes.”
Shaw led the way with 15 points, while Westgate collected another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.