After losing a tough conference matchup to Blackford, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles ran into the juggernaut that is the Northwestern Tigers on Wednesday evening, falling behind early and never recovering in a 62-17 loss.
The Tigers, behind Purdue commit Madison Layden and Michigan State commit Kendall Bostic, built a 19-5 lead after the first quarter, and increased that advantage to 36-8 at the halftime break.
“You have to give Northwestern a lot of credit. They are No. 1 in the state for a reason,” Oak Hill Head Coach Todd Law said. “We tried some things to take Madison and Kendall away from them. Early I thought we were successful with that, but then they just started to find some ways to score. We struggled all night on the offensive end. We got good shots – we just couldn’t get them to fall. We just could not get shots to go down.”
Northwestern continued to score seemingly at will after halftime, scoring 26 more points to secure the 45-point victory.
Layden finished with 23 points, four assists, and five steals, while Bostic finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Of Oak Hill’s 17 points, Taylor Westgate scored 15 of them to go along with 10 rebounds, two steals, and a block.
“Taylor battled,” Law said. “She struggled in the first half, but I thought she came back in the second half, so that was good to see.”
Oak Hill’s attention now turns to their weekend battle with conference foe and Grant County rival Eastbrook.
“I saw some positives out of our kids,” Law said. “I thought we did a much better job of handling their press in the first half, and I thought our ball movement was good for most of the night. We are brushing this one off really quick and moving on to way more important game to us, and that’s on Saturday.”