In a battle between longtime rival Oak Hill and Eastbrook, the Golden Eagles, coming off a tough loss to Northwestern, put together a dominant performance, holding the Panthers scoreless in the first two quarters en route to a 41-16 triumph on Saturday evening.
Oak Hill came out firing, scoring nine points in the first quarter and 16 in the second, scoring the basketball at an efficient rate.
“When you look back at the last couple of weeks, we had lost three out of our last four, so I think our confidence was really rattled,” Oak Hill Head Coach Todd Law said. “On both Thursday and Friday, we had good practices, and just really focused on getting some confidence back shooting the ball.”
Defensively, Oak Hill clamped down on Eastbrook, forcing errant shots and keeping them off the scoreboard in the first 16 minutes of play.
“In the first half, we took just as many shots as Oak Hill. The difference was they hit 10 of their 14 and we hit zero of our 14,” Eastbrook Head Coach Jeff Liddick said. “We were getting good looks, but we were just rushing the shots. We got plenty of opportunities. We just didn’t knock them down.”
The two teams scored 16 points apiece after halftime, and the Panthers were able to knock some shots down in the third quarter, but they were unable to come back from their first half deficit.
“In the second half, Rachel [Manning] started off the half for us with a couple of threes,” Liddick said. “We hit three or four more shots in the second half. It was a much better half. We shot 40 percent, but we just couldn’t knock them down in the first half. We just seemed really timid and scared out there on the floor.”
“Hopefully, we get things figured out.”
For the Panthers, Manning led the way with seven points, while Johwen McKim scored four points.
Taylor Westgate collected another double-double, leading the Golden Eagles with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kate Hornocker, Abby Shaw, and Nikki Alston each scored six.
“Our kids came out and really played well,” Law said. They played an exceptional first half. We shut them out in the first half. We played extremely well defensively, and we shot the ball really, really well tonight. It was good to break out of that shooting slump and get back on the winning side of things tonight.”