In a contest where the Oak Hill Golden Eagles’ offense had trouble finding their rhythm, their defensive play, as well as their performances on the boards, helped to carry them last Tuesday evening in a 43-23 triumph over the Southwood Knights.
“We were really struggling to score tonight,” Oak Hill Head Coach Todd Law said. “We did not shoot the ball real well. It was just one of those grind-it-out games. It was a not a game where we particularly played well, but we did what we had to to get the win.”
The Oak Hill defense was stellar, holding Southwood below 10 points in three of the game’s four quarters. Furthermore, they held Southwood to just eight-of-38 from the field (21 percent) and five-of-21 (23 percent) from beyond the arc.
On the glass, Oak Hill outrebounded Southwood by a margin of 34-18, which included 13 offensive rebounds.
“When you are struggling, [defense and rebounding] are areas that you have to be good in,” Law said. “And we were. We need to continue to work at it and get better.”
Oak Hill built a 7-2 lead after the first quarter and never relinquished it, outscoring the Knights 36-21 the rest of the way.
Kate Hornocker led the Golden Eagles with 13 points to go along with seven rebounds, and continues to get better with each passing contest.
“I was really pleased with Kate tonight,” Law said. “She just continues to get better and better. She did a really nice job tonight, especially finishing shots inside. She boarded well. She scored well for us. She had three blocks. So I thought she was solid for us.”
Taylor Westgate finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Nikki Alston recorded seven points in 11 minutes off the bench.