Under Head Coach Todd Law, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles have been a team that has hung their hat on their defensive play, particularly in recent seasons.
But on Tuesday night, the Golden Eagles uncharacteristically struggled on the defensive end of the floor, giving up 42 points after halftime in an eventual 61-46 defeat to the North Miami Warriors.
After the first quarter, the two teams were locked at 10-10, and thanks to a late surge, the Golden Eagles took a three-point lead at halftime despite poor play.
“I can sum the entire game up in four words – total lack of effort,” Law said. “We played very poorly in the first half. We just did not come out and play hard in this game at all. We made a little run in the last minute and a half and got a lead. They led most of the first half.”
But after halftime, the Warriors completely took over the contest, outscoring the Golden Eagles 42-24 in the final quarters, including 20-9 in the fourth stanza, to secure the victory and hand the Golden Eagles their seventh loss of the season.
“I challenged the kids at halftime, and they came out even more flat,” Law said. “We just didn’t work really hard tonight, and didn’t act like we wanted to be out there. For an Oak Hill team to give up 61 points…there’s no excuse for that other than we weren’t ready to play and we did not play with any effort whatsoever.”
Taylor Westgate collected a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Carlee Biddle scored nine and both Kate Hornocker and Abby Shaw collected seven.