Lady Raiders get easy win over Lady Eagles
By ETHAN HARRIEL
It was more of the same for the Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders last Tuesday night.
The Lady Raiders came into the game against Hebron Christian with the reputation of a high-scoring, fast-paced offense and that didn’t change against their fellow Clay County school in a 63-38 victory.
Oak Hill outscored Hebron 34-10 in the first half on the way to the win.
"We lost a competitive game one earlier in the season, but ever since then, we've built a lot of momentum off our past games, which has helped us come out quickly and take early leads." Lady Raider coach Nora Smith said. “Our chemistry is one of our top priorities. It's good to have those seniors be leaders and have a culture of trust between the seniors, younger players, and myself.”
Trusting the younger players worked well for Smith and Oak Hill in claiming the dominant decision as junior Ceirston Tarwacki was the night's leading scorer with 15 points, followed closely by senior Harley Vaughn with 13 points.
Smith said Tarwacki stepped up when she came into the game.
"I'm really pleased with how our bench performed (Tuesday night),” Smith said. “Ceirston was able to come in during the second and get our momentum going again when we started to slow down. It's invaluable to have those players, especially the young ones, who can come in off the bench and make an immediate impact."
Tarwacki said her ability to produce points was a result of teammates finding her.
"I came in and immediately got the ball to make some plays,” Tarwacki said. “It felt good to start the scoring again. This is what makes the game fun, and when we are having fun, it seems like we play our best version of basketball."
The Lady Raiders travel to Louisville on Tuesday to face Winston Academy in its second Class 4A, District 3 game of the season.
"All in all, it was a strong win to see before district play starts," Smith said about the momentum established against the Lady Eagles.
Tuesday’s action between Oak Hill and Hebron varsity boys was canceled.
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