COLCORD -For the second time this season, the Oaks Lady Warriors and Colcord Lady Hornets met on the hardwood in Colcord on February 4.
They last met in Oaks where the Lady Hornets took early control of the game, but the Lady Warriors adjusted at half time and closed the game victorious.
Again, the Lady Hornets took an early lead in the first period and never relinquished it to win the game 54 -45 over the Lady Warriors.
Oaks 54, Colcord 45
When Coach Miguel Ortiz was in high school, he was coached by Coach Mark Sherrill, and was “a very smart and good point guard” described Sherrill.
Tonight the former player brings his team to battle against his former coach.
Lady Warrior Alyssa Cummings dropped in three 3-pointers in the first period, helping the first period end with Oaks 15, Colcord 6.
While Colcord got off to a slow start, the 2nd period was stronger as Jodi Warren hit five deuces, Jenna Butts shot a 3-pointer and Payten Crittenden added her two points.
Oaks kept up the pressure and added 17 more points, including Abbi Stopp with her 3-pointer and Rachel Puckett putting six points on the board.
The half ended with Oaks 32 and Colcord 22.
Would Colcord adjust at half time and come out strong like they did in their last meet up?
Both teams were once again one point apart in scoring in period 3, which allowed Oaks to maintain their lead at the end of the 3rd period Oaks 41, Colcord 32.
The last period saw both teams put up 13 points each, prohibiting Colcord from closing the delta, leaving the game to Oaks.
The early lead established by the Lady Warriors gave them the cushion as each team scored almost identical points in the following three periods, making it a great game to watch.
“We played a lot better tonight than we did the first time we played [them],” said Sherrill. “Our first meeting was a tale of two halves: they turned the ball over in the first half and we traded roles with them in the second half.”
Coach Ortiz agreed.
“Well, they came to play; wanted more than we did; hats off to Oaks they played well enough to beat us,” said Ortiz.
“We shot the ball extremely well and didn’t allow them to have second chances,” said Sherrill.
As influenza goes through the area schools it is having an impact on sports.
“I think the sickness is starting to get to us; we really missed Madison Hamilton as she brings us a lot of energy and spark to help us get going and she was missed because of sickness,” said Ortiz.
As Sherrill looked forward to their next game.
“Hopefully, we can continue our play Friday (February 7) versus Welch and into the playoffs next week. Conditioning and fundamentals will be our focus in our practice,” said Sherrill.
“Good luck to [the Oaks Lady Warriors] as they start playoffs,” said Ortiz.
Colcord hosted Commerce at home on Friday, February 7, then the team will travel to Ketchum on Friday, February 14 to close out their regular season.