David Reeder

OAKS - A pair of quality quarters by the Lady Warrior offense weren’t enough to overcome the horrendous ones that started the game and the second half against Westville, Thursday night, at Osburn Field House.

And in the boy’s game the Warriors, after playing to a 9-9 tie in the first, suffered through 3 successive 7-point periods falling by 25 points to the Yellow Jackets.

As previously mentioned, things did not start well for the Lady Warriors as they suffered through 8 turnovers and 7:50 of the opening quarter before finally sinking a basket.

In the meantime, Westville’s Camilla Weaver put in 6 of her game high 19 and was joined by 4 teammates to score 15 in the first.

Down by 11, the Oaks girls rallied for their best offensive quarter in the next frame. With 6 points, Cheyenne Foreman led the 18-point outbreak that saw the Lady Warriors pull within a half dozen at the break.

Trailing 28-22 to start the second half, Oaks shot 3 of 12 from the floor and 0 for 5 from the free throw line, to score only 7 in the third.

Weaver poured in 8 more to pace the Lady Jackets 17, stretching their lead to 16 with 8 minutes left to play in the game.

Rashelle Hutchins scored 6 and sophomore Laurie Osburn put in 5 of her team high 11 for the bulk of Oaks’ 17 fourth period points.

But with 6 points by Westville’s 6-2 senior , Brianna Wilson, Westville put in 13 more to hold off their hostesses by 58-46 final score.

In the subsequent boys’ game, the Warrior’s burned over half of the opening period clock before Tanner Philpot got them on the scoreboard at the 3:28 mark.

And paced by half of his team high 10 points, Logan Reasor and the Warriors battled to a 9-9 deadlock at the end of the first quarter.

But that was as close as Oaks would ever get. On the heels of a pair of Oak’s Douglas Thompson buckets, Westville’s Corey Shewmaker answered with 9 of his game high 19 points, as the Yellow Jackets scored 15, while holding the Warriors to only 7.

Down by 8 to start the second half, Oaks shot 3 of 13 from the floor and turned the ball over 6 times for another 7 point period.

And while Oaks struggled on offense, Shewmaker added 7 more to go with 5 from Chandler Wilson as Westville put together their best scoring stanza of the contest.

With the Yellow Jackets on top by 18, the remainder of the game was played out by the respective benches. And for the third quarter in a row the Warriors scored only 7, while 7 visitors combined for 14 and the 55-30 victory.