You know a class act when you see one and Tuesday at Southwood the Oak Hill boys basketball team showed they are in that category. That statement had nothing to do with the game, but the action of the Oak Hill team and the words of their coach before and after the game.
The entire Oak Hill team and coaching staff showed up and coached in pink JessStrong shirts in support of Southwood student Jessica Foley who was diagnosed with Luekemia on Christmas day. Oak Hill coach Kevin Renbarger stated, ” I have scouted Southwood a few times and the Southwood students inspired me to be part of something special. A lot of things are more important than basketball.”
The Knights came out inspired to start the game, going on a 7-0 run. Shane Smith and Nathan Hollars hit two pointers before Smith drained a three in the first minute and a half and the Knights were rolling. After an Oak Hill bucket, Knight forward Jackson Blair took over. Blair would hit four times, one being a three pointer and the Knights led 18-10 after one.
As hot as the Knights were in the first quarter, they were as cold in the second. Oak Hill scored the first four points to cut the lead to 18-14. A Smith bucket and two Corey Phillipy free throws kept the Knights up six at 22-16 before the Eagles made a move. Oak Hill would score the next 14 points over a five minute span to take a 30-22 lead before Blair hit right before the buzzer to make it 30-24 at the half.
The Knights would claw their way back to start the third. Jackson Blair hit to start the quarter and after an Eagle bucket Southwood got two free throws from Smith and a bucket from Corey Phillipy to cut the lead to 32-30 with 3:29 remaining. Oak Hill would score the next 7 points to increase their lead to 39-30 before the Knights made one more push. Robbie Cole drained a three and was followed by a bucket from Ross Phillipy at the buzzer to make it 39-35.
To start the fourth quarter it looked as though Oak Hill was going to run away from the Knights. The Eagles started the quarter on a 8-2 run to build a 10 point lead at 47-37. Jackson Blair would then take things in to his own hands, connecting on three straight three pointers to bring the Knights back to within three at 49-46 with 2:37 to play. Oak Hill had a 51-46 lead with 2:01 to play. Shane Smith would then convert a three point play with 1:08 left, making it 51-49 and score again with .08 seconds left to knot the score at 51. Oak Hill would call time out to set up a play, taking a shot with 3 seconds remaining and missing, with Southwood getting the rebound and calling time out with 1.7 on the clock. The Knights would attempt a full court pass that was caught by Smith just outside the arch, launching a shot that rattled the rim, just missing and it was overtime.
Oak Hill would silence the crowd and take the Knights completely out of the game, scoring the first 10 points of the overtime to take a 61-51 lead that was to much for the Knights to over come, falling 64-54.
Leading the Knights was Jackson Blair with 23 points. Shane Smith had 16, Corey Phillipy 8, Robbie Cole 3, Nathan Hollars 2, Ross Phillipy 2.
The junior varsity topped Oak Hill 39-37.
Leading the scoring was Luke Elliott with 9 points. Logan Paris had 8, Jacob Lloyd 6, Dolph Struck 5, Alex Harmon 4, Noah Kirk 3, Brennan Kelly 3, Austin Schlemmer 2.