Oak Mountain girls pull away from Leeds with balanced attack

Published 2:34 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Publisher

LEEDS – In a season of ups and downs, the Oak Mountain girls basketball team was able to put together one of their best performances of the season on both ends of the court Tuesday, Dec. 12 in a win over the Leeds Greenwave.

The Eagles used a strong defensive effort to help create separation throughout the night, putting together their best effort defensively this season by limiting Leeds to 29 points and nine or less in every quarter of the game.

That became the difference, as the offense put together a 50-point night, the second best showing this season, to earn a 52-29 win.

With the strong defensive effort, Oak Mountain was able to steadily pull away on the offensive end of the floor, which started in the opening quarter.

Giving up six points defensively, the Eagles were able to reach double figures at 13 points to gain an early seven-point advantage thanks to five points from Raegan Whitaker and four points from Caroline Kester.

It was the second quarter, however, that made the big difference.

The offense put together one of its best quarters of the night with 16 more points, but the defense controlled the frame, limiting the Greenwave to five points, which allowed the Eagles to build a 29-11 lead going into the half.

The halftime break didn’t do anything to slow the Eagles down either. Instead, they came out and put together their best offensive quarter of the game in the third quarter with 21 points.

Three different players scored at least four points in the period for the Eagles, while the defense held Leeds to single digits once again at nine points. That allowed them to extend the lead to 50-20 going to the final quarter.

That became more than enough cushion with the way Oak Mountain’s defense was playing, as the Eagles finished the game off by giving up just nine more in the final quarter, while the offense tacked on two more points to complete the 52-29 victory.

Kester led the Eagles with 16 points, while Whitaker chipped in 13 points. Joy Damron added eight, while eight total players scored for Oak Mountain in the win.