Ladies Can’t Keep Up With the Highlanders 67-37

The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles (1-3 and 11-12) traveled across the highway for a Tuesday night tilt with the 19th state ranked Lady Highlanders (5-0 and 18-4) and suffered their third district loss of the season, 67-37.

The Woodlands jumped out to a 12-0 lead before Celeste Rypien opened the Lady War Eagles scoring with a 12 foot jumper. The always present Oak Ridge spirit was in full gear but it was never enough to make a run at the talented Lady Highlanders whose bench players could throw together a team and get a spot in the 14-5A postseason.

Coach Molly Gibson emptied her bench as every Oak Ridge player saw extensive playing time which will be huge in the ongoing battle to try and secure a playoff spot in this tough district. Chantal Franco and Celeste Rypien led the Oak Ridge scoring with seven points each. The Woodlands junior, Anna Strickland had a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards. Sarah Seefeldt added 11 points to go along with seven rebounds as 12 Lady Highlanders found the basket.

Oak Ridge actually had a better shooting percentage on the night than The Woodlands but the taller Lady Highlanders had 26 more chances as a result of out-rebounding Oak Ridge 56-29. Give the Lady War Eagles credit as every one of those 56 rebounds were contested and The Woodlands had to earn every basket which resulted in their 26% shooting.

In playing so aggressively, the Lady War Eagles fouled eight more times than The Woodlands putting the Lady Highlanders on the line 33 times of which they made 25. Oak Ridge was 4-10 from the line. The Lady War Eagles had eight thefts on the game to The Woodlands three.

Worthy of Note:

In playing a much taller team that includes 6’4″ post Kelsey Lang and 6’1″ forward Anna Strickland, Oak Ridge was forced to play their normal physical game. At times, bodies from both teams were flying all over the floor. Whether it be Oak Ridge or The Woodlands who dealt the punishment, a hand was offered every time. Yeah, it was a rough game but sportsmanship prevailed.

Oak Ridge plays at home on Friday night versus Lufkin while The Woodlands travels to Kingwood as both teams round out the first half of district play.

Comments to Doug Sarant at doug@oakridgenow.com

STATS:

Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
The Woodlands 21 13 16 17 67
Oak Ridge 7 6 16 8 37
Team Stats The Woodlands Oak Ridge Girls Basketball
Points 67 37
Field goals 20-77 (26.0%) 15-51 (29.4%)
3 point field goals 2-7 (28.6%) 3-10 (30.0%)
Free throws 25-33 (75.8%) 4-10 (40.0%)
Rebounds (Total-Off.) 36-20 24-5
Assists 3 10
Turnovers 23 40
Steals 3 8
Total fouls 14 22
Points in the paint 22 12
Bench points 51 20

The Woodlands (* denotes starter)

Player MIN REB AST STL BLK TO F PTS
#23 Strickland, A. 19 10 1 1 0 5 1 14
#24 Seefeldt, S. 20 7 0 0 0 2 2 11
#44 Lang, K. 17 9 0 0 5 2 2 8
* #05 Westfall, K. 12 3 0 0 1 1 1 7
#22 Bradley, P. 16 0 1 0 0 2 1 6
#32 Nutt, B. 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
* #10 Boyd, A. 12 1 1 1 0 2 0 5
#25 Breiner, M. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
#31 Lormand, M. 9 1 0 0 1 0 2 3
* #12 Hargraves, A. 16 2 0 1 0 2 1 3
* #04 Evans, K. 12 1 0 0 0 4 1 1
* #20 Shaver, C. 9 2 0 0 0 3 0 0
#01 Cornish, M. 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
#33 Franklin, A. 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 36 3 3 7 23 14 67

Oak Ridge Girls Basketball (* denotes starter)

Player MIN REB AST STL BLK TO F PTS
#10 FRANCO, C. 21 3 2 3 0 5 1 7
#15 RYPIEN, C. 22 2 1 1 1 4 0 7
#23 SCIBEK, D. 14 3 2 0 0 5 4 5
#34 BEEMAN, C. 14 2 0 0 0 1 4 5
#20 BASS, K. 11 3 0 2 1 2 4 3
#1 LAWSON, B. 25 5 1 0 0 6 1 3
#12 BATTLE, L. 9 1 0 0 0 6 0 3
#24 MANNING, J. 16 1 0 1 0 4 2 2
#33 JACKSON, T. 12 4 2 1 1 1 3 2
#4 SCHMIDT, N. 17 0 2 0 0 6 3 0
Totals 32 24 10 8 3 40 22 37

Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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