Sixth year Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles basketball head coach Molly Gibson brought her charges to College Park High School for two reasons: the first one more important the other.
First, Oak Ridge came in 0-3 in district action after starting off the season hot winning eight of nine games. This game was a must win if they hope to hang around for a playoff shot come February.
Second, after six years Gibson was in search of her first ever W over College Park.
It was all good news for Gibson as Oak Ridge (10-7, 1-3) led wire to wire, upending the Lady Cavaliers 66-43. Senior Raquel Kellow started out the game draining trey after trey and didn’t stop until she was four for four with plenty of time left in the first quarter. Kellow’s hot shooting proved to be contagious, as junior Jamy Smith drained her first two threes and Oak Ridge held a commanding lead after one quarter of play, 22-11.
College Park junior Maya Hadnot and senior Andrea Velez combined for five points early in the second quarter to bring the Lady Cavaliers (5-14, 0-3) to within striking distance at 24-16.
However, Oak Ridge scored 19 straight points behind floor general Macie Chapa, as the senior dished out six assists while causing four turnovers during the run.
The Lady Cavaliers’ junior Claire Salander scored the last two points of the half and Oak Ridge was up 43-18.
Oak Ridge then cruised the rest of the way and were up 64-31 when College Park went on a 12-2 run to end the game.
Coach Gibson elaborated on her team’s play; “We finally put it all together tonight after having a rough start in district play. I feel real good with the way we are playing right now.”
Kellow led the Lady War Eagles scoring with 20. Smith had 11 and Chapa tallied eight and had six assists to go along with six thefts. Kameron Boren and Courtney Cassidy scored six each. Amanda Tyson chipped in five points and threw in two steals for good measure.
For College Park, Katie Gunther had 12 points with eight coming from the charity stripe. Hadnot contributed eight points, Velez and Devyn Fitzpatrick chimed in with five points and Salander had 4.
College Park next plays on Dec. 26-28 at the Mansfield Rotary Invitational tournament. Oak Ridge travels to College Station to play in the A&M Invitational tournament on the same dates.
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