Note: This sports recap appears in the Wednesday, Dec. 4 newspaper on Page B3.
OAK HILL — On an afternoon in which shots weren’t falling for other players, Caitlyn Brisker and Chloe Chambers picked up the slack.
The duo combined for 40 of Oak Hill’s 45 points, but a bank shot from Northwest’s Reagan Lewis with 3.8 seconds left allowed the Mohawks to escape with a 46-45 victory over the Oaks on Saturday.
The height of the Mohawks presented problems that the Oaks couldn’t solve in the first half.
Despite missing shots, the Mohawks had more second-chance opportunities which gave them a 10-6 lead after the first quarter as they shot 5-of-11 from the floor.
However, the Oaks found a little footing as began converting on the other end. Trailing 14-13, Brisker drove to the basket and got the lay-in to give Oak Hill its first lead of the game at 15-14 midway through the second.
It was short lived though as Haidyn Wamsley scored the next two buckets and the Mohawks went on an 11-3 run to end the half with a 25-18 lead.
Realizing that they had to use their speed, the Oaks quickened the tempo in the third and mounted a rally.
They began forcing turnovers and finding ways to get Chambers in 1-on-1 matchups under the rim. Once they had the matchup, Chambers converted and score the first six points of the quarter.
Two free throws later from Peyton Miller capped an 8-2 Oak Hill run and tied the game at 26 just two minutes into the second half.
The Oaks outscored the Mohawks 13-5 in the quarter and held a 31-30 lead going into the final eight minutes.
Although momentum was on the Oaks’ side, the Mohawks continued to plug away and quickly seized their chances.
Getting out in transition and spacing the floor, they opened up a 9-3 run capped by a jumper from Ava Jenkins to reclaim the lead 39-34.
However, Brisker put the Oaks on her back and scored six of the next seven points in spectacular fashion. She made the shot and got fouled for an and-1 opportunity. Despite missing the free throw, she got the offensive rebound and made the putback.
Then she came up with a steal on the Northwest inbound pass, got fouled and made both free throws to give Oak Hill a 43-41 lead.
Yet the tides were just about the tide in spite of Brisker’s standout play. With just 45 seconds left in the game and Oak Hill leading 45-42, Wamsley buried a jumper to cut the lead down to one point.
Oak Hill committed a travel that turned the ball back over to Northwest with 14 seconds left. After inbounding the ball, Lewis received the ball on the left side of the court, took two dribbles to the right side from just inside the free throw line and hit the bank shot for the win.
Brisker finished the game with 30 points and five rebounds, while Chambers added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Oaks.
Oak Hill is back in action this week on Thursday at Eastern and Monday at home against Wheelersburg in SOC II action.