Oakridge Middle eighth-grade girls basketball team takes wins

December 13, 2013 


• The eighth-grade Oakridge Middle School girls basketball team dominated Banks Trail on Dec. 9, winning 31-11. The Lady Golden Eagles led wire to wire in a game that involved outstanding defense, hustle and hard work. Every Lady Golden Eagle contributed to this win. Leading the way for Oakridge were: Madison Lybrand,12 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists; Amber Lipscomb, 11 points, 9 steals, 6 rebounds; Brenna Allen, 2 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals; J’Menii Isaac, 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 assist; Emily Tsiukes, 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Megan Hanson, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; and Krystal Nielsen, defense locking up the point guard all day long and forcing double digit turnovers.

• The eighth-grade boys basketball team lost a hard fought game Dec. 9 to Banks Trail, 38-21. Oakridge played better than in their first game – communicating well, playing tough defense and moving the ball well on the offensive end. Unfortunately, the Golden Eagles’ shots were not falling. Contributing for the Golden Eagles: Jonathan Harris, 5 points, 6 rebounds; Hunter Walden, 5 points, 6 rebounds; Kendall Strout, 4 points, 3 rebounds; David Saleeba, 4 points; Austin Gunnels , 2 points, 3 rebounds; and Luke Darling, 1 point.

• The seventh-grade boys lost to Banks Trail on Dec. 9, 47-22. The team showed improvement offensively. The Golden Eagles were led by Camden Largen with 9 points and Blake Keffer with 5 points. James Linn, Heze Massey, Jackson Zinser, Wade Birkenbach and Taylor Stoneburner also contributed points to the effort.

• On Dec. 9, OMS seventh-grade girls lost to a strong Banks Trail team, 21-17. The team battled for four quarters playing excellent defense throughout creating 18 steals. Contributing for the Golden Eagles were: Tiona Walls, 6 points, 5 rebounds, 7 steals; Tiffany Domingue, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 6 steals; Sarah King, 4 pts, 5 rebounds, 2 steals; Madison McMullan, 2 points, 1 steal; Megan Bailey, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Kenzie Cook, 1 rebound; Emma Johnson, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; and Deylonn Harkey, 2 rebounds.

• The seventh-grade OMS boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker on Dec. 12, 24-22, on a three-pointer with nine seconds to go in the game. The boys played hard but had difficulty finding the bottom of the net. The team was led by Camden Largen, 6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals; and Collin Schmolze, 6 points, 4 rebounds. Blake Heffer, 4 points, 4 rebounds; Heze Massey, 4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals; Alex McClure, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; and Julian Taleferrio, 2 points.

• Fort Mill made two free throws with one-tenth of a second left on the clock to beat the Oakridge seventh-grade girls basketball team, 23-22, on Dec. 12. The girls played good defense, but couldn’t get shots to fall. The team had 21 steals on the night. Contributing on both sides of the ball were Emma Johnson, Tiffany Domingue, Tiona Walls, Megan Bailey, Madison McMullan, Kenzie Cook, Shia Jones, Deylan Harkey, Taylor Blake and Sarah King.

• The eighth-grade boys lost in a close game Dec. 12 to Fort Mill with a final score of 29-24. The game was tied going into the fourth quarter, but missed free throws and late turnovers gave Fort Mill the upper hand in the end. Contributing for Oakridge were: Austin Gunnels, 8 points; Kendall Strout, 5 points, 6 rebounds; David Saleeba, 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Hunter Walden, 3 points; Colby Ratliff, 2 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals; Alex Raine, 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and he played incredible defense on Fort Mill’s best player the entire game.

• The eighth-grade girls played their best overall game of the season Dec. 12, dominating Fort Mill 41-9. The Lady Golden Eagles jumped out to a 9-2 lead after the first period of play and never looked back. Oakridge was sharp on both ends of the court all night and received contributions from all players on the team, with everyone logging several minutes. Leading the way for the Lady Golden Eagles were: Madison Lybrand, 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 assists; Brenna Allen, 12 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals; Amber Lipscomb, 9 points, 8 steals, 2 rebounds; Jackie Van Slambrook, 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Emily Tsiukes, 5 steals; Taylor Copley, 1 rebound, 1 block, 1 assist; Ashley Atkinson, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Annie Erven, 1 rebound; and J’Menii Isaac, 1 assist.


On Dec. 10, OMS wrestling fell to York Middle School 70-12. Winning for the Golden Eagles during the match were Bent Prikker and Owen Johnson. Winning in the preliminaries were Britt Myers and Connor Kilpatrick.


Games start at 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


• Dec. 17 vs. Sullivan, home

• Jan. 7 vs. Dutchman Creek, away

• Jan. 11 vs. Fort Mill Qualifier, away, 8 p.m.

• Jan. 14 vs. Clover, home

• Jan. 18 vs. Carolina Open, away, 8 p.m.

• Jan. 22 vs. Castle Heights, away

• Jan. 28 vs. Saluda Trail, home

• Feb. 1 Conference Tournament at Castle Heights, 8 p.m.

Head coach: Timothy Lee

Assistant coach: Wayne Richardson

Boys’ basketball

• Dec. 19 vs. Gold Hill, away

• Jan. 9 vs. Springfield, away

• Jan. 13 vs. Banks Trail, home

• Jan. 16 vs. York, away

• Jan. 23 vs. Fort Mill, away

• Jan. 27 vs. Clover, away

• Jan. 30 vs. Gold Hill, home

• Feb. 3 Conference Game, seventh

• Feb. 5 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Feb. 6 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Feb. 10 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Feb. 11 Conference Tourney, eighth

Eighth-grade coach: Dan Kozlowski

Seventh-grade coach: Jeff Rolf

Assistant coach: Craig Elliott

Girls’ basketball

• Dec. 19 vs. Gold Hill, home

• Jan. 9 vs. Springfield, home

• Jan. 13 vs. Banks Trail, away

• Jan. 16 vs. York, home

• Jan. 23 vs. Fort Mill, home

• Jan. 27 vs. Clover, home

• Jan. 30 vs. Gold Hill, away

• Feb. 3 Conference Game, seventh

• Feb. 5 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Jan. 6 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Feb. 10 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Feb. 11 Conference Tourney, eighth

Eighth-grade head coach: Don Pitts

Seventh-grade head coach: Khrys Dundr

Assistant coach: Melissa Tiernan

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