Christiana visited Oakland on Monday and the home crowd was treated to two razor thin victories as the Lady Chargers won 33-31 and the league leading Charger boys also won 45-42.
The girl’s game featured lots of hustle and effort, some horrible free throw shooting by both teams and some fabulous play from Christiana’s Whittington twins, Amanda and Alexia, who had six points with numerous rebounds and 13 points, respectively.
Oakland’s Elexis Walls was the game’s leading scorer with 14 and Daja Boyd had seven.
Oakland won because they were at home, were lucky and had a deeper bench.
Christiana was behind by small margins most of the night, and it really hurt the Cougars that Amanda Whittington was sick and unable to go 100 percent. The squads will meet again.
The boy’s game was more of the same.
Both teams are loaded with good athletes and both were unbeaten in league play. We could argue but the Cougars and Chargers may be the county's best.
Oakland head coach Brad Decker told me at the half his Chargers might be scared of the super-quick, well-coached Cougars.
I’m not sure if he was right or not, because his Chargers responded and won the second half despite the fact that Christiana coach Cory Alley threw everything he had at the Chargers.
Christiana’s Preston Barge, a smooth point guard, had 13 points followed by Gentry Bonds with nine and forward Sidney Bell had six.
Make no mistake, Christiana can play defense; they are quick and hit the boards hard.
Oakland finally won in the last few seconds because of 12 points from their center, Dre Litcher, 11 from Wanya Moton, seven from Omar Lyons and the passing and hustle from Cody Miller.
The game was tied 32-32 at the end of three but Oakland had another gear and won the fourth quarter.
Although Rockvale, Blackman, La Vergne and others will have a say, these two teams could meet again for the county title next month.