Oakland's boys notched their second straight District 7 game on Friday night, pulling away in the second half to defeat La Vergne 57-34.
The Patriots' defense created difficult opportunities for La Vergne to score on offense, and as a result, the Wolverines only made one shot in the first quarter.
Although the Patriots held the lead, they still came out a little flat from the floor and only scored 11 points in the first quarter.
The second quarter started with La Vergne going on a run of its own and found itself only down by six points going into the locker room for at halftime.
Oakland was outscored in the second quarter but still managed to hold the lead. Tavon Jelks of the Patriots stepped up for his team by coming up with huge stops against the Wolverines and also led all scorers with 10 points at the half.
"My coach (Troy Bond) always tells me to have pressure on the ball because it causes a whole lot of trouble" Jelks said.
The third quarter is where the Patriots ran away with the game, and La Vergne only made two field goals.
Oakland did not have just one primary source of offense throughout the game. The ball was distributed very well and 10 different players on the roster came up with at least one field goal.
The score was 39-16 going into the final quarter of the game. Each team made four 3-pointers.
La Vergne's offense experienced a bit of a surge in the fourth quarter by scoring 18 points, but it was not enough.
"The first half was kind of ugly on both sides and not a lot of points were being put up," Bond said. " In the second half we came out and upped the tempo, and I thought our guys did a great job of creating some turnovers and tough shots. We just got more aggressive and usually in basketball the aggressor wins."
La Vergne 11
Oakland coach Jennifer Grandstaff claimed her 500th victory with the blowout win over the Lady Wolverines Friday night.
Solen Mann of the Lady Patriots led all scorers with 16 points. This game was a display of how great Oakland's offense looked as four players ended the night with double digit points.
Although Oakland had a very good night on offense, its defense showed up very strong on the night by not allowing a single point in the second half. The Lady Patriots led 45-11 at the
"It's about trying to get your kids better and it's an opportunity to compete, and we are trying to get better at what we're doing" said Grandstaff, whose team improved to 6-1 (2-0 in District 7).