Oakland basketball takes sweep over PCA

Oakland’s Myah Sutton scored 25 points in the Lady Patriots 61-27 win over PCA on Nov. 29. FILE

Oakland’s basketball teams swept Providence Christian Monday night, with the girls winning 61-27 and the boys holding off the Lions 63-58.

The boys’ game featured the perimeter shot and both teams letting the ball fly. The game was close throughout the first half as Oakland had a one-point lead, 11-10, after one period.

PCA came back behind the outside shooting of Max McMurry, who scored 15 points of his 24 points in the first half.

‘We scheduled adversity, PCA coach Kerry Hammonds said. “We have BA, MBA, Oakland, McCallie. “We scheduled these teams so when we get to district play the guys will have seen it.

“We knew they were an offensive rebounding team, and (Carey) Williams got offensive boards and a lot of stick backs.”

Oakland is 3-0 on the season while PCA is 1-5 with district play looming soon.

In the second half, the game continued to be close as Oakland outscored PCA by five to take a 43-42 lead into the last eight minutes.

In the final quarter, Oakland made a few enough shots and cashed in at the free-throw line to clinch the game.

“I thought PCA did a good job,” Oakland coach Dyron Birdwell said. “They forced us to play badly, and we were not at our best. (Carey) Williams made some plays, got some rebounds. Coach Kerry Hammonds does a good job.

“He has been at PCA several years and I have been here three games. I have not had my full team with me yet.”

BOX SCORE

PCA (58): Max McMurry 24, Tryce Grinsing 11, MJ White 10, Eli McFarland 6, Anderson Reddell 4.

Oakland (63): Carey Williams 19, Elijah Armstrong 12, Marshall Ashley 10, Brody Burchard 7, Carrington Allen 7, Bronson Crisp 6, Jevon Ballard 2.

GIRLS

Oakland 61, PCA 27

Oakland put a zone press on early, and PCA turned the ball over and got in an early hole at 9-0 as it was 15-5 at the end of eight minutes.

The closest PCA got was 24-17 with around three minutes left in the first half. From there, Oakland extended the lead and poured things on. In the second half, Myah Sutton and Carleigh Wilson hit key perimeter shots to extend the lead to 40-19.

Sutton scored 13 of her 25 points in the first half and hit five outside shots. Carleigh Wilson added 12 and Ni’Kiah Chesterfield chipped in 11 for Oakland as it improved to 3-3 on the season.

PCA fell to 0-3.

“(Myah) Sutton is playing well and is making good decisions,” Oakland coach Shelby Campbell said. “Her IQ is better and she plays very smart. When we share the ball and are balanced we are at our best as we want to speed teams up this year.”

For the second time this season, PCA did not score a field goal in the second half as it made eight free throws.

“These kids are getting playing time and experience that I was not expecting,” PCA coach Tara James said. “I am hoping it will help when we get to district play. I do not want the kids to lose confidence, but district play is most important and I am not worried about our record.”

BOX SCORE

PCA (27): Daisy Gale 9, Abby McFarland 8, Maggie Markham 8, Adora Nwosu 2.

Oakland (61): Myah Sutton 25, Carleigh Wilson 12, Ni’Kiah Chesterfield 11, Beth Nelson 6, Zariyah Murray 3, Keylvary Scales 2, Kalise Bass 2.