OAK HILL – Oak Hill played lights-out defense and used a balanced attack to beat intra-county rival Wellston, 64-34, on Wednesday night.

Chloe Chambers went off for the Lady Oaks (8-4), scoring a game-high 19 points, 11 of those points coming in the first quarter, and added four points in the second, as well as the third quarter.

“Chloe has been working hard to keep herself out of foul trouble. She has come a long way,” said Oak Hill head coach Doug Hale. “She shot some jumpers tonight, which was good because people have been loading up on her around the basket, so she has to be able to step out and hit those shots.”

Brooke Howard added 16 points, and Olivia Clarkson had 12 points, while Baylee Howell had eight, Emily Doss six, and Jordan Howard three in a balanced scoring attack by the Lady Oaks.

As a team, Oak Hill finished with six made three-pointers and shot 80 percent (8 of 10) from the free-throw line.

Wellston (2-5) trailed 10-9, following three 3-pointers, including two by Daycee Clemons and one by Madison Potts. From there, the Lady Oaks’ defense forced a four-minute, 28-second scoring drought while extending their lead to 13 with a 12-0 run to close the period, following a three-pointer from Jordan Howard.

“Wellston knocked down three 3-pointers in the first part of the game, and we weren’t getting out and closing out as well,” said Hale. “Then we made some adjustments adding a little defensive pressure, and we got going in transition, which helped us extend the lead.”

Makenna Kilgour began the second quarter, making one of two free throws for Wellston, but Oak Hill extended its lead to 26 points (38-12) after Clarkson’s three-pointer sparked a 16-2 run. The spurt by the Lady Oaks was capped on a layup basket by Doss with 3:09 remaining.

Potts scored eight points, including two three-pointers during a 10-5 run by Wellston to end the first half, as the Lady Rockets trailed 43-22.

“Our footwork was bad coming off screens tonight. There was no rhythm to what we were doing, and the fundamental things against the press were exposed tonight,” said Wellston head coach Scott Sturgill. “We struggled to inbound the basketball, which is something we have to get fixed real quick. We have a 24-hour turnaround before going to Meigs on Thursday night.”

Oak Hill held Wellston to just three points in the third quarter, as Lauren Cheatham converted a three-point play with 5:07 left. The Lady Oaks led 57-25, after closing the period with a 6-0 run on a field goal by Brooke Howard and a layup by Chambers, followed by two made free throws.

The Lady Rockets had four different players score points in the fourth quarter, as they outscored Oak Hill 9-7. Kimmi Aubrey had four points to lead the way for Wellston, while Potts, Jayla Sawyer had two points each, and Cheatham had one.

“It was nice to get out of our league and play a non-league opponent,” said Hale. “I talked to Scot (Sturgill) before the game, and he told me this was the 21st day with his team, and this is day 61 for us. With the COVID season, they (Wellston) are playing from behind, but I look for them to be good later in the year.”

Potts was the only Wellston player to score in double figures, as she finished with 13 points. Aubrey and Clemons scored six points each, while Cheatham had four, Kilgour three, and Sawyer two.

The Lady Rockets returned to TVC-Ohio Division action on Thursday at Meigs, while Oak Hill played at Pike Eastern in a SOC Division II contest.

Wellston 63, Athens 48

ATHENS – The Wellston Lady Rockets led Athens the entire way, as they beat the Lady Bulldogs, 63-48, snapping a three-game losing streak last Saturday afternoon.

Lauren Cheatham led the way with 21 points on 6 of 13 shooting to improve the Lady Rockets’ record to 2-4 overall while adding their first Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division win of the season.

Cheatham’s 21 points marked a career-high scoring performance, while she also led the team with 12 rebounds. Daycee Clemons drained five three-pointers, while she and Jenna Johnston tallied 15 points each. Johnston also collected eight rebounds for the game. Makenna Kilgour scored seven points, while Madison Potts added four points, and Taylar Spencer had one.

The Lady Rockets finished with 34 rebounds for the game while committing 22 turnovers. The team shot 41.9 percent (18-43) from the field while connecting on 8 of 16 (50 percent) from three-point range. They also shot 63.3 percent (19 of 30) from the free-throw line. Cheatham led the way at the foul line for Wellston, as she converted on 9 of 12 attempts.

Athens was led by Bailey Cordray-Davis and Kesi Federspiel with 11 points each, while Annika Benton added 10.