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The boys and girls basketball teams from Taylorsville High School traveled to Heidelberg on Friday evening for a double-header with the Oilers. Both schools were represented with tremendous effort, and each came away with a win, as sound victories were claimed by the Lady Tartars and the Oilers.

Coach Angela Moore’s unit came out firing on all cylinders in the first match of the night, leaning on great perimeter shooting to claim a large lead early on. Junior guard Sunni James hit back-to-back shots from the perimeter near the end of the second quarter to give the Lady Tartars a 29-11 lead going into halftime. “[Sunni] made some big shots for us from the perimeter,” said Coach Moore. “We had a lot of people step up on the scoring end of the game, and I thought our post play was tremendous.”

The second half was more of the same for the Lady Tartars. Junior guard Jerryonne Owens led the team with 10 second half points en route to a 48-29 victory. Owens led all scorers in the game with 18 total points, followed by Sunni James who registered 11. Coach Moore and her team are thrilled to be playing well late in the season, and they will look to capitalize on the momentum in their next game tomorrow evening against Simpson Academy.

 

 

Each school took an entirely different role during the boys’ game, with the home team Oilers putting together an impressive defensive performance from start to finish.

“We’re more of a zone team this year,” shared Coach Billy Wright. “Never wanted to be a zone team, but that’s the team we have to be. We sort of migrated to it during the middle of the season, and I think we did a good job of protecting the zone tonight.”

“Did a good job” is perhaps an understatement, as the Oilers only allowed five points to be scored by their opponents in the first period. Their efforts continued throughout the night, only allowing double digit scoring totals by the Tartars in two of the four quarters in the game. The Oilers’ lead progressed from quarter to quarter climaxing with a 63-40 score at the final buzzer.

“We’re getting better,” said Coach Wright. “We’re a young team, and late in the season is when you want to see your team getting better. So we’ve got to keep working and be ready for our next game against Bay Springs.”

(Article written by Brad Crowe)