Ryder scores 23, OG beats McComb

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – Oak Grove junior Tate Ryder scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Warriors to a 63-49 over the McComb Tigers Tuesday night. With the win, the Warriors are 3-0 on the young season.

“The team played good defense and got me open shots,” Ryder said. “We just had a good team game.”

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Oak Grove began the game red-hot from the floor as Ryder hit a 3-pointer to start the night, then Kelvin McGruder’s jumper and Brandon Tilley’s 3-pointer pushed the early lead to 9-2. Tilley’s basket was the start of a 10-0 run, too, and Kent Gilbert capped off the run with a 3-pointer of his own to make it a 16-2 ballgame.

“I think that’s how we have to play,” Brumfield said. “We have to get out to a good start. We shot the ball well, I think we had a high energy level and I was really surprised because we haven’t played in more than a week.”

McComb was able to grab a little momentum, though, finishing the first quarter with seven straight points to cut the Oak Grove lead to 17-11.

In the second quarter, Ryder took over. He began the frame like he started the game with a 3, then scored the team’s next nine points to give the Warriors a 31-15 advantage.

“Once again, the team got me open shots,” Ryder said. “It’s all about them.”

The 6-foot, 150-pound guard finished the first half with 17 points, and he scored 14 of his team’s 22 points in the second quarter. Oak Grove went into the break with a 39-27 lead.

“He did a good job, and all good teams are going to make a run,” Brumfield said. “Tate did a great job of just leading the team, and he gave us some crucial baskets at a time when we were out of sync on offense.”

McComb had its best effort in the third quarter, cutting the Warriors’ lead to 41-37 after an 8-0 run. Oak Grove quickly regrouped, though, and finished the third on a 10-4 run.

“One of our goals (to start the third quarter) was to come out hard, but we didn’t,” Brumfield said. “We just kind of hung in there the best we could and made some plays on the defensive end during that stretch. Even though they scored some points, if we didn’t make a few stops or get a few rebounds, they might take the lead.”

Stretching from the end of the third to the beginning of the fourth, Oak Grove went on a 10-0 to make it a 57-42 game. From there, the Warriors cruised.

Jaylan Redmond added 11 points for Oak Grove, and McComb was led by James Williams’ 22 points.

McComb 56, Lady Warriors 50: The McComb Lady Tigers used a hot start to grab control on the game early, pushing the lead to 10-3 quickly. A 3-pointer from Oak Grove’s Alesha Temple cut the McComb lead to 10-7, but five quick points pushed the lead back out to 15-7. The first quarter ended with the Lady Tigers leading 19-11.

Swindle and his players made an adjustment between the first and second quarters, because McComb took contested shots and Oak Grove was able to find open spots on the floor for easy buckets.

Temple and Umaya Harvey began the second with back-to-back buckets, as their teammates made the extra pass when McComb defended at the top of the paint. Harvey’s layup was the first of a 7-0 Oak Grove run to make it a 24-20 game.

The Lady Warriors took their first lead late in the second when McComb turned the ball over and Janay Baxter laid it in to give the home team a 28-26 lead, but Lady Tiger Dellesheonia Dixon scored with 2 seconds left in the half to tie the game at 28 at the break.

In the third quarter, Dixon was unstoppable for McComb. She scored 13 of her game-high 24 points in the frame, and 13 of her team’s 16 points. She helped push the lead to 44-37 by the end of the quarter.

After the two traded baskets to open the fourth, Oak Grove scored the next five points to cut the Lady Tigers’ lead to 48-44 then to 50-48. McComb, however, used a quick 6-0 run late in the quarter to extend its lead to 56-48, then it held on in the final minute for the win.

Temple and Harvey led the Lady Warriors with 10 points each.