Dominant second half surges Lady Tigers to 49-22 win over Oak Grove

By ANDREW ABADIE,

OAK GROVE – Despite holding just a one-point lead at halftime the Hattiesburg girls’ basketball team took control in the second half and defeated Oak Grove 49-22 on Tuesday night. 

 

Hattiesburg held a 16-11 lead in the second quarter but the Lady Warriors chipped at the deficit and tied the game 16-16 

 

“Anytime it’s a rivalry game, everybody’s emotions are high,” Hattiesburg head coach Caronica DeBose Jackson said. “The adrenaline is going. Everybody is giving it all they got. It was kind of a back-and-forth game, but we got a little lead and they came chipped away which was what we kind of expected in the first half.”

 

With less than one second left in the half, Oak Grove drew a foul but missed out on taking the lead at the half after missing both free throws. Instead, Hattiesburg held a 17-16 halftime lead.

 

“The main thing was that I wanted us to do a better job of making decisions,” Jackson said. “They got back in it because of the decisions that we making and turning the ball over and we allowed them to get back into the game based on our decision making.”  

 

Out of the half, Hattiesburg (12-6) opened with an 18-0 run. In the first half, Oak Grove kept Melyia Grayson in check by defending the paint. However, the Tigers perimeter shooting found life as Hattiesburg nailed six 3-pointers and forced the Lady Warriors (13-8) to expand its defense. This allowed for Grayson to dominate the paint and score 13 of her 15 team-leading points in the second half. 

 

Notably Chelsea Ulmer scored 13 points and Chaise Stinson scored eight points

 

“I was happy with Melyia,” Jackson said. “She did a much better job of moving her feet. We had been on her a lot since coming back from her injury and getting her back into shape. Just moving her feet defensively, being more aggressive and rebounding. Chaise Stinson has been consistent for us over in the inside. When Melyia was out, she held it down. She has continued to help carry that torch.”

 

According to Oak Grove head coach Mark Swindle, Oak Groves’ lack of offense deeply undermined its defensive success. 

 

“We knew that Grayson was their highlight,” Swindle said. “We packed it in and made some good hustle plays. I thought we could have scored a little bit better at that point. We were playing really good defense but if we just hit a couple of free throws and a couple of shots then we could have been ahead in that first half.

 

“Second half they made some 3-pointers on us. They went back to [Grayson] and we were trying to spread out a little bit more and try and play catch up. If you score six points in a half you aren’t going to beat anybody.” 

 

Oak Grove was led by Kennidi Dean who scored a team-leading eight points. 

 

In total, Hattiesburg outscored Oak Grove 32-6 in the second half. 

 

“They made some perimeter shots that they didn’t make in the first half which kind of spread us out a little bit more,” Swindle said. “Then they went to Grayson inside and that was about it.

 

“We were proud of what we did. Still just disappointed offensively. We had opportunities to score some easy baskets and didn’t convert.” 

 

For Jackson, the second half performance was Hattiesburg’s guard play was a key highlight which was an area she wanted to develop in the game in order to establish team depth and develop momentum as team approaches the postseason. 

 

“For me, it’s being able to get some of the guards to play that don’t normally play and create a deeper bench,” Jackson said. “I think we did a much better job of that and the kids coming off the bench. It gives us a little offense and helped get the ball on the inside.

 

“This time of year, I think we have got about two more games in our division, so you want to get that momentum going in and show your progress to where you want to be playoff time.”

 

Hattiesburg will look to extend its three-game winning streak on the road against Long Beach on Friday with tipoff set for 6:15 p.m. Oak Grove will travel to George County on Friday with the game set for 6 p.m. 

 

 

Hattiesburg 49, Oak Grove 22

At Oak Grove 

 

Hattiesburg (12-6) – Chloe Thompson 2 0-0 5, Chelsea Ulmer 3 4-8 13, Ariona Coleman 1 0-0 3, Shawnderica Robert 0 2-2 2, Da’kiyah Lewis 1 0-0 3, Chaise Stinson 3 2-4 8, Melia Grayson 6 3-3 15. Field Goals: 16, Free Throws: 11-17, Total Points: 49.

 

Oak Grove (13-8) – Shakiya Bolton 1 0-0 3, Janiya Ramsey 1 0-0 2, Taylor Norman 1 0-0 2, Kennidi Dean 3 2-2 8, Nhariya McDonald 0 0-0 0, Nataliya Magee 3 0-0 6, Asia Elizabeth 0 1-4 1, Jade Tatum 0 0-2 0. Field Goals: 9, Free Throws 3-8, Total Points: 22. 

 

HA       9          10        18        14        –          49

OG       8          8          0          6          –          22

 

3-Pointers – HA 6 (Ulmer 3, Thompson, Coleman, Lewis), OG 1 (Bolton). Total Fouls HA 10, OG 16. Fouled Out: Magee. 

 

OAK GROVE – Despite holding just a one-point lead at halftime the Hattiesburg girls’ basketball team took control in the second half and defeated Oak Grove 49-22 on Tuesday night.

Hattiesburg held a 16-11 lead in the second quarter but the Lady Warriors chipped at the deficit and tied the game 16-16

“Anytime it’s a rivalry game, everybody’s emotions are high,” Hattiesburg head coach Caronica DeBose Jackson said. “The adrenaline is going. Everybody is giving it all they got. It was kind of a back-and-forth game, but we got a little lead and they came chipped away which was what we kind of expected in the first half.”

With less than one second left in the half, Oak Grove drew a foul but missed out on taking the lead at the half after missing both free throws. Instead, Hattiesburg held a 17-16 halftime lead.

“The main thing was that I wanted us to do a better job of making decisions,” Jackson said. “They got back in it because of the decisions that we making and turning the ball over and we allowed them to get back into the game based on our decision making.” 

Out of the half, Hattiesburg (12-6) opened with an 18-0 run. In the first half, Oak Grove kept Melyia Grayson in check by defending the paint. However, the Tigers perimeter shooting found life as Hattiesburg nailed six 3-pointers and forced the Lady Warriors (13-8) to expand its defense. This allowed for Grayson to dominate the paint and score 13 of her 15 team-leading points in the second half.

Notably Chelsea Ulmer scored 13 points and Chaise Stinson scored eight points

“I was happy with Melyia,” Jackson said. “She did a much better job of moving her feet. We had been on her a lot since coming back from her injury and getting her back into shape. Just moving her feet defensively, being more aggressive and rebounding. Chaise Stinson has been consistent for us over in the inside. When Melyia was out, she held it down. She has continued to help carry that torch.”

According to Oak Grove head coach Mark Swindle, Oak Groves’ lack of offense deeply undermined its defensive success.

“We knew that Grayson was their highlight,” Swindle said. “We packed it in and made some good hustle plays. I thought we could have scored a little bit better at that point. We were playing really good defense but if we just hit a couple of free throws and a couple of shots then we could have been ahead in that first half.

“Second half they made some 3-pointers on us. They went back to [Grayson] and we were trying to spread out a little bit more and try and play catch up. If you score six points in a half you aren’t going to beat anybody.”

Oak Grove was led by Kennidi Dean who scored a team-leading eight points.

In total, Hattiesburg outscored Oak Grove 32-6 in the second half.

“They made some perimeter shots that they didn’t make in the first half which kind of spread us out a little bit more,” Swindle said. “Then they went to Grayson inside and that was about it.

“We were proud of what we did. Still just disappointed offensively. We had opportunities to score some easy baskets and didn’t convert.”

For Jackson, the second half performance was Hattiesburg’s guard play was a key highlight which was an area she wanted to develop in the game in order to establish team depth and develop momentum as team approaches the postseason.

“For me, it’s being able to get some of the guards to play that don’t normally play and create a deeper bench,” Jackson said. “I think we did a much better job of that and the kids coming off the bench. It gives us a little offense and helped get the ball on the inside.

“This time of year, I think we have got about two more games in our division, so you want to get that momentum going in and show your progress to where you want to be playoff time.”

Hattiesburg will look to extend its three-game winning streak on the road against Long Beach on Friday with tipoff set for 6:15 p.m. Oak Grove will travel to George County on Friday with the game set for 6 p.m.

 

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Hattiesburg 49, Oak Grove 22

At Oak Grove

Hattiesburg (12-6) – Chloe Thompson 2 0-0 5, Chelsea Ulmer 3 4-8 13, Ariona Coleman 1 0-0 3, Shawnderica Robert 0 2-2 2, Da’kiyah Lewis 1 0-0 3, Chaise Stinson 3 2-4 8, Melia Grayson 6 3-3 15. Field Goals: 16, Free Throws: 11-17, Total Points: 49.

Oak Grove (13-8) – Shakiya Bolton 1 0-0 3, Janiya Ramsey 1 0-0 2, Taylor Norman 1 0-0 2, Kennidi Dean 3 2-2 8, Nhariya McDonald 0 0-0 0, Nataliya Magee 3 0-0 6, Asia Elizabeth 0 1-4 1, Jade Tatum 0 0-2 0. Field Goals: 9, Free Throws 3-8, Total Points: 22.

HA 9  10 18 14  – 49

OG  8 8 0 6  – 22

3-Pointers – HA 6 (Ulmer 3, Thompson, Coleman, Lewis), OG 1 (Bolton). Total Fouls HA 10, OG 16. Fouled Out: Magee.