PEDRO — In Sports, athletes often refer to the regular season as meaningless, especially when postseason aspirations come into the equation. And to many times, teams play well during the year and underachieve during postseason tournaments.
The Oak Hill Oaks are the latest team to make an earlier than expected exit from the playoffs. No. 2 Oak Hill lost to No. 7 Chesapeake 54-47 in overtime in a Division III Southeast Sectional finals game.
The Oaks were led by senior Leanna Adkins who scored 13 points while making three 3-point field goals.
Layne Roseberry also had a strong performance, scoring 11 points while hitting two treys of her own.
Oak Hill shot the ball well during the opening half as the Oaks led 30-19 at the intermission.
However, in the third quarter, Chesapeake limited Oak Hill’s offensive production as the Oaks only managed eight points in the quarter. To make things worse for Oak Hill, the lady Panthers found their own offensive groove as Chesapeake put 17 points on the board in the third.
“When you make shots, it makes the whole game easier,” Oak Hill coach Doug Hale said. “When we didn’t make them, we really needed to get down and defend, and we didn’t do that. Coach Ball had his curls rolling.”
Kaylee Curry and Sydnee Hall provided a tough one-two punch for the Panthers. Curry finished the game with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Hall finished the game with 16 points, including a 10-10 performance from the charity stripe.
“(Kaylee) Curry was someone we knew we needed to guard, we just didn’t do a very good job of it,” Hale said.
“Also, Hall was quick of the dribble. She got in the lanes on us some. Even though we struggled offensively, I really felt like we had been playing so well defensively and making plays, but we just didn’t make any plays tonight.”
In the end, when the Oaks committed a foul, Chesapeake made them pay dearly. The Panthers were 17 out of 22 (.773 percent) from the free-throw line, which played a major outcome in the game.
“To their credit, they made the foul shots at the end,” Hale said.
Despite the struggles, Oak Hill had an opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation but Roseberry missed the a two-point field goal.
In Overtime, Macy Melvin kicked off the scoring with a two-point basket for the Oaks. However, during the rest of the extra session, Oak Hill only manged to score one more point on a Merril Melvin free throw. The Panthers displayed in overtime the formula that erased an 11-point halftime lead for Oak Hill.
“They box and oned our senior standout Leanna Adkins and it made it tough on her to get touches. Other teams have done that this year but we have made shots, tonight we couldn’t make shots consistently. We might make one out of every four possessions and that wasn’t good enough.”
The Oaks will lose Adkins, Shelby Stapleton and Kayla Swann to graduation.
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.
Chesapeake 11 8 17 8 10 — 54
Oak Hill 13 17 8 6 3 — 47
Chesapeake — Curry 7-4-18, Hall 3-10-16, Spaulding 3-2-8, Walsh 2-1-5, Mills 2-0-4, Martin 1-0-3. Totals 18-17-54.
Oak Hill — Adkins 5-0-13, Roseberry 4-1-11, Me. Melvin 0-8-8, Haislop 3-0-6, Ma. Melvin 2-1-5, Cade 2-0-4. Totals 16-10-47.
3-point field goals — Chesapeake 1 (Martin); Oak Hill 5 (Adkins 3, Roseberry 2)