Oak Hall takes control in 2nd half

Published: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 11:37 p.m.
After a poor offensive display in the first half, Oak Hall responded with a strong second-half effort Friday to edge Hawthorne 36-32 in a girls high school basketball game.
With Hawthorne leading 26-21, Kittery Neale hit a turnaround, which was followed by a three-pointer by Courtney Lee that tied the game and swung the momentum to the Eagles. From there, Oak Hall outhustled the Hornets. Kelly Davies sank four free throws to seal the victory.
"Our communication was the key to our success," Davies said. "Give them credit but we played hard."
Oak Hall overcame numerous first-half and third-quarter turnovers to outscore Hawthorne 15-6 in the final frame.
"We fought hard and finally settled in at the end," Oak Hall coach Eric Ringdahl said. "I'm very proud of our composure in the second half."
Neale led all players with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but it was Lee, who had all eight of her points in the second half, who controlled the tempo for the Eagles.
"They normally play a 2-3 zone but they switched to man-to-man," said Lee, who finished with three assists and two steals. "That allowed us to open the offense a little more."
Hawthorne (10-4) squandered opportunities by not converting offensive rebounds for putbacks after dominating the Eagles on the glass. The Hornets could not find an offensive rhythm down the stretch after a crisp first half.
"We just missed too many easy shots and that is the bottom line," said Hawthorne coach Barry Hutchinson. "We've got to stay focused at the end and be more patient."

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