Panthers place sixth at Husker Classic
Third seeded Oak Grove brought back a sixth place finish last week in the Husker Classic, going 1-2 in the tournament.
Sixth seeded Minutemen took advantage of Oak Grove's cold shooting night to advance with a quarterfinal win December 9. Panthers shot just 22% from the floor in the loss.
"We just plainly couldn't hit shots," said head coach Ty Hames. "We shot 13-for-60, and that doesn't win you any games. I think this early in the season it got into our heads, and we let them hang around, and it came back to bite us. Give Lexington credit. They did a good job of fighting back. We just have to do a better job of not fouling and dictating tempo. Right now, what this team needs a lot is just to play games. We need games, and we need to get ourselves in basketball shape. It makes a difference."
Jake Ledger's 11 points was a team high. He also pulled down five rebounds and dished out a pair of assists. Zach Hipsher had eight points and six boards. Austin Blackston finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
Panthers bounced back two nights later with a win over seventh seeded Windsor in the consolation semifinals. Oak Grove still did not shoot the ball well but worked the glass for second-chance opportunities.
"We definitely played better, especially on the offensive end," Hames stated. "One thing that we can do night in and night out is be physical and dominate the glass. We have good athletes. We have to use that to our advantage by getting extra possessions off of offensive rebounds." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Oak Grove places second at Lee's Summit North Invitational
Cameron topped the 13-team field this past weekend at the Lee's Summit North Invitational with 216 points, but Oak Grove was right on the Dragons' tails with 202 points in second. Kearney, 177, Odessa, 157, and Camdenton, 108, completed the top five.
"I noticed some highs and lows from each individual," said head coach Bobbe Lowe. "Coming from a coaching aspect, I thought that second place wasn't too bad considering half of those kids in the lineup have only had seven practices. With football having a great season, we weren't able to get those guys until a few weeks ago. We just need more mat time and good training. I am confident we will get to where we need to be, but it will take a few more weeks. Some of the others who have been with us for five weeks now did some things really well and some not so much. I think we also found out that people are gunning for us now. Cameron had a good weekend, and they will be a team we won't see again until districts. You could tell they really have stepped up their game. So now we need to do the same and move forward. Overall, though, it was a solid tournament."
Connor Brown won the 106-pound weight class. He pinned all seven of his opponents in the two-day tournament. Brown needed 1:08 to pin Ty Pratt, Cameron, in the semifinals. In the title match, Brown took 3:34 to record the win by fall over Kearney's Clayton Singh. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers win dual opener over Warrensburg 38-37
Oak Grove wrestlers defeated Warrensburg 38-37 December 9 in the season opener for the Panthers. It was a struggle at times, but it still ended with a win.
"It's very early in the season, and with all of the football players that fit into the lineup, we are just not there yet (as a team)," commented head coach Bobbe Lowe, "but we did have a very good first week of practice with them. And when we get our weights under control we should be a much more balanced dual team." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Lady Panthers finish seventh at Husker Classic tournament
After a pair of losses to start the tournament, Oak Grove wrapped up play in the Husker Classic with a victory in the seventh place game.
Seventh seeded Lady Panthers shot 43% from the field to upend the eighth seeded Minutewomen in the seventh place game December 12. Kaitlyn Marsh dropped in 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Sophie Heldenbrand netted 14. Easton Harmon scored 13. Dani O'Neill finished with nine points and 14 boards.
"This was probably the best game we have played offensively all year," commented head coach Jared Broughton. "We did a good job of moving the basketball against their press and zone. It was nice to see us get out in transition and get easy baskets, too. Our transition offense has been a point of emphasis for us in practice, and it's nice to see that pay off. We crashed the boards hard against them, and that was the difference in the game."
Oak Grove out-rebounded Lexington 53-30. Lady Panthers also shared the ball well, finishing with 25 assists.
St. Pius defeated Brookfield easily in the championship game 65-40. Odessa topped Lincoln Prep for third. Richmond defeated Higginsville in the consolation game. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
|OGHS to honor football team
in awards ceremony
Oak Grove High School will host an awards ceremony at 8 a.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center to honor the state champion football team.
Proclamations and resolutions will be presented by Will Kraus, state senator, Jeanie Lauer and Donna Pfautsch, state representatives, Steven Craig, city administrator, and Hank Melhorn, alderman.
Ceremony is open to the public. Facility seating will begin at 7:45 a.m.