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Oakland Escapes Riverdale, Wins District Seven Championship

By Zachary Reaves MTN Sports Reporter


Oakland’s stingy defense and composure led them to a 27-24 win over Riverdale to claim the District 7-AAA championship.


The Lady Patriots and Lady Warriors both struggled to find scoring in first half, as Riverdale led by one going into halftime.


“I thought our girls fought hard defensively,” Oakland coach Shelby Campbell said. “It was who hit the first shot and who hit the next shot, but it was definitely a defensive game.”


Oakland improved to 19-12 on the season and will host Franklin County in the first round of the region tournament.


“We have to focus on us and what we do,” Campbell said. “That is what has gotten us to where we are, it’s not drawing up what they do it’s focusing on us and making sure we are in the right spot.”


Riverdale could not make shots they needed to make to win the game. With the loss, Riverdale falls to 18-11 and will face Lawrence County in the region tournament.


Oakland’s Claira McGowan led all scorers with 17 points and was named the tournament MVP. Alasia Hayes led the Lady Warriors with 13 and was named the District Seven MVP.