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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Aniya Wilson scored a game-high 18 points and Iyanna Warren recorded 11 points along with four assists and five steals as the Oxon Hill girls basketball team soundly beat Mays High School (Atlanta), 51-35, in the first round of the Title IX Classic tournament at the D.C. Armory on Dec. 27.
Oxon Hill got off to a slow start with no field goals in the opening four minutes of the game, but a few forced turnovers led to a few layups in transition gave the Clippers a 10-2 lead at the end of the first.
Both teams scored 11 apiece in the second quarter, but the third is where the game was put out of reach for Mays as they were outscored 22-10 by Oxon Hill (3-1).
Wilson paced the Clippers throughout the night and remained active on defense. The junior guard also tallied two rebounds, two assists and three steals to help Oxon Hill win its third straight. She said late-game defense and ball movement was the key to the win.
Coach Devone Williams was not too happy with the Clippers’ start but was pleased with how they rebounded in the second half with stellar defense and patience on offense.
“I thought they were very sluggish in the first half. We allowed them to stay in the game the first half just by turning the ball over,” said Williams, who is in his seventh year as head coach.
Oxon Hill’s suffocating trap defense made the difference in the second half, leading to easy transition buckets as the Clippers improve to 3-1 with the win.
“Our defense really carries us, and I try to stress to the kids that if we defend the basketball, we always have an opportunity to win a basketball game,” Williams said. “That’s our identity. I think we defend the basketball well so, and the defense is always going to be key for us.”
Mays Head Coach Chantay Frost said her team’s unassertive start in addition to questionable officiating were primary contributors to the big loss. It was nothing special that Oxon Hill did that posed a legitimate threat, Frost said, but it was what Mays did not do.
“We didn’t play great defense. We stopped talking. We stopped moving without the basketball, so it really wasn’t anything that they did, it was more so what we didn’t do,” Frost said. She added she was particularly disappointed with her team’s lack of movement on offense and seeming unwillingness to compete down the stretch.
Kyra McWhorter had 17 points and five boards to lead the Raiders, who fall to 4-7 with the loss. Tanoria Hill pitched in with six points and three rebounds for Mays.