Last week, On the Mark missed the mark! I somehow left Will Overstreet’s name off of the baseball team. Will, I am sorry I left your name out. I hope highlighting it here will help to overcome my mistake.
The girls and boys basketball teams hosted Auburn at the OHS sports arena last weekend. Coach Devin Booth’s girls team dominated Auburn in a 59-40 win. The Lady Bulldogs (6-1, R-1-0) led by 10 after the first quarter and never let AHS get closer. The girls’ defense was too much for the Tigers. The lady Dawgs’ full court man-to-man defense kept the lady Tigers from getting into a rythym and allowed Opelika to score after forcing turnovers. Bethany Howard led the girls with 15 points.
The AHS Boys defeated OHS 57-47, due to a 25-6 run by the Tigers in the first half. Auburn opened up a 15-point-lead in the second half due to cold shooting by the Dawgs and the Tigers’ ability to hit close shots. The win was Auburn’s second in a row over Opelika after breaking an eight game losing streak six days before this game. Opelika, under interim coach Brian Moore, tried everything they could to win the game including switching defenses and trying several different offensive strategies in an attempt to give OHS the edge. The Dawgs were able to cut the 15 point lead down to two points with a minute to go but that was as close as they could get. T.J. Pressley missed a three-pointer that would have given Opelika the lead, but the ball hit inside the rim and bounced out to an AHS player. After the miss, Opelika tried to catch up by fouling and forcing the AHS players to miss free throws.
The plan failed as the Tigers hit their free throws and stretched the lead to 10 when the final buzzer went off. The standing room-only crowd was definitely a positive factor for the Bulldogs.
Both girls and boys teams will host Central tonight with the junior varsity starting at 5 p.m. with the girls and boys to follow.