Prep basketball: Oxford boys, girls fall at home
by Mark Edwards
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OXFORD -- It was a loss, but Oxford coach Tonya Peoples found some bright points Tuesday night after falling at home to Clay-Chalkville.

Turnovers were down, and points were up in the 60-50 defeat. It marked the second-most points the Yellow Jackets have scored this season.

"We made only four turnovers in the second half, and although we made eight in the first half, that's better," Peoples said. "That's been an Achilles heel for us."

With fewer turnovers, Oxford has more chances to score. That showed especially in the second half when the Yellow Jackets poured in 32 points.

Senior guard Casmine Copeland led the way with 25 points, including 16 after intermission. Deanna Cook pitched in 12, and 10 of those came in the third quarter.

The only time the Yellow Jackets topped the 50 points they had Tuesday was Nov. 22 when they scored 63 in a win over Westbrook Christian.

However, Peoples said that ultimately wasn't what the players would think about after this one.

Instead, she pointed to the defeat, which was Oxford's second in two Class 6A, Area 9 games.

"It doesn't matter if it's 40, 50 or 60 points, it's still a loss," she said. "We lost an area game."

Oxford (3-4) trailed the whole way, although the Yellow Jackets managed an 18-18 tie midway through the second quarter after Cook’s basket. However, Clay-Chalkville (7-3) went on a 14-0 run to take control the rest of the way.

For Clay-Chalkville, Kristian Hudson had 18 points, while Bria Bethea managed 17.

Clay-Chalkville boys 49, Oxford 28: The Yellow Jackets got off to a rough start in what’s been a rough season for them.

They never led as they fell to 1-10, including 0-2 in Class 6A, Area 9.

Clay-Chalkville scored the first eight points and led 17-4 after one quarter. The halftime lead was 32-9, and Clay followed that up by scoring the first eight points of the second half.

Clay unloaded the bench, and Oxford rebounded by outscoring the Cougars 19-9 the rest of the way.

Senior guard Deon Wright led the Yellow Jackets with 18 points.

“They’re very good, well-coached, athletic and strong,” Oxford coach Joel Van Meter said. “And we’re just not at that level right now.

“I told our team we could pout and sulk or we could figure out how to get to that level. … I thought we competed, but they’re at a different level from us.”

Edward Leggett had 10 points to pace Clay-Chalkville (7-4), while Brian Clark added nine.

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