OAKLAND — Glide was supposed to present the Oakland girls basketball team a test in Friday’s title game of the Oakland Booster Club Holiday Tournament.
Consider that test aced as the Oakers cruised to a 48-19 triumph at the Nut House.
Oakland (10-0) allowed 21 points in the tournament and has surrendered 268 points in its best start in 20 years. The Oakers enter Mountain View Conference play next Friday at Bonanza as the lone 2A unbeaten in the state.
“As a team we’re bonding more and growing together,” Oakland junior Cassidy Jones said. “With each game it’s more competition, getting better and better. Each game is a building block towards our next step.”
“They are starting to believe in themselves, going 10-0 in preseason is no easy task,” Oakland coach Don Witten said. “We went through a stretch where we were going through the motions. Tonight was probably our most complete game of the year, against a good opponent. I’m hoping that gives the whole team some confidence going into conference play.”
Hadley Brooksby led Oakland with 18 points, including two 3-pointers. Grace Witten, the coach’s grandaughter added 10 points. While Jones had seven points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Rachel Arts added six points and Liz Powell pitched in five points.
“A main thing is we don’t have just one player who can score,” Jones said. “We look out for our teammates, we pass the ball because we want to keep our eyes on the prize.”
Whitney Stone led Glide (7-5) with nine points, including two 3-pointers. Allison Michel had four points and took home one of the all-tournament team awards.
Brooksby and Witten were the all-tournament honorees for Oakland.
“We have had good balance in our scoring this year.” coach Witten said. “At one point or another all five of our starters have been the leading scorer of a game. Balanced scoring is what we like to pride ourselves on.”
Oakland began the game on 6-0 run and never looked back. The Oakers led 25-12 at halftime. Glide went 3-for-11 from the free throw line in the first half, giving up points that could have kept the Wildcats in the game.
Oakland outscored Glide 23-7 in the second half.
“I think we have a huge target on our back because other teams think our preseason was really good,” Oakland senior Liz Powell said. “It’ll be more tense with other teams because people want to beat us, but I think we will have a good shot at having a successful season.”
“Winning 10 games in a row can be good and bad,” Powell said. “Yes, it boosts the confidence of our team, but it can make people overconfident.”
Glide is in its final year as a Class 3A school; it will move to 2A, the same as Oakland, next fall due to the OSAA’s reclassification.
“We’re progressing, we’re doing the right things,” Glide coach Brannon Smith said. “We’re not as far as I would hope to be. We have a mixture of veterans and seniors, but then we’re young at the same time.
“We’re trying to increase our basketball IQ right now. Do the little things that will help us get better and compete on a nightly basis.”
Glide (19) — Whitney Stone 9, Allison Michel 4, Reed 2, Pope 2, Williams 2, Livingston, Emily Michel, Rams, Major. Totals 7-36 3-13 19.
Oakland (48) — Hadley Brooksby 18, Witten 10, Jones 7, Arts 6, Powell 5, Parnell 2, Simonson, Braack, Gibbs, Collins, Bean, Cagle. Totals 23-47 4-8 48
Glide 6 6 5 2 — 19
Oakland 10 15 13 10 — 48
3 Point Goals — Glide 2 (Stone 2), Oakland 2 (Brooksby 2). Total Fouls — Glide 8, Oakland 10.