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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Oxford wins season openers

  • Oxford girls and boys teams beat Flint Hills soundly Tuesday in the opening round of the Wildcat Classic.
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  • Oxford boys 48, Flint Hills 21
    Oxford Girls 53, Flint Hills 35.
    Oxford Boys
    The Oxford boys got off to a great start, outscoring Flint Hills 17-2 in the first quarter, and went on to a 48-21 win Tuesday at the Wildcat Classic in Oxford.
    Oxford had its transition game working, and got a lot of fast breaks off turnovers. They also played a stifling defense and did not give up a field goal until a minute into the second quarter.
    Flint Hills managed four field goals in the second quarter and only two in the second half.
    Flint Hills managed a 7-0 run in the second and cut the deficit to eight, but Oxford closed out the half with a 10-2 run to lead 28-13 at the half.
    "We got off to a great start," said Oxford coach Kyle Green. "We played ok on defense."
    In the second half Oxford tried running its half court offense and struggled to make easy shots at times.
    "I am concerned that we cant' seem to run our half court offense," he said.
    Oxford was led in scoring by Derek Williams with 12. Kurt Sloan, Dexter Norris and Tyler Eckstein each added nine for the Wildcats.
    Oxford Girls
    Oxford trailed 8-6 late in the first quarter, but went on a 12-1 run and never looked back in a 54-35 win over Flint Hills Tuesday at the Wildcat Classic in Oxford.
    Oxford got its transition game going, and Bethany Metz scored five quick points in the run.
    With some good shooting Flint Hills managed to get within eight at the half, and cut the deficit to five in the third.
    Oxford then scored nine unanswered points to go into the fourth quarter leading 39-25.
    Metz led the Lady Wildcats with 15. Jveila Whitlock scored 14 and Danielle Payne added 13. Payne also dished out eight assists.
    Coach Kadee Wheeler said her team "did a lot of good things" for its first game of the season.
    The team turned it on in the second quarter. Wheeler said she told them at the break they needed to have more intensity and to execute the offense.
    The Wildcats play Douglass Friday and Bluestem Saturday as the Wildcat Classic continues.
    Howard led Flint Hills with 12.

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