The Oxford boys pulled away in the second half and beat Sedan 45-30 in Oxford Friday. The Oxford girls were not as fortunate, losing to Sedan 57-35.
The Oxford boys are 3-4, but have won two since the Christmas break. The team played some larger schools early on and "took its lumps," coach Kyle Green said.
"We still have a lot left to do, but I am pleased with where we are now, with the way we are playing," he said.
Oxford used a stifling man-to-man defense, blocked shots and dominated the boards. They also passed the ball around a lot and got shots close to the basket. At times they had trouble making those shots, and that was a concern Green said.
"Some nights are like that, there's just a lid on the basket."
Oxford was led by 6-6 center Derek Williams, who scored 18 points. All but four of those game in the first half. He scored the first six points for Oxford, and then scored six more consecutive points for the Wildcats in the second half.
Oxford put together a 6-2 run early in the second quarter and managed a 22-15 lead at the half.
The Wildcats then scored the first six points of the third quarter to take a 28-15 lead.
Sedan had only one field goal in the final quarter, but connected on some foul shots. Oxford continued pulling away and led by as many as 16 in the final minute.
Dexter Norris added 12 for Oxford. Kurt Sloan had six and Colter Silhan had five. Brace Unruh had 12 for Sedan and Zane Mills scored 10.
In the girls' game, Sedan was just too fast and too athletic for Oxford and went on to win 57-33. They used a full court press that caused a lot of problems, and converted a lot of turnovers into quick points.
Oxford trailed by two late in the first when Sedan went on a 8-0 run and led 19-8 at the end of the first period. Sedan finished the second quarter on a 16-2 run and led 40-16 at the half. Sedan led by as may as 32 in the second half.
Alexis Haun had 15 for Sedan and Kaiman Smith scored 13. For Oxford, Kanielle Payne scored 14. Jveila Whitlock and Bethany Metz each scored six.
After the game Oxford coach Kadee Wheeler said her team needed to "just move on and get better."
"We need to just keep on working on the little things, boxing out, rebounding, passing," she said.
She credited Sedan with being a very good fundamental team, and very athletic.
The Lady Wildcats are now 3-4.