HS Girls Basketball Playoffs: Oak Ridge Takes Down Nimitz in Bi-District Round

By: Julio Varguez
| Published 02/13/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX – After finishing second in the 13-6A district, the Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles were set to face third place in the 14-6A district; the Nimitz Lady Cougars. The matchup kicked off the girls’ basketball playoffs on Monday at The Woodlands High School.

Nimitz is known to bring the noise and that they did with the entire cheerleading squad chanting during the entire game. With Oak Ridge winning the tipoff, the game began with the War Eagles attacking the basket. Nimitz would show some strong defense but Oak Ridge cut right through it. Nimitz would struggle on the other end of the court unable to score any buckets until the middle of the quarter. Oak Ridge would take the lead going into the second, 14-8.

With spirits high, Nimitz would chip away at the Oak Ridge lead by attacking the lane and draining a couple of three pointers. Oak Ridge would struggle on the offense which would make a difference in the score later on in the quarter. Nimitz would keep Oak Ridge to just 10 points and score a huge three pointer with just seconds left to tie it going into halftime.

Oak Ridge would hit the court with more focus and a stronger game plan while Nimitz would continue to press the offense and try to cut down the passing lanes.

“Their two best players are their guards, so we had to make them uncomfortable” said head Coach Vasquez with the Lady War Eagles.

Oak Ridge’s full court press would turn out to be successful causing many turnovers which they took advantage of. Nimitz would struggle on offense and only managed to put up four points due to the Oak Ridge defense. Going into the final quarter Oak Ridge would lead by 11 points.

In the final quarter Oak Ridge would continue to press the shooter and cause many turnovers bad looks at the basket. Although they would struggle at the free throw line, Oak Ridge would hold Nimitz to just seven points while scoring 13 themselves.

Oak Ridge would take the win in the bi-district playoff game against Nimitz, 52-35.

“I’m excited, these girls work hard every day and they are a great group of girls,” said head coach Vasquez with the Lady War Eagles, “It’s nice to see good things happen to good people.”

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