GREEN COVE SPRINGS – If a 51-50 overtime district loss to Fleming Island stung, Oakleaf High’s girls basketball team took that sting to heart with bludgeoning wins in four straight straight games …
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – If a 51-50 overtime district loss to Fleming Island stung, Oakleaf High’s girls basketball team took that sting to heart with bludgeoning wins in four straight straight games with a 51-24 torching of a solid 8A-Atlantic Coast High team the final holiday hit of the week at the Saturday final game at the Clay High Christmas Tournament.
Oakleaf has responded with impressive wins of 62-9 over Cook County High (GA) on December 16, 55-26 over Robert E. Lee High on December 18, 58-27 over Paxon on December 20, and, at the Clay High tournament, 68-18 over Deltona, 70-9 over Bishop Snyder and 51-24 over Atlantic Coast.
Knights coach Frank Jenkins intimated that the Fleming Island loss on September 7 should be different on when the two teams meet January 12.
At the tournament, Oakleaf (11-2) showed off their halfcourt press prowess with a ton of double-pressed turnovers turned into layups from guard Sabria Littles, Andrea Merced-Diaz and Jalisa Lee with in-the-paint boards prowess from Mar’ria Davis, Jalisa Lee and Dajah Oden as neither of the four teams could mount any offense through the three-day ordeal at Clay.
Lee, Merced-Diaz and Littles are top scorers for Jenkins at just about 10 points per game with Littles putting up 13, 9, 15 and 13 points for each game while Lee has added 4, 5, 12 and 6 and Merced-Diaz, the three-point threat for Jenkins popping for 13, 18, 2 and 10 with four three-pointers against Deltona and two against Atlantic Coast. Davis has 11 three pointers for the season with Merced-Diaz leading with 17. Littles and Merced-Diaz are top stealers with 56 and 46 dominating the midcourt defensive effort.
Under the boards, Lee has been dominant with 94 rebounds with an also team-leading 11 blocked shots. Oden is second with rebounds with 56.
Oakleaf returns to their regular season schedule with a January five match at Middleburg, then district games with Buchholz and Creekside, a January 10 game with Orange Park with Fleming Island on January 12 and Bartram Trail on January 16.
In an second trip to Georgia, Oakleaf heads to Camden County (11-2) on January 20.
At the Clay Christmas Tournament, Clay’s girls (2-6) won over Deltona 68-18, but lost to Atlantic Coast 46-38.