Oxford Basketball mid-season check-ins: How are the Chargers faring into the new year?
Released at 11:30 am on Wednesday, January 4, 2023
A new year brings the promise of new beginnings, and for Oxford basketball it means an opportunity to bounce back from a subpar start to the season.
The Chargers faced a difficult trip to Jefferson City, Missouri over the winter break to go 1-5 in total in the tournament against stiff competition.
As the calendar turns to 2023 and the home stretch of the high school basketball season begins, here’s where the two teams enter regional play.
The Chargers sit 11-7 after kicking off the new year with a home win over Hernando on Tuesday.
The 68-50 win was their first in their last four games after going 0-3 at the Great 8 Classic in Missouri.
Sr. Miles Louver led the Chargers to victory with a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds. This performance was a major breakthrough for the southpaw his shooter who entered the game shooting 26% from the field and 23% over the arc.
He caught fire in the opening minutes of the game, sinking four triples in the first quarter as Oxford took a 27–8 advantage.
“He just shot early and that’s good,” head coach Drew Tyler said. Confident and then mental for Miles, but now he’s watching that ball go through the hoop.”
Starguard DJ Davis struggled to find his rhythm as he was constantly harassed by a mob of Tigers defenders.
The junior combo guard entered Tuesday’s contest averaging 18.9 points per game, but managed only 4 points in the first three quarters of play before blowing up 8 points in the final period. .
The Tigers also held off star freshman Adam Tyson, limiting the 6-foot-7 winger to 7 points on 3-for-6 shooting.
Oxford start regional play on Friday before traveling to Grenada before returning home to host Tupelo on Tuesday.
The Chargers are considered in the mix for the Region 1-6A Championship, but will face stiff competition from Golden Wave and powerhouse Starkville.
500 with a big win over Hernando after a 1-2 win in Missouri.
Oxford remained scoreless into the first quarter as the Tigers built a 17–0 lead before Hernando finally broke the scoreboard with 6:22 left in the second quarter.
Sophomore CC Frierson appeared to dominate the win with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The performance was the latest in a string of strong outings for the 5-foot-8-inch forward after averaging 11 points per game and earning All-Tournament honors at the Jefferson Bank Holiday Hoop Classic.
“She’s been playing really well the last few weeks,” head coach Cliff Ormon said. “[We’re] Definitely seeing some things work out for her and just playing everything as a sophomore. We’re getting to play extra games…and she’s making a huge difference for us.
Oxford also had a good run from senior leader Olivia Waddell, who scored 13 goals and had three assists in the win.
Same senior Kaylin Mathis also made her presence felt, bringing in 7 points, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block despite struggling to see the ball through the net. .
After failing to win in district play a year ago, the Lady Chargers face an uphill road in Region 1-6A before securing a playoff spot with a win over Grenada in the regional tournament.
Their three district opponents boast a combined record of 33-5 this season. As such, the Lady Chargers will need to click on every cylinder to return to the playoffs for his fourth straight season.