Prep basketball: Oxford girls, boys sweep Westbrook
by Matthew Tyson
Special to The Star
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OXFORD — Senior guard Casmine Copeland scored for 21 points with five assists Friday, leading the varsity Oxford Lady Jackets to a 63-33 win over Westbrook Christian.

Junior Mallory Shears followed close behind Copeland with 17 points, one rebound, and one assist.

Oxford evened its record at 2-2 with the win.

“I was pleased with the intensity, focus, and mindset,” Oxford coach Tonya Peoples said.

The Yellow Jackets moved ahead early in the game and held the lead throughout. Copeland put in 10 of 20 points in the first period, including a rebound and two 3-point shots.

Westbrook struggled against the Lady Jackets’ aggressive defense.

Abbey Lockridge led Westbrook in scoring with 17 points, six of which came from the foul line.

Peoples said she would like to see some improvement on defense, citing a handful of fouls and a breakdown on the press in the second half.

“We need to work on our man-to-man,” Peoples said. “That’s one of our weaknesses. We don’t want it to be a half court game.”

Without a Thanksgiving tournament game next week, Peoples plans to hit the court and focus on the problem areas.

Oxford boys 49, Westbrook Christian 42: The Jackets won a close game with the Warriors as senior guard Deon Wright scored 22 points for Oxford. Freshman Jakolbie McClendon added 13.

“I’m very pleased,” varsity boys coach Joel Van Meter said. “We responded well to a very competitive team.”

It was a tight matchup from the start, with both teams playing a physical and predominately zone defense.

Wright and McClendon put up a combined 23 points in the first half for the Jackets. Westbrook kept it close, however. Senior Colin Edwards led the Warriors with 14 points in the first and second periods.

The third period was slow for both teams. McClendon put up two and sank one on a foul shot. Austin Bolander scored two on a layup.

Edwards helped Westbrook rally in the fourth, bringing the Warriors back to the point they trailed by only two, but the Jackets pulled away because of a series of foul shots.

Van Meter cited the youth and inexperience of his team as it struggled to overcome the Warriors.

“They’re good. They’re very good,” Van Meter said. “So I’m really pleased in the way we stepped up.”

Van Meter praised McClendon’s performance, but said Trent Houston and Desmon Owens stole the show.

Owens and Houston recently came over from the Jackets’ football team and had their first practice Sunday.

“They’re a physical presence in the game,” Van Meter said. “They can get rebounds at a level that nobody else can.”
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