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Aniyah Johnson, a 6-foot-2 junior forward, shoots over a pair of Joshua defenders during a victory for No. 3 Red Oak. (Fred Phipps/KBEC Sports)

No. 3 Red Oak girls’ hoops stays unbeaten in 14-5A

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports

The state-ranked Red Oak Lady Hawks basketball team has rolled to a three-game winning streak to start the New Year. And it’s been about as dominant a stretch as any hoops team could put together.

Red Oak began the New Year with a drubbing of Joshua and then completely dismantled Ennis and, most recently, Corsicana to continue its five-game unbeaten start to District 14-5A. With Saturday’s 73-27 win against Corsicana, the third-ranked Lady Hawks improved to 19-6 overall and 5-0 in district play.

Red Oak previously defeated Midlothian and Cleburne in 14-5A action before falling to Troy (Fullerton, California) and Marion (Marion, Arkansas) in the annual Sandra Meadows Classic hosted by Duncanville ISD the weekend following Christmas.

THE LAST THREE

Red Oak began 2020 with a 66-37 home victory against Joshua, a win in which they outscored the Lady Eagles 38-12 in the first half.

Breanna Davis poured in a game-high 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting (71%). She also added six rebounds and matched Micah Cooper for a team-best six assists to go with four steals.

Cooper poured in 15 points on six made buckets, while Allyah Harden scored nine points and Amyia Bowie had six.

Deja Davis and Aniyah Johnson (nine rebounds) each scored five points. Calijah Peay, Halei Parks and Aziya Wilson each scored two points for the Lady Hawks.

“I thought we played well tonight and I thought we hustled,” Red Oak head girls’ basketball coach Darren Eubanks told KBEC Sports after the win. “We finished shots and played good defense. I thought this was one of our better games.”

He added, “We will go back and watch the video and see how we can improve, which is definitely free throws because I know we shot a low percentage from the free-throw line. We also need to polish up on some defensive stuff, little things, and continue to try and get better.”

Four days later, the Lady Hawks’ defense showed out and led the way in a 59-17 win Tuesday on the road against Ennis.

Red Oak first outscored Ennis 10-7 in the first quarter and then held Ennis to 7, 2 and 0 (zero) points over the final three quarters.

Davis and Johnson led the way for the Lady Hawks with 14 and 11 points, respectively, and both pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Davis also added four assists and a team-leading five steals.

Cooper and Bowie each tallied seven points and Deja Davis scored three. Six other Lady Hawks added at least two points during the win.

“[Breanna] is playing at a high level, well, a super high level,” Red Oak head girls’ basketball coach Darren Eubanks previously told KBEC Sports. “Our other sophomore, Amyia Bowie, is also playing well. She is getting rebounds and getting us extra possessions.”

Red Oak then throttled Corsicana at home on Saturday, 73-27, in a game that was rescheduled thanks to the potential for inclement weather and challenging travel conditions.

Aniyah Johnson and Breanna Davis each scored 18 points to lead the way for the Lady Hawks, who outscored the visiting Lady Tigers 35-8 in the first half.

Johnson, a junior, just missed a double-double with nine total rebounds to go with four steals and two assists, while Davis matched Cooper (nine points) for a team-best six assists. Bowie recorded a team-high seven steals to pair with her five points.

UP NEXT

Red Oak will look to close out the first half of 14-5A play with a perfect record when the Lady Hawks take the court Friday, Jan. 17, on the road against Waco University. The Lady Hawks will enjoy a much-earned bye on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY

All photos by Fred Phipps/KBEC Sports

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Fred Phipps/KBEC Sports contributed to this report. 

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Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

tsmith@kbec.com

About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith serves as the digital sports director for KBEC Sports. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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