Oakville girls clip Flyers’ wings in 58-46 win

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After suffering through a three-game losing streak that included losses to Parkway South, Kirkwood and Lutheran South, the Oakville Senior High School girls’ basketball team bounced back with a 58-46 win over Lindbergh Friday night at home.

The win for the Tigers (10-6, 2-3 Subur-ban West) not only broke their three-game losing streak, but also helped move Oakville into the middle of the pack in the Suburban West Conference’s overall standings.

“It was a big game for us,” Oakville head coach Ron Thompson said. “The game pretty much went back and forth in the first three quarters, but in the fourth quarter we took over because we didn’t give Lindbergh any second chances. I thought that we did really well in the fourth quarter.”

The Tigers were led by the scoring of junior guard Megan Reel, who put together a 15-point scoring effort that included eight assists, six rebounds and one steal.

“Megan played a significant role in that win for us,” Thompson said. “She was the difference maker for us and this was one of her best games in a while.”

Another Oakville senior who had a strong evening was guard Lindsay DeGonia, who scored 14 points, three steals, three rebounds and one assist.

“In high school and even college basketball, success on the court is all about guard leadership,” Thompson said. “Lindsay knocked down some key shots for us against Lindbergh.”

Senior forward Sherry Zehner scored 13 points for the Tigers and also hauled in 10 rebounds. The Oakville head coach praised both Zehner and senior Faith Zabek for their play against Lindbergh in the fourth quarter.

“Sherry and Faith pretty much dominated the boards down the stretch,” Thompson said. “Faith’s been struggling a little bit scoring wise and I think that she’s starting to get her touch back.”

The Tigers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they play host to North County in a non-conference meeting.

Oakville traveled to North County last season, handing the Raiders a 65-53 setback. The Raiders are coming off a 58-23 loss to Farmington.

“I haven’t had the chance to see them this year, but I know that they had a young group of girls last season,” Thompson said. “I think we’re going to have to be patient on the offensive end and aggressive on the defensive end against them, just like we were against Lindbergh.”