Despite being out rebounded 45-26 and committing 22 turnovers, the Oakville Senior High School girls’ basketball team pulled off a 54-51 upset win at Lafayette Friday night.
The win for the Tigers (5-3, 1-1 Subur-ban West) was a stark contrast to last year’s 60-45 loss at home to the Lancers in Oakville’s first season in the Suburban West Conference.
Oakville head coach Ron Thompson be-lieves the win over Lafayette was a huge stepping stone for the Tigers this season.
“I think that it’s a huge step in the right di-rection,” Thompson said. “We put together three strong quarters and I’m really proud of the girls. I also thought that our seniors played really well.”
Oakville jumped out to a 16-12 lead after one quarter before falling behind 32-25 at halftime. Oakville’s Sherry Zehner exploded in the second half as she helped Oak-ville tie the game at 42-42 after three quarters.
Zehner led the Tigers with 18 points and five rebounds. The senior forward also re-corded two assists in the win.
“During the second half she (Zehner) was by far the best player on the court,” Thompson said. “She really took over the game for us and I was really proud with the way she played.”
Oakville senior guard Lindsay DeGonia also scored in double figures with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
“Lindsay also had her strongest game of the year,” Thompson said. “She hit some critical shots that kept us on a run. I also think that getting five rebounds out of Lindsay was huge for us.”
Another player who scored 10 points and recorded five rebounds for the Tigers was senior forward Faith Zabek.
The Tigers head coach also was proud of the way that Zabek performed in the final minutes of the game.
“Faith played really well down the stretch,” Thompson said. “She got into a little bit of foul trouble and played with four fouls with about five minutes to play.”
The Tigers are back in action Monday afternoon when they take on Mary Insti-tute and St. Louis Country Day School in the first round of the Lutheran South Holiday Tournament.
“As tough as our schedule has been, this is going to be a nice break for us,” Thompson said. “Right now we’re going to spend some time working a few things like rebounding and turnovers during the break.”
Oakville’s game against MICDS is slated for a 4:30 p.m.