Oakwood Christian Eagles

In terms of offensive production, Tuesday night's game wasn't anything that the Oakwood Christian Lady Eagles would want to write home about.

Their defense, however, more than made up for it.

Despite scoring just 27 points on the night, top-seeded Oakwood more than doubled the output of Rhea County Academy and cemented a spot in the Southern Christian Athletic Association finals with a 27-12 victory in a semifinal game at the Rossville Athletic Center.

Rhea County Academy scored seven of its points in the second quarter as they went into halftime trailing by a football-esque score of 17-10.

Neither team could get much of anything going offensively in the second half, but senior Annika Green provided the Lady Eagles a spark in the final second of the third quarter.

Inbounding the ball under its own basket with 2.3 seconds left in the period, point guard Grayson Broadrick took advantage of the lack of defensive pressure by the Lady Warriors and let the ball bounce toward half court before picking it up and firing a pass to Green, who had been left wide open behind the 3-point line.

Green released the ball just before the buzzer sounded and found nothing but the net as Oakwood increased its lead to 21-12 to start the fourth.

It turned out to be more than enough of a cushion the rest of the way. Although the Lady Eagles managed just six points in the final period, they held RCA scoreless in that same span.

Green finished with a game-high 12 points, six steals and four blocks. She also had seven rebounds and could go over 1,000 boards for her career in her final game. Mary Ownby finished with eight points and Lily Green dropped in six. One point by Madi Phillips rounded out the scoring.

Marian Corvin had nine points to lead the Lady Warriors.

Oakwood (17-6) will play on Thursday night in the SCAA finals. Their opponent will be Tennessee Christian Prep School, who split with the Lady Eagles in their two meetings this season.

TCPS pulled out a 35-31 victory in Cleveland on Dec.7, while OCA claimed victory in the rematch, 52-46, in Chickamauga on Feb. 1.

This will be the Lady Eagles' second consecutive appearance in the conference tournament championship game. Last year, Oakwood nearly pulled off the upset against Knoxville Christian, but fell by a score of 38-36.