It was a tale of two halves for the Oxford Chargers in their final game of the Mississippi-Alabama Challenge on Saturday night in the OHS gym. In the first half against the LaFayette Bulldogs, OHS coach Drew Tyler saw his team be patient on offense and mix in defenses in order to slow the Bulldogs.
The second half wasn’t as crisp for the Chargers, who lost a three-point halftime lead and ended up losing 60-47. (December 17, 2012, Page 2B)
State pride will be on the line for Oxford and Lafayette Friday and Saturday nights in the Oxford High gym. All four area basketball teams will be in action Friday in the inaugural Mississippi-Alabama Challenge.
Lafayette’s Commodores and Lady Commodores will take on the LaFayette High Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs of Alabama in the first two games Friday, while Oxford’s Chargers will host the Oxford Yellowjackets and Lady ‘Jackets in the final two contests. Action begins Friday at 4 p.m., with the Lady ‘Dores (4-2 overall) taking on the Lady Bulldogs, who are 0-4 on the year according to MaxPreps.com. (December 13, 2012, Page 8)
On a night where the Oxford High gym was overflowing with fans and onlookers, it was the appearance of one former Lady Charger that made the biggest impact for a current member of the team. Former OHS standout Erika Sisk returned home to Oxford from Murray State Tuesday night to surprise her younger sister, Amber, a senior member of coach Shayne Linzy’s team.
The visit was a surprise, so much so that when Erika and another former teammate, Meisha Gillom, entered the OHS locker area four minutes before the start of the annual Crosstown Classic with Lafayette, Amber broke down with tears of joy. (December 12, 2012, Page 4B)
In a matchup that didn’t favor the Chargers from a physical standpoint, OHS coach Drew Tyler knew he had to maximize his team’s chances on offense while also getting a maximum overall effort everywhere else in order to pull out the win.
Thankfully for Tyler’s sake, the Chargers (4-5 overall) kept the game close enough to let their veteran coach work his magic in the halfcourt with set plays in the decisive fourth quarter. (December 12, 2012, Page 4B)
Oxford’s middle school basketball teams won three games over North Panola Monday night. The eighth-grade Lady Chargers won 33-4. Tierra King led the way with 10 points. (more…) (December 11, 2012, Page 9)
Oxford’s press, led by Alexus and Kyla Malone up front and a bevy of guards in the back, led the Lady Chargers to another one-sided win over the weekend. OHS jumped out to a 19-0 lead and didn’t allow Southwind to score until the 2:50 mark of the first quarter en route to a 69-40 win Saturday night in the annual Coach “C” Shootout in the Lafayette gym.
A night after the Lady Chargers (8-2 overall) defeated Amory 63-11, they wasted little time using their press to take down the visitors from Memphis. (December 10, 2012, Page 2B)
A last-minute cancellation prevented the Oxford Chargers from playing in the annual Coach “C” Shootout at the Lafayette High gym Saturday night. For the second straight year, Southwind of Memphis pulled out of the tournament due to a reported scheduling conflict.
Unlike 2011 when the Chargers were able to secure a game late against Clinton, Southwind’s decision came less than 24 hours before Saturday’s scheduled contest. With one less team in the mix, Oxford was forced to scrap the contest to the extreme disappointment of coach Drew Tyler, who has always felt honored and always accepted the invitation to play in the Coach “C” Shootout. (December 10, 2012, Page 2B)