It ended almost before it started Tuesday night at Siegel High.
Sixth-ranked Siegel whipped Oakland 69-34 to extend its win streak to five over the Patriots in the 10-year series’ most lop-sided boys basketball contest.
“I thought we played scared,” Oakland boys coach Mike Wright said. “I thought we were intimidated. All of the things I said we needed to do to win the game, we did none of it. Nothing. We did nothing that we were supposed to do to win that ballgame.
“For whatever reason, we played scared. I don’t know any other way to put it. It’s embarassing for our program. It’s disappointing for me. Ultimately it’s my responsibility to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Oakland (13-4 overall and 1-1 in 7-AAA) had more than 40 turnovers in the contest as the Stars’ intense, fullcourt pressure gave the Patriots fits from the opening tip.
“They’ve got good bigs, but if you pressure the ball you don’t need bigs because they can’t get them the ball,” said Siegel forward Charles Clark, who finished with 17 points.
Siegel (17-1, 2-0) extended its win streak to 11 games in its first contest since being ranked in the Associated Press’ statewide poll for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season.
Siegel jumped out to a 15-2 lead after Clark’s back-to-back 3-pointers. The lead grew to 19-6 by the end of the first quarter, and never dipped below 11.
“It’s a rival game,” Siegel coach Ben Dotson said. “That was enough motivation right there. Our guys want to get better each night out and not look ahead to anybody.”
Dominique Gooch and John A. Simpson each scored 10 points. Nine different players scored for Siegel and all 12 in the lineup played.
Kyle Oliver scored 10 points to pace Oakland.
Siegel 69, Oakland 34
Oakland 6 10 10 8 — 34
Siegel 19 16 18 16 — 69
Siegel: Brandon 9, C. Clark 17, Gooch 10, Jones 9, Martin 6, Simpson 10, Burton 5, Roberts 1, D. Clark 2.
Oakland: Smith 3, Givens 2, Epps 2, Welborn 2, Oliver 10, Lippert 6, Gaines 4, Black 2, Dunnaway 3.
Third-ranked Oakland (15-1, 1-1) shut down Siegel’s hopes with a comeback with a fourth-quarter defensive stand, holding the Lady Stars to just five points after Siegel cut the deficit to 36-26 to close the third.
Kaitlin Oliver led a balanced Oakland scoring attack with 11 points. Samford signee Ellen Riggins had nine. And sisters Ansley Eubank and Ellen Eubank had eight apiece.
Freshman Ansley Eubank was a sparkplug off the bench, scoring all eight of her points in the first half.
Amber Daniels and Erica Roberts had nine each for Siegel.
Oakland held Siegel to just one point in the first quarter before the Lady Stars found their shooting touches. All four of Siegel’s second-quarter field goals came from behind the 3-point goal. The Ladys Stars hit six 3-pointers for the game, and had just four 2-point field goals.
Oakland 47 Siegel 31
Oakland 12 12 12 11 — 47
Siegel 1 13 12 5 — 31
Oakland: Howse 5, A. Eubank 8, E. Eubank 8, Barnes 3, Riggins 9, Oliver 11, King 3.
Siegel: Francescon 2, Roberts 9, Lawson, As. Daniels 6, Am. Daniels 9.