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OM Varsity Basketball: Going Strong

The Oakland Mills basketball season has arrived and the OM community is looking forward to seeing what the Boys & Girls Varsity Teams are capable of achieving this season. The Boys Varsity Basketball team is led
by Seniors Sean Chance, Chan Brown, Ke’von Simpson, Robert Burgess, Harrison Greggs, Mister Hairston, and Kendall McFadden, and Juniors Frederick Eiland II, Daeshawn Eaton, Ryan Looper, Justin Parks, Martin Miller, Jaelen Gaymon, and Adam Fairbanks. They are coached by Jon Browne, Jeff Tittle, Fred Eiland, and Ty Lawson.

The girls team opened their season at home against Hammond on December 7. The Girls Varsity team is led by juniors Lillyann Eldridge, Marley Grenway, Brianna Brown, Micha Brown, Ash Miranda, and Aislynn Riggs. There’s also a combination of sophomores and freshmen including Ty’Asia McDuffie, Jazmine Washington, Amel Lightfoot, Iyanna McDuffie and Ikera Paul. The Lady Scorps are coached by Walt Hagins and Aresenio Copeland.

The Boys Varsity basketball team had their debut game against Catonsville and started off well with a 50-40 victory led by junior Daeshawn Easton.

The Scorpions were off to a struggling 18-4 start against Catonsville, but with the leadership
of Daeshawn Easton and Robert Burgess, the Scorpions were able to come back and make it a 26-21 game at halftime. Their dominance didn’t stop there as they went on a 12-0 run, taking the lead and never looking back as they went on to get their first win on the season.

The Girls Varsity basketball team put on a exciting show in their first game against rival Hammond. Junior guard Marley Genway led the team with multiple three pointers throughout the game. The game came down to free throw shots with .4 seconds remaining in the final quarter of the game.

It was close all throughout the game, as neither team would back down.

The game went into halftime tied 22-22. At the end of the third quarter, it was a 35-33 game with the Scorpions up. With the close game tied 46-46 and less than three seconds left, Jazmine Washington threw a full court pass to Ty’Asia McDuffie, who went up for a shot and got fouled with .4 seconds left. In a tie game with less than a second left and two foul shots coming from Ty’Asia: all she had to do was make one shot and the game would be over. With the help of the OM community who was completely quiet for Ty’Asia so she could focus, Ty’Asia made the shot giving the scorpions a 47-46 lead win. The crowd went crazy as they rushed the court, celebrating the win.

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