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Oakes boys' hoops hold on for 51-41 win over Kidder County

Jan. 5—JAMESTOWN — The Oakes High School boys' basketball team held off a late push from Kidder County in a 51-41 win on Friday, Jan. 5, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The Tornadoes (4-3) got out to a quick 11-0 lead before the Wolves were able to fight back and cut the deficit to 11-6 heading into the second quarter.

"We put a press in over Christmas break and engaged it the last couple games," It helps us light a spark and get going... When we needed to get things reignited actually throughout the game we continued to go back to it."

Early in the second quarter, the Wolves (0-5) were able to cut the deficit to 12-10 but the Tornadoes were able to go on a 7-1 run to take a 19-11 lead. With approximately a minute to go in the half, the Wolves' Collin Zimmerman hit a three to cut the deficit to 25-17.

"We knew our game plan, get rid of some of those mental lapses, keep them off the boards and hustle," Wolves head coach Austin Schmidt said. "That's kind of how we got in it, hustling and playing defense."

The Tornadoes stretched the lead out in the third quarter to go into the fourth quarter up 39-27. After the Tornadoes hit a jumper to push the lead out to 41-27 early in the final frame, the Wolves' Bryce Larson hit a layup to cut the deficit to 41-29. Larson finished the day with nine points.

The Wolves return to the floor at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, when they take on Glen Ullin/Hebron.

OHS 51, KC 41

OHS: 11 14 14 12 — 51

KC: 6 11 10 14 — 41