GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oxford Hands Greene First Loss Of The Season
Published: January 27th, 2023
By: Morgan Golliver

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oxford hands Greene first loss of the season Oxford’s Madalyn Barrows (White #3) and Greene’s Payton Yahner lead their respective teams in scoring. Barrows’ 27 points helps the Blackhawks hand the Trojans their first loss of the season. (Photo by Matthew White)

OXFORD – After falling to Greene in the final minutes on the road, the Oxford Lady Blackhawks were much prepared for the rematch on Thursday. In fact, so prepared that they pulled off the ultimate game, handing the Lady Trojans their first loss of the season with a dominating 61-34 victory.

Greene had seen challenges prior to this game where they had to make second half comebacks to keep their undefeated season alive, but couldn’t do it this time. Oxford prowled early on with a stellar 23 points and weren’t finished as they lead 35-15 at halftime.

Greene tried for a comeback in the third quarter like they’ve done before, but Oxford held their ground and matched intensity throughout the game to maintain their lead. The Blackhawks held Greene to eight points in the final eight minutes and outscored them 26-19 overall in the second half.

Madalyn Barrows led Oxford with 27 points, where she knocked down four three’s and played great defense against Payton Yahner. This is her second consecutive game with 27 points, tying her season-best. Yahner led the Trojans with 22 points as the rest of the team were shutout from any other type of double-digit scoring.


Greene (14-1) will host Harpursville on Friday, February 3 at 7 p.m. where they will honor seniors Payton Yahner, Cassie Butler, and Emma Rice.

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Oxford, standing tall at 12-3, will be at Harpursville on Wednesday, February 1 at 7 p.m.

Scores by Quarter:

GR 6 9 11 8—34

OX 23 12 13 13—61

GR: Payton Yahner 22, Molly Cornell 4, Lyla Biefeldt 3, Cassie Butler 2, Cali Knapp 2, Abby Yahner 1.

OX: Madalyn Barrows 27, Ella Kelsey 17, Abi Denz 5, Kyla Kelsey-Jones 4, Naiomi Smith 4, Ava Benjamin 4.

Three-Pointers: GR 2 (P Yahner, Biefeldt); OX 8 (Barrows 4, Kelsey 4)