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Oak Hill girls basketball having a record-setting season behind three 1,000-point scorers

LaMar Gafford
Alexandria Town Talk

The Oak Hill girls basketball team is tired of waiting until next year.

Thanks to three 1,000-point scorers, the wait might be over.

Oak Hill (29-5, 4-0 District 6-B) is having its best season in program history as Kylee Johnson, Emma Tucker and Alexis Dyer have served as the focal points of the team.

“I’ve coached Alexis since she was in the fifth grade and I coached Kylee and Emma since they were seventh graders,” Oak Hill coach Kaci West said. “They were on my high school team my first year in and it’s been a process. A process of, ‘Let me add a little bit more,’ and ‘Can I push them a little bit harder?’”

All three girls reached the 1,000-point mark this season and all three bring their unique style to make the team go.

Johnson  is the point guard and not only is a vocal leader but excels on defense.

Johnson averages 7.8 points this season but has shown she can create plays with 1.9 steals and 2.7 assists.

“Kylee pushed me at a young age because I think she saw that I had potential,” Dyer said. “She’d always be there for me and would calm me down whenever I got angry.”

Tucker is Oak Hill’s best shooter – making 101 3-pointers on 36.2 percent shooting this season.

Tucker already has five games with at least five 3-pointers in January – topping out at seven 3-pointers against Pitkin and Country Day University Academy.

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“Emma’s the shyest person, but when she comes out on the court, she’s a different person,” West said. “She’s the most confident shooter I’ve saw before. There’s no doubt.”

Dyer has been dominant in post as the Oak Hill’s defensive anchor.

Averaging 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds, Dyer has swatted 1.9 blocks per game this season.

“She definitely helps us out a lot, because she’s the only tall player that we have on the team,” Johnson said. “She’s been starting since the eighth grade and she’s really grown a lot. That comes from the hard work during the summer and going to AAU tournaments.”

Things were far less than rosy when West took over a seven-win program shortly after her playing days at Louisiana College — now Louisiana Christian — in 2016. West led Oak Hill to a 16-20 record in the 2016-17 season, but saw that the program was changing for the better as some of its current players watched from the end of the bench.

“I told them that we’re building a program and that we’re suffering for the greater good,” West said. “They were role models for some of these girls.”