Oak Hill had just enough in its tank to emerge as the sweetheart in a Valentine’s Day matinee with rival Fayetteville.

Sophomore Ashley Milstrey provided several key plays in the game’s closing minutes, and senior Lakeisha Logan swished four straight free throws as the Red Devil girls held off a spirited challenge from Class A No. 6 Fayetteville, 51-46.

“They got a couple big rebounds,” said Fayetteville coach Charlie Linkous. “And Logan can take over a game.”

“We hustled tonight,” he added. “That’s a tough game to lose.”

Despite adding another digit to the win column, Oak Hill coach Jerry Epperly wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.

“They just outhustled us the whole game,” he said.

Epperly particularly lamented a stretch in the second period where Fayetteville had a lead despite the fact that its major inside presence, Jasmine Cotten, was on the bench with foul trouble and second-leading scorer Brooke Wheeler wasn’t playing due to a case of the flu. “We couldn’t get a rebound in the second quarter. It’s not like we don’t emphasize it, either.”

Epperly said he would have rather seen Wheeler in the FHS line-up. “We probably relaxed a little too much with her gone. Plus, the Oak Hill-Fayetteville rivalry might have been a factor.”

Fayetteville took its last lead at 46-43 with 3:25 left on a pair of foul shots by Stephanie Nickell after a blocked shot by Cotten at the other end. Milstrey canned an inside deuce off a Logan assist to trim the deficit to 46-45, then Milstrey stole an inbound pass and converted another two-pointer with 1:55 left to hand Oak Hill a 47-46 advantage.

Logan, who finished with a game-high 20 points, proceeded to ice Oak Hill’s seventh consecutive win by swishing the four freebies in the final 25 seconds.

Taleatha Brown finished with 11 points and Jessi Shieler 10 for the Red Devils.

With 15 points and 15 boards, Cotten turned in a solid night for the Pirates. Nickell and Casey Smith added 10 each.

“With Jasmine in foul trouble, for us to be within three (24-21) at halftime was good,” said Linkous. “We hit a little bit (of their shots). Tyler Hogan (nine points) hit a couple shots early.

“And Jasmine played a heck of a game.”

Fayetteville (17-3) closes its regular season against Liberty at home at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Oak Hill closes the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday at home against PikeView.

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