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Wildcats fall to Beavers, roar past Cougars

  • Ridge’s Garrett Giles (5) gets a dunk during the Wild- cats’ home matchup against Campbell County. Giles finished the night with 14 points as the Wildcats won 77-37. - Tony Cox

  • Senior Kaden Brightharp continued with his season-long solid scoring perfomrance on Friday night. Brightharp led the Wildcats with 18 points in the team’s 77-37 win over Campbell County. - Tony Cox

Oak Ridge High School’s boys basketball team split a pair of District 3-4A games last week.

The Wildcats (20-6 overall, 8-1 in the district) opened the week with a road loss at Karns on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The Wildcats fell to the Beavers 61-56.

With the victory at home, the Beavers salvaged a regular-season split with the Wildcats. Oak Ridge won the first game between the two rivals this season. The Wildcats, however, have lost two of their last three meetings against the Beavers.

Karns ended Oak Ridge’s season last year with an overtime win in the Region 2-4A semifinals.

Last week, Cooper Williams led Oak Ridge with 14 points against the Beavers.

The Wildcats bounced back Friday night as they notched a 77-37 win over Campbell County at Wildcat Arena in a make-up game.

With that win, Oak Ridge completed the regular-season sweep of the Cougars and notched the 57th 20-win campaign since 1946.

Three Wildcats scored in double figures against Campbell County Friday night. Caden Brightharp led the way with 18 points. Garrett Giles added 14, and Charlie Tauberheim finished with 11.

It was a potent and balanced attack for the Wildcats. Ray’Quan Watson had nine points, Malik Howard added eight and Williams finished with six.

Oak Ridge traveled to Knox Central Monday for a make-up game in Fountain City. Results were not available at press time.