Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Lady Eagles post easy win to close out regular season

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team rolled to a 99-33 win to close out the regular season last night at home against Scott-Miss opponent Scott City in front of a Lil' Cheer night crowd.

The Lady Eagles started all five seniors, as Claire Ramsey took the court for the opening seconds and Kaitlyn Streeter returned from illness.

Oran led 35-5 after one and margin increased as the night went along.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "It was a great result for our seniors’ final home game. We got up and down the floor and shot the ball very efficiently. Our defense created numerous opportunities for our offense. I can’t say enough about this special group of five seniors and it was nice to send them out with a victory in their final game at home."

Leah Cauble, once again out-scored the opponent.  This time she put in 44.  She hit three from beyond the arch and was 3-3 at the line.  She had four rebounds, four assists and five steals.  Kaylee Payne had 13 points and was 3-3 from beyond the three-point line.  Payne had four rebounds as well and dished out eight assists and had six steals, both team-highs.  Jessie Long had 10 points and six rebounds.

Taylor Lowes finished with nine points, including a pair of treys.  Savannah Below had seven points, Madison Ramsey hit a pair of treys for her six points.  Kaitlyn Streeter and Katie Webb had four apiece.  Webb had a team-high seven rebounds. Heather Gosche had a field goal.

They were 32 of 52 from two for 62%.  From three they made 10 of 22 for 46%. At the line, they hit 5-11 also 46%.

They finished 7-0 in league play and are now 19-6 as they head into the Class 2 District 3 tournament that starts tomorrow at Chaffee, as they look to claim a sixth straight district title.  The Lady Eagles are scheduled to play at 6 pm on Monday against the winner of tomorrow's Puxico vs Meadow Heights contest.  Of course, the weather seems as if it might be an issue.

Varsity Lady Eagles fall on the road

The Oran High School girls basketball teams headed to Dexter on Wednesday night hoping for a repeat of last year's dual victories over the perennial Class 4 power.  This year the junior varsity squad was the only one able to bring back a win, 53-51 in a nail-biter.  The varsity lost 70-55.

Last year Oran picked up 49-39 and 68-45 wins over the Lady Bearcats.

Coach Evans about the jv said, "This was a nice win to end the jv season with. The first and third quarters were big for us and the girls did a good job of knocking down shots. It’s been a successful year for our jv and I look forward to coaching these girls in the future."

Traci Hency led all scorers with 21.  Hope Woodfin had 19 and hit three from beyond the arc.

Mallory Lowes scored seven, including a trey, Hannah Boshell had a pair of field goals and Katie Webb connected on her two free throw attempts to round out the scoring.

The girls hit 13 of 16 from the free throw line for 81%.

They closed out their schedule with 14-3 mark.  They were 4-0 in conference games. They won the Scott-Miss tournament for the second year in a row and finished second in the Bloomfield Varsity Invitational tournament.

In the nightcap, The Eagles saw a one-point halftime deficit, 37-36, balloon to double-digits, 55-45 after three before eventually losing by 15.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I think we ran out of gas in the second half. We didn’t shoot the ball well after the first half. This was a good test for us going forward toward districts."

Oran only had three players score.  Leah Cauble had a game-high 27.  She hit three from beyond the arc.  Kaylee Payne had 17 including a pair of treys and three assists.  Jessie Long finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

Katie Webb did not score but had a team-high nine boards.  Madson Ramsey also dished out three assists.

The girls were 13-25 from inside the arc for 52% and 6-33 from beyond for 18%.  At the line, they were 11-14 for 79%.

With the loss, they fell to 18-6 heading into last night's regular-season finale with Scott City.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Eagles close out regular season on high note!

The Oran High School boys basketball teams had their final regular season game last night.  They hosted the rival Advance Hornets for Senior Night.  The junior varsity won by 15, 79-64 and the varsity won by unanimous decision and by 24 points, 66-42.

The jv led 22-14 after one and 48-27 at the intermission but they were outscored by five the rest of the way.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "It was really nice to end our season with a win.   We played in two tournament championships and although we were only able to win the Scott/Miss Conference Tournament, just being in the other championship game [the Advance JV Tournament] helped our kids out by having to play in a big meaningful game.   JV basketball is all about getting them ready for Varsity competition.  Throughout the year we really saw some improvements with this group.  If they continue to learn, work hard, and stay more consistent they could have a bright future here at Oran High School."

Samuel Shoemaker had a team-high 23 points, including one from beyond the arc.  Nick Romas, Logan Rose and Cameron Westrich each added 10. 

Diesel Cato returned from an injury with nine points and one three.  Dane Shands also had nine and hit one three-pointer.  Seth Cauble had five.  He hit one from beyond and Cooper Priggel hit a trey to account for his points during his two-quarters of junior varsity action.

The boys were only 2 of 9 from the line for 22%.  They finish the year at  15-4.

In the varsity matchup, both teams started sluggishly on the offensive ends.  Advance took a timeout with 3:54 remaining in the first and Oran was on top 5-3.

After one period, the Eagles led 18-10 and they headed into the locker room up 33-22. 

Oran pretty well put the game away in the third by outscoring the Hornets 23-7.  Five of those Eagle points came in the waning seconds of the quarter.  Cooper Priggel was fouled on a three-point attempt.  It was ruled a flagrant foul and Cooper hit all five shots.

Briefly, during the fourth, a turbo-clock was enacted, but Advance was able to chip the margin down to 24.

Cooper Priggel was the games high scorer with 14.  He had one trey and was 9 of 10 at the line.  He was just one of four Eagles in double-figures.  Tyson Goodale, Todd Priggel and Jacob Shoemaker each added 12.

Ty Johnson had nine, including one from beyond the arc.  Langdon Scheeter finished with seven.

The varsity was 20 of 31 from the line for 65%.

They improved to 24-1 and will next play on Saturday.  The number-one seed Eagles will begin defense of back-to-back district championships against the eigth-seeded Puxico Indians at Chaffee.  Game time is 5 pm.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lady Eagles prevail in Perryville

The Oran High School girls basketball teams made the sixty-minute trek north last night to take on the Lady Indians of St. Vincent.  The junior varsity eked out a 41-38 win, while the varsity rolled, 77-28.

In the opener, the junior varsity appeared to be sleepwalking during the early going.  But, they woke up enough to hold a 9-6 lead after one.  It appeared they might blow the game wide open.  They led 23-12 at the intermission and 38-24 heading into the final period.  But, just like that, they went back into a trance and were outscored 14-3 to cut the final margin to three.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We were able to do just enough to hang on for the victory. We need to do a better job of taking good shots and making free throws down the stretch."

Traci Hency and Mallory Lowes led the way with 10 each.  Lowes hit a pair of treys.

Hope Woodfin had eight.  She also hit two from beyond the arc.  Katie Webb added six during her two quarters of play.  Hannah Boshell, Rylee Boshell and Alyssa Spane each chipped in a field goal.

As a team, they hit only 3 of 9 free throws for 33% and just 1 of 6 during the fourth-quarter collapse.

They improved their record to 13-3.  They will close out their season on Wednesday at Dexter.  Game time is 6 pm.

In the nightcap, Oran came up empty on its first two possessions but then Leah Cauble was fouled, hit both attempts and the floodgates opened.  At the 5:52 mark, the hosts took a timeout and the Lady Eagles were up 10-0.  By quarter's end, Cauble had scored 24 of her game-high 43 and the score was 33-3 and the rout was on.

Coach Evan said, "The girls came out on fire and were able to put this one away early. Our defensive pressure really got to them and led to some easy baskets. It was a good district win."

Oran has the number one seed in the upcoming district tournament and the Lady Indians are at number three.  But St. Vincent only lost to second-seeded Chaffee by two points during the regular season, so last night's 49 point win surely made a statement about any thoughts of a potential upset down the road.

Cauble had six treys and six rebounds.  Kaylee Payne finished with 14 and two from beyond the arc.  She was 4-4 from the line and had seven rebounds, four assists and seven steals.

Jessie Long had six points and seven boards.  She now has 1,200 career points.  Madison Ramsey also had six points with all her points coming from beyond the arc.   Hope Woodfin had four off the bench, including a trey.  Heather Gosche and Katie Webb each added a field goal.  Webb also had seven rebounds.

They were  17-33 from inside the arc for 52% and 11-30 from beyond for an improved 38%.  At the line, they hit 10-14 for 71%.

They are now 18-5 and will travel to Dexter on Wednesday, before closing out the regular season at home on Thursday against Scott City.  It is varsity only and it is Lil Cheer night.  It starts at 6 pm.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

What's happenin' (2/11-2/16)

High school basketball wraps up the regular season this week.  The girls have three games and the boys one.

On Monday the Lady Eagles (12-3 and 17-5) travel to Perryville to face a district opponent in the St. Vincent Lady Indians (11-11).  The jv tips at 6 pm.

Tuesday will be the final home game for the boys as the 10-11 Advance Hornets come to town.  It will be Senior Night for the 23-1 Eagles.  The junior varsity begins at 6 as well.

On Wednesday, the girls will be in action when they travel to take on Class four power Dexter (17-6).  Once again the games begin at 6.

The regular season ends on Thursday when 10-12 Scott City girls visit.  It will be a varsity only matchup,  it will be Lil Cheer as well and it begins at 6.

The C2 D3 tournament begins on Saturday.  Chaffee is the host this year.  Both of the Oran teams picked top seeds.  The boys play number-8 Puxico (5-16) on Saturday at 5 pm.  The Lady Eagles received a first-round bye and will play on Monday at 6 pm against the winner of Saturday's Puxico vs. Meadow Heights contest.  Brackets are here.

It doesn't happen very often, so when it does...

As an Oran alum who grew up during the "Ronnie Cookson Era" when the Braves were rattling off state championships like lyrics of a favorite song, Eagle victories over Scott County were few and far between. So, when Oran can put a six-game winning streak in place,  you gotta relish in it!  And that's what happened last night as the Eagles made SCC's homecoming theme, "Shipwreck Homecoming" a reality, with an 87-61 victory.

The Braves came out on the warpath, riding a homecoming "high".  The hosts took an early advantage, but Oran maintained its composure and by the end of the first eight minutes, the Eagles held a 25-20 lead.

In the second, at the 5:54 mark, Jacob Shoemaker hit two free throws, for career points 1,999 and 2,000 and Oran led 33-27, by intermission it was 50-33.

The fourth quarter briefly saw a turbo-clock as the Eagles picked up the 26-point win.

Shoemaker led all scorers with 28, including four treys, as Oran placed five in double-digits.  Todd Priggel had 14, Cooper Priggel 12 off the bench, with two threes, Langdon Scheeter 11 and Tyson Goodale 10.  Scheeter had a trey.

Ty Johnson had 9 with one three-pointer, Calen Read rounded out the scoring with a trey of his own.

The boys were 10 - 14 at the line for 71%.

They improved their record to a perfect 7-0 in Scott-Miss games and 23-1 overall.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We discussed [before the game about} trying to match their energy early. They came out with a big burst but we were able to take it and answer back. I never felt the need to call a timeout because of our leadership on the floor and we had good effort and energy. I thought we shared the ball and ran the floor without the ball very well.

There was no junior varsity contest and the Homecoming festivities were held prior to the varsity tip-off.

The Eagles have now won six-straight over the Braves dating back to the semi-final round of last year's O.I.T.

Oran will close out the regular season next Tuesday when they host Advance for Senior Night.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Lady Eagles mash Mules

For the first time ever Oran High School hosted a Class 5 school in basketball last night.  Less than one-week after picking up a pair of wins over the Class 4 Park Hills Central Lady Rebels during the Jackson Lady Indians Shootout, the Lady Eagles swept the Poplar Bluff Mules in convincing fashion.  The junior varsity won with a fourth quarter mercy-rule clock, 54-16.    The varsity won 75-54.

In the opener, Oran led after one 21-12.  All the Mules points came on consecutive treys.  Poplar Bluff would only score four points the rest of the way.

Katie Webb and Traci Hency led all scorers with 15.  Webb played on one quarter as the Eagle "bigs' dominated in the paint. 

Hope Woodfin and Mallory Lowes each had nine.  Woodfin had two treys and Lowes one.  Hannah Boshell finished with four points while Rylee Boshell hit both of her free throw attempts to round out the scoring.

The younger girls hit 9 of 16 from the line for 56%.  With the win, they improved to 12-3.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We came out firing on all cylinders and jumped on top early. We did a good job of getting the ball inside and hit the boards hard."

The varsity game went back and forth during the first quarter, with neither team able to take control. Oran led after one, 22-20 and 24-23 at the break.  Oran started getting some separation during the second half.  Heading into the final eight minutes, The Lady Eagles were up 52-45.  the hosts controlled the fourth by a score of (no matter what you might read elsewhere) 23-9 to pick up a 21 point victory.

Leah Cauble did the most damage as she was able to continually get to the rim and either score or draw the foul and sometimes both. She had 14 of game-high 36 during the final frame.  She hit 8-9 free throws during that period to keep the Mules at bay.

Cauble added a trey, eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots.  On the night she was 11-13 at the line.  Kaylee Payne finished with 15 points, had a three-pointer and a pair of blocked shots as well. 

Kaitlyn Streeter had eight points with two threes.  Katie Webb also had eight.  She was 6 of 7 at the line, had six rebounds and two blocks.  Jessie Long had five points and grabbed seven boards.  Madison Ramsey had a trey to close out the points.

The made 17 of 28 from inside the arc for 61%, but continued to struggle from beyond, hitting only 5 of 21 for 24%.  At the line the hit 26 of 33 for 79%.

For Cauble, Streeter, Long, Ramsey and Claire Ramsey (who is still out with an injury), it was a memorable Senior Night as the prepare close out a very successful four-year run of Lady Eagle Basketball.

Coach Evans said, "This was a huge win for our program. We did a nice job defensively after the 1st quarter and made them play our pace."

They improved to 17-5. 

The Lady Eagles travel to Perryville on Monday to take on the St. Vincent Lady Indians, who are a district foe and picked up the #3 seed in the upcoming tournament. 

The junior varsity tips at 6 pm.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Boys blitz Bloomfield

The Oran High School boys basketball teams traveled to Bloomfield last night and picked up a pair of wins over the Wildcats, which made the long foggy ride home worth it.  The junior varsity won, 59-32 and the varsity rolled, 77-43.

The younger team led only 19-17 after one, but held their hosts to single digits in the next three periods and finished with a 27 point margin.

Cameron "Big Dawg" Westrich led all scorers with 18.  Nick Romas finished with 15.

Cooper Priggel had eight, in two quarters of action.  He hit two from beyond the arc.  Dane Shands scored six and Logan Rose four.  Seth Cauble, Kaleb Gosche, Evan Montgomery and Samuel Shoemaker each had a field goal to complete the scoring.

The boys hit, 8 of 13 at the stripe for 62%.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "Bloomfield was a team that we faced earlier in the year at the Advance JV tournament and we won that game.  I figured we were going to be in a battle because most of the times teams would like to avenge a loss from earlier in the year.  I knew they would be looking forward to this game and they were.  They came out and played us tough the first quarter/  We made some adjustments on our press in the second quarter and were able to turn them over to create easy shots for us.  We played hard but we still need to make an adjustment to be able to play with the lead and not force some passes or shots early on in the possession.  I felt like we did that a few times and that’s just something they have to learn by playing the game with a lead.  Right now we only have one more game left on our schedule and we want to end the season on a winning note and cap off a pretty good season."

They improved their mark to 14-4 and will play next Tuesday at home when Advance comes to town.

During the varsity matchup, the first four minutes were back and forth.  Oran took an 8 - 7 lead about the midway point of that opening period, never trailed again and picked up a 34 point win.

Jacob Shoemaker and Langdon Scheeter were the game's top scorers with 22 apiece.  Scheeter hit two from beyond the arc and Shoemaker one.  Shoemaker's came just before the halftime buzzer and it gave the Eagles a 36-20 lead, heading into the intermission.  Tyson Goodale finished with 12 and Ty Johnson 10.  Johnson hit two from three-point land.

Cooper Priggel had five, including a trey.  Todd Priggel scored four and Kaiden Massey added a field goal.

The varsity, hit 7 of 16 from the free throw line, for a lackluster 44%.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought that we didn’t play our best game.  We did not get into a good rhythm early on offense.  The good thing was, for the most part, we did not allow this to affect our defense and rebounding.  We will continue to fine tune some things in practice and continue to improve.  We will have to be ready for Friday night in order to beat SCC twice in one week on their floor."

They improved their record to 22-1 and will travel to Scott County Central on Friday, for a varsity only matchup that tips at 7 pm.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Lady Eagles whip Woodland

The Oran High School varsity girls basketball team traveled to Marble Hill last night and had their way with the Cardinals winning 88-30.  The junior varsity did not play.

Leah Cauble outscored the hosts on her own, with 46. She was 15-20 from inside the arc and 4 of 9 from beyond.  She had nine rebounds five assists and four steals.  Jessie Long added 15 points and six boards.  Both played only the first three quarters.

Kaylee Payne had seven points and seven rebounds and a team-high 11 assists to go along with six steals. She also rested during the final period.  Madison Ramsey hit the two shots she took from past the three-point line to account for her six points.  Katie Webb had four points and four rebounds.  Savannah Below hit a trey. Mallory Lowes, Taylor Lowes, Traci Hency and Heather Gosche each had a field goal.  Katelyn Streeter made a free throw to round out the scoring.

Oran put the game away early, leading 31-10 after one and 57-20 at half time.  The Lady Eagles outscored their hosts 31-10 in the second half.

They made 29 of 42 from two-point range for 69% and 8 of 22 from three for 36%  At the free throw line, they were 6 of 13 which is 46%.

They improved to 16-5 and will be back in action on Thursday when they host Poplar Bluff.  The junior varsity tips at 6 pm and it will be Senior Night.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We got out and controlled the game from the very beginning. Our pressure created some steals and we got some easy shots."

Sunday, February 3, 2019

What's happenin' (2/4-2/8)

The regular season for high school basketball is winding down.

The girls play twice this week, as do the boys.

On Monday the girls varsity, 15-5, will travel to Woodland to take on the 8-9 Cardinals.  Game time is  6 pm.  The is no junior varsity game.

On Tuesday, the boys jv (13-4) and varsity (21-1) head to Bloomfield to take on the Wildcats, 6-13 at the varsity level, for a 6 pm start.

On Thursday, the girls host Poplar Bluff (7-11).  The jv tips off at 6 and it is Senior Night!

Friday will have the varsity boys heading to Scott County Central to face the 11-10 Braves. It will be a rematch of last week's conference tournament championship game, that the Eagles won 91-71. Game time is 7 pm and is varsity only.

Varsity controls third quarter and stuns Park Hills Central

The varsity Oran High School girls basketball team played in The Jackson Lady Indians shoot out yesterday, facing a Park Hills Central Lady Rebels team that was coming in with a 16-2 record and were receiving votes in the most recent Class 4 coaches' poll.

Oran trailed 13-10 after one.  Kaylee Payne hit a running three-pointer just before the halftime horn to make the score 28-26. 

Katlyn Streeter hit a three from the left wing, her only points in the game,  on the Eagles' first possession of the second half, to give Oran a lead they would never relinquish. 

The Eagles outscored the Rebels 23-7 to take a 49-35 lead into the final eight minutes.  Park Hills made a run, but Oran was able to withstand and picked up a 65-59 win.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We came out a little flat in the first half but Kaylee’s three at the halftime buzzer gave us some much-needed momentum that carried us in the third quarter. This was a nice win for the team."

Leah Cauble topped the Eagles with 27 points,  she hit one from beyond the arc and both free throw attempts.  Kaylee Payne finished with 14 made three three's and had a team-high four assists and four steals.  Jessie Long also had double-digit scoring with 12 and had six rebounds.

Katie Webb had nine points and six boards and Streeter rounded out the scoring with her trey.

The girls were 21-30 from inside the arc for 70% and 6 of 21 from beyond for 29%.  At the line, they were 5 of 9 for 56%.

They improved to 15-5.

The varsity will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Woodland.  There is no junior varsity contest.  Tip time is 6 pm.

JV girls pick up win

The Oran High School girls basketball team participated in the Jackson Lady Indian Shootout for the first time yesterday.  The junior varsity played first in the fourth-annual event.

The Lady Eagles took on the Park Hills Central Lady Rebels.

After a back and forth first quarter, Oran led 13-12. It was all Eagles during the second period as Oran was on top at the break, 26-14.  The two teams played nearly even during the final half and the Lady Eagles claimed a 53-42 victory.

Traci Hency, who picked up two quick fouls and had to sit the rest of the half, was the game's leading scorer with 12, all coming in the second half.  Katie Webb and Mallory Lowes each had 10.  Webb played only the first two periods and Lowes hit a pair of treys.

Hannah Boshell was big off the bench scoring nine points.  Rylee Boshell had seven.  She hit one three-pointer and was 2 of 2 from the free throw line.  Hope Woodfin hit one from beyond the arc for her points and Alyssa Spane made a field goal to round out the scoring.

They were 5 of 9 from the line for 56%.

Coach Dustin Cauble said, "Early in the game we didn’t rebound well or get back in transition. Once we made the adjustments and started getting the ball inside we took the game over. [I am] very proud of the girls' effort against a very good class 4 program"

They improved their record to 11-3 and will play next at home on Thursday when Poplar Bluff comes to town.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Varsity boys complete sweep

The Oran High School varsity boys basketball team entered last night's championship game of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament as the favorite and with an opportunity to accomplish something never done previously by Oran Eagle basketball, and that was win all four conference tournament divisions in the same season.

With the girls winning the junior varsity and varsity tournaments a week ago and the junior varsity boys claiming the title in the game before, the varsity came out on fire on their way to a 91-71 over tournament host Scott County Central.

Oran was on top 32-14 after one and at halftime, they led 52-32.  The Braves cut the deficit to 13 in the third, but by the time the buzzer sounded the lead was at 18, 67-49, heading into the fourth.  The Eagles won by 20 to claim back to back tournament titles and the clean sweep.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we were able to get off to a good start. We hit some shots early but the biggest reasons were our rebounding and defensive intensity. I am very proud of our effort and unselfish play. On Monday we have to prepare for district opponent Bloomfield. At this point, every practice counts."

Todd Priggel led all scorers with 30,  Jacob Shoemaker had 24 and hit four treys.  Tyson Goodale had 17 and Ty Johnson was the fourth Eagle in double-digits with 13. He hit a pair of threes.

Langdon Scheeter scored six and Cooper Priggel hit a free throw for his tally.

The Eagles hit 17 of 23 at the line for 74%.

They are now 21-1 on the year and will travel to Bloomfield on Tuesday.  The junior varsity tips at 6 pm.

JV boys take crown

The Oran High School boys junior varsity basketball team came into the Scott-Miss tournament as the number-two seed.  They advanced to the finals and faced the fourth-seeded Kelly Hawks, who had upset the top-seeded East Prairie Eagles on Tuesday.  Last night the Eagles picked up a 57-43 victory to claim the championship.

Oran led 13-11 after one period and it was 26-22 at the break.  The Hawks reduced the margin to three, 50-47, heading into the final seven minutes.  The Eagles hit enough free throws to hang on and even expand the lead to 14 points.

Dane Shands led the Eagles with 13 points.  Seth Cauble and Nick Romas had 10 apiece.  Cauble hit a trey.

Cameron Westrich had nine.  Samuel Shoemaker scored seven.  Kaleb Gosche and Logan Rose rounded out the scoring with four each.

The team hit 12 of 22 from the line for 55%

They improved to 13-4.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "The boys played a very tough opponent in Kelly for the Championship.  Kelly had two kids that gave us matchup problems.  One kid was about 6’2 or 6’3 who could handle the ball and get to the rim as well as pull up and hit a jumper over our smaller defenders. The other kid. a post player that was also 6’2 and very tough to handle down low.  In the first half we had some kids get in some foul trouble and had to sit them but we were able to take a lead into halftime.  We were able to make some adjustments to how we wanted to defend their better players and were able to come out with a Scott-Miss. JV Tournament Championship.  I’m proud of the kids for playing hard and being determined to win.  It was also good to see these kids win a conference tournament as they haven’t been able to in Jr. High or in JV."

They will travel to Bloomfield on Monday.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Lady Eagles beat Bluejays

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team traveled to Charleston last night for a conference matchup with the Bluejays.  Oran came out with the 74-42 victory.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I was pleased with our defensive effort for the most part. We didn’t shoot the ball very well from 3 at all. It was a struggle to put the ball in the basket all night."

Leah Cauble outscored Charleston on her own.  She hit for 46, including three three's and made 11 of 13 free throws.  Jessie Long produced a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Kaylee Payne scored six points and had eight rebounds.  She also had a team-high nine assists and eight steals.  Katelyn Streeter had four points and four steals.  Katie Webb scored three points and a team-high 12 boards.  Madison Ramsey hit a trey and Heather Gosche hit both of her free throw attempts to round out the scoring.

They made 22 of 41 from inside the arc for 54% and 4 out of 23 from beyond for 14%.  At the free throw line, they made 18-21 for 86%

They improved to 6-0 in the Scott-Miss and 14-5 overall.

Next up is the Jackson Shootout on Saturday.  The jv faces Park Hills Central at noon, the varsity teams will follow at 1:30.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Varsity boys will play for tourney title.

The number-one seeded Oran High School boys varsity basketball team picked up an exciting 82-75 win over the fourth-seeded East Prairie Eagles last night during a semifinal matchup of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament at Scott County Central High School.

Oran trailed early as they had two turnovers and a missed shot in their first three possessions.  It was 9-2 moments in before they started clicking and they led 18-16 after one.

At halftime, the lead was 38-30.

During the second half, both teams made runs.  Oran pushed the lead to double-digits and East Prairie would come rushing back.

At the 2:21 mark of the third, the score was tied at 49 but Oran lead at the end of the period, They were on top 57-51.

With 1:57 remaining, Oran led by a single tally, 72-71, but they hit 12-15 free throws during to final eight minutes and held on for the seven-point win.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought our boys battled hard.  East Prairie came out hot from "3" early and we had to make some adjustments defensively.  Their big kid was a challenge for us to guard but our guys just battled as hard as they could.  We tried to take advantage of this mismatch on the other end and was able to get some points off it.  We were able to hit some free throws and close out the game."

Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 32.  He hit five from beyond the arch and was 7-7 from the line.  Tyson Goodale had 21.  He hit two treys and was 5-6 on free throws.  Todd Priggel scored 13.

Ty Johnson finished with eight. He hit two big treys during the first period as Oran made its early comeback.  Cooper Priggel and Langdon Scheeter each had four.

The varsity was 19-23 at the free throw line for 83%.

They improved to 20-1 on the season and will face seventh-seeded Scott County Central for the championship on Friday in a game that is scheduled to start at 7:45.

JV reaches final

The second-seeded Oran High School boys junior varsity team advanced to the finals of the Scott-Mississippi Tournament for the second year in a row, with a 64-51 victory over the third-seeded Scott City Rams last night.

Earlier this year, the Rams defeated the Eagles 45-41.  Last year Oran fell 46-45 to East Prairie in the title game, this year they will face fourth-seeded Kelly, who upset top-seeded East Prairie last night 49-47, on Friday at 6:30.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "We probably played one of the best first halves all year last night against Scott City.  We’ve really been working on fixing our press and zone defense and I feel like the kids are starting to figure it out.  As the saying goes, better late than never.  The last time we played Scott City I think it was our first full game of the season since Risco was only two quarters.  And I thought Scott City just outworked us that game and was able to beat us.  It was a different story as I felt like we outworked them in the first half and played extremely hard to build a 20 point lead.  I do feel like we came out a little flat in the third and fourth quarters.  We ended up only winning by 13. We have to be able to play a full game with the same intensity that we had in the first half.  If we do that we could be a fairly good team.  But a win is a win and we are moving on to the conference championship which is where we want to be.

Oran led 20-12 after one and 38-18 at the intermission,  before being outscored, 33-26 in the second half.

Samuel Shoemaker led all scorers with 18.   Dane Shands and Cameron Westrich each added 11.  Shands hit one from beyond the arc.

Nick Romas had nine, Seth Cauble seven, including a three-pointer, and Logan Rose six.  Kaleb Gosche rounded out the scoring with a field goal.

The team was 8 of 16 from the line for 50%.

They improved to 12-4 and will face Kelly for the tournament title at 6:30 on Friday at Scott County Central.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

What's happenin' (1/28-2/2)

The Oran High School basketball teams will continue action this week.

The boys will play in the Scott-Miss Tourney on Tuesday and Friday.

On Tuesday, the jv take on Scott City at 5:15, while the varsity plays East Prairie at 6:30.  Scott Central is hosting the event.

The girls play on Thursday at Charleston, it is varsity only.

Friday's game times for the boys are dependent on Tuesday's results.

On Saturday, the girls are will be playing in the rescheduled Jackson Shootout.  The Jayvee play at noon, the varsity will follow at 1:30 pm.

Varsity hammers Hawk

The top-seeded Oran High School varsity boys basketball team began defense of last year's Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament this morning with a 74-39 win over the eighth-seeded Kelly Hawks.

The Eagles started slow but still managed a 19-13 lead after one.  They picked up the pace during the second and led 46-24 at halftime.  During the final 16 minutes, the Eagles out-pointed the Hawks, 28-15 and picked up the 35 point victory.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we started a little slow which I anticipated because of the late night and early morning game. We were able to pick up the energy and pick up the win. I am seeing some players making some adjustments which we have worked on which is good to see."

Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 18.  He hit four treys and was 4-4 at the free throw line.  Langdon Scheeter added 15. made three threes and both free throw attempts.  Todd Priggel also reached double-digits with 12 points.

Ty Johnson finished with nine, including one from beyond the arc.  Tyson Goodale scored eight and Cooper Priggel seven.  Priggel hit one three-pointer.  Avery Mitchem and Kaiden Massey each had a field goal.  Calen Read hit a free throw to round out the scoring.

They were 11 of 17 at the free throw line for 65%.

The varsity improved to 19-1. 

They will take on the fourth-seeded East Prairie Eagles on Tuesday at 6:30 at Scott County Central.

Eagles win over Wildcats

Last night the Oran High School boys basketball teams traveled to Leopold and picked up a pair of wins.  The junior varsity won 68-31 and the varsity prevailed by a score of 79-48.  Both games featured a turbo clock fourth quarter.

In the opener, the Eagles were up 26-8 after one and led by 43-17 at the intermission and rolled to the 37 point win.

Dane Shands led all scorers with 13.  He hit three treys and was 2-2 from the line.  Samuel Shoemaker and Cameron Westrich each scored 11.

Seth Cauble had nine, including a three-pointer.  Cooper Priggel and Nick Romas both hit for six.  Priggel's all came from beyond the arc.  Dawson Menz and Evan Montgomery had three apiece.  Montgomery hit a trey for his points.  Landon Cochran, Diesel Cato and Logan Rose all added two points each.

They were 10 of 17 at the charity stripe for 59%.

Coach Joe Bickings told the blog, "We did a very good job of coming out and being aggressive early and forcing Leopold into some turnovers that created some easy baskets for us.  Even if we didn’t get a trap out of our press, we still were able to communicate well in our 2-3 zone and play good defense.  I also thought we moved fairly well on offense and shared the basketball very well to hit the open man for a better shot.  It was really good to see them play well heading into the conference tournament. "

The jayvee upped its record to 11-4 and will face Scott City at 5:15 at Scott Central in the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament.

During the varsity matchup, neither team scored for the first two minutes and about halfway through the opening period Oran led by only three, 13-10.  By the time the horn sounded,  the Eagles had gone on a 10-0 run and led 23-10.  At halftime, it was all Oran, 54-21.  Entering the fourth the Eagles were on top 75-36.  Oran emptied its bench, the hosts, however, kept a couple starters in and they cut the margin from 39 to 31.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We were able to get off to a good start and able to work on executing some sets. Hopefully, we will be able to execute them a little better next time."

Five Eagles scored in double-digits.  Ty Johnson led all scorers with 19.  He hit one from beyond the three-point line.  Todd Priggel and Langdon Scheeter were the game's top scorers with 15.  Jacob Shoemaker had 13 and made two treys.  Cooper Priggel finished with 11 and had three three's.

Tyson Goodale added four and Kaiden Massey two.

The varsity was 11 of 17 from the line for 65%.

They upped their record to 18-1 and opened the Scott-Miss tournament this morning against Kelly (post forthcoming).

Friday, January 25, 2019

Varsity makes it 4-straight with win over SCC

The number one seeded Oran High School varsity girls basketball team went into last night's title match against second-seeded Scott County Central looking to claim the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament crown for a fourth-straight year.  It wasn't easy but they did it.  The Lady Eagles won 91-76, in a game that was closer than the final score indicates.

Oran jumped out to a 7-0 lead but moments later it was tied at 9.  At the end of the first, the Lady Eagles led the Bravettes, 25-14. During the second with about two minutes remaining, Scott County cut the lead to eight 38-30, but after a Leah Cauble three and two Kaylee Payne free throws, Oran regained some momentum and led halftime 48-35.  Oran went on to claim a 15 point victory.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We knew going in that this was going to be a battle. We wanted to get out and run the floor and put the pressure on them. We did a good job of getting the ball where we needed to take advantage of our opportunities. Overall it was a couple of great wins for our program."

Leah Cauble led all scorers with 49.  She hit two treys and made 9-10 free throws, had six rebounds, a team-high nine assists and two blocked shots.  Jessie Long, who always seems to do well against Scott County had 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals.  Katie Webb finished with 11 points before fouling out late.  Kaylee Payne also reached double-digits with 10. She had six rebounds and five assists before leaving the game a minute into the fourth with an injury.  Currently, her status is unknown.

Madison Ramsey nailed a three-pointer and two free throw attempts for her five points.  Katelyn Streeter rounded out the scoring with three.  She also added five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

They were 30-43 from inside the arc for 70% but only 5 of 21 from beyond for 24% and at the free throw line they hit 16-27 for 67%.

They are now 13-5 and will play next Thursday at Charleston in a conference matchup, varsity only, at 6 pm.

Last year, Oran defeated the Bravettes 81-40.  Two years ago it was also SCC, 78-60 and the current streak started with a 74-40 win over Scott County.

Jv takes title

The Oran High School junior varsity girl's basketball team claimed the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament championship for the second year in a row, last night,  with a 46-38 win over Kelly before a home crowd.

The top-seeded Lady Eagles had to mount a second-half comeback to pick up the win over the upset-minded number-two seed Lady Hawks.

Oran led after one 19-12 but trailed at the break, 25-21.  The Eagles tied the score at 27 about two minutes in the third and led after three, 41-36 and held on for the eight-point win.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We got off to a good start then kind of fell apart in the 2nd quarter. The girls responded to the challenge at halftime and really got after it in the 3rd quarter by attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line. We had good balanced scoring all night."

The Eagles also had to battle foul problems.

Leading scorer Mallory Lowes had 14 points and four fouls.  She hit two treys.  Rylee Boshell had 11 points on two three's and picked up three first-half fouls.

Hope Woodfin finished with nine points, all coming from beyond the arc and had four fouls.  Traci Hency had eight points.  She hit four-straight free throws during the third quarter comeback. Alyssa Spane and Lydia Tankersly each had a field goal to round out the scoring,

They were 9-15 at the free throw line for 60%.

By securing their second-straight tourney title, last year they defeated Chaffee 34-16, they are now 10-3.

They will not play again until Feb 2nd when the Eagles participate in the Jackson Shootout.  Game time is 1:30 and they will face Park Hills Central.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Varsity girls roll to title tilt

the Oran High School girls varsity basketball team faced off with the Chaffee Lady Devils for the third time this season last night in a semifinal round contest of the 2018-19 Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament at home.  The Lady Eagles came away with its third win.  Last night the final was 74-20.

Oran jumped out to a 21-9 lead after one and was up 49-14 at the intermission.  It was 70-20 after three.  Chaffee did not score during a turbo-clock fourth period.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I thought our defensive effort was pretty good from the get-go. We stalled a little on offense after a quick start but pushed the pace back up to where we want it to be during the third quarter."

Leah Cauble single-handily outscored Chaffee on her own as she netted 41.  She was 10-12 inside the arc and 3-6 from beyond and hit 12 of 13 free throw attempts.  She had a team-high seven boards, dished out three assists and had three steals as well.  Kaylee Payne finished with 11, she connected on three from beyond the arc and had a team-high nine assists to go along with six rebound and three steals.

Jessie Long and Katie Webb, each had seven.  Long had six rebounds and five steals and Webb had three rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots.  Katelyn Streeter made two treys for her points and Taylor Lowes rounded out the scoring with a field goal.

As a team, they were 16-24 from inside the arc for 67%, 8-23 from beyond for 35% and at the line they hit 18-20 for 90%.

With the win, they are now 12-5.

In the previous matchups, Oran defeated Chaffee in the championship of the Lady Devil Invitational
83-21 in early December and then about three weeks ago the Lady Eagles won the regular season game at Chaffee 69-32,

In other action last night, on the varsity side, Kelly defeated Delta 57-50, Scott Central slammed Scott City 82-29 and in junior varsity action, Chaffee claimed the third-place plaque by defeating East Prairie 33-17.

Tonight is the final round of tournament play and will feature Charleston taking on Kelly for the varsity consolation crown at 4 pm.  At 5:15 also on the varsity side will be Chaffee and Scott City squaring off for third place.  The junior varsity championship game between Oran and Kelly is scheduled for 6:30 followed by the varsity championship contest at 7:45, featuring Oran and Scott Central.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Oran over Oak Ridge

The Oran High School boys basketball teams picked up a pair of conference victories last night over the visiting Oak Ridge Blue Jays.  The junior varsity won 64-43.  For the varsity, it was also a district win as Oran squeaked by 65-62.

Oran led 31-23 at halftime of the opener,  but Oak Ridge sliced the deficit in half at 34-30 about halfway through the third when the Blue Jays "big" picked up his fourth foul and had to go to the bench and the Eagles went on an 18-0 run to close out the period and lead 52-30 heading into the fourth.  It was all the space they needed as the won by 19.

Cameron "Big Dawg" Westrich led all scorers with 19.  Samuel Shoemaker also hit double-digits with 13. He connected on a trey.

Dane Shands had seven with a three-pointer.  Diesel Cato and Seth Cauble had six apiece.  Cato hit one from beyond the arc and Cauble two.  Kaleb Gosche had five. Logan Rose and Nick Romas had four each to round out the scoring.

The younger team hit 5 of 9 from the line for 56% and improved to 4-2 in the league and 10-4 overall.

Last night's nightcap was one of the most exciting games of the year.

Oran trailed 12-7 with three minutes to go in the opening period.  One minute later it was 17-8 but after another minute and seven, Jacob Shoemaker points the Eagles were within two 17-15. The first quarter ended with Oran down 19-17.

A Shoemaker three on an assist for Todd Priggel at 6:40 of the second tied the game at 22.

Shoemaker hit a runner in the lane to give Oran a 26-25 lead at 4:40.  The Eagles led at the half  40-34.

Coming out of the intermission,  Oak Ridge went from a 2-3 zone to a 3-2 and it seemed to befuddle the Oran offense.  Heading into the fourth quarter the score was 50-48 with the Eagles clinging to a two-point lead.

It appeared that Oran had a chance for some separation late in the third up 48-41 but after a foul on a three-point shot, the Blue Jays converted on all three and made it 48-44.

The final eight minutes were nip and tuck.  Thirty seconds into the fourth Oak Ridge tied the game at 50.  Over the next three minutes, the Eagles went on a little 5-0 run,  on a Priggel field goal in the lane, a Ty Johnson free throw and a Tyson Goodale make under the basket on a nice feed from Shoemaker.

With 3:18 left Oran led 59-54 as the Eagles took a time out.

But after an Eagle turnover, a missed shot, a foul and another missed shot, Oak Ridge knotted it at 59, with 90 ticks remaining.

Priggel was fouled and made both and then Goodale went to the line and he made the first before missing the second. It was 62-59.

At the other end, Goodale deflected the ball out of bounds and the Blue Jays took time out.  The clock read  33.3.

When Oran saw the Oak Ridge alignment for the inbounds, the Eagles took time out as well, only adding to the tension and drama.

After those two timeouts, the Blue Jays had trouble inbounding the ball and had to take another time out.

Then, on the inbounds, they worked the ball around the perimeter to the other side and hit the original inbounder who made a game tieing three with about 26 seconds remaining.

Shoemaker brought the ball up the court, dished to Ty Johnson in the right corner, Johnson dribbled back to the middle of the court outside the three-point arc and hit an open Shoemaker, who had cut through the lane and around to the left wing and he nailed, what proved to be the game-winner, well behind the black line.  It was his only points of the second half.

The Eagles called time with 7.5 remaining to set up its defense.  Oak Ridge was able to get the ball down court and take a contested shot at the top of the key that bounced off the front of the rim and the buzzer sounded.

Jacob Shoemaker led the Eagles with 25 points.  He hit four from beyond the arc, grabbed six rebounds and had a team-high four assists.  Goodale finished with 15 points and five rebounds.  Todd Priggel had 13 points and eight rebounds.

Ty Johnson had five points and a team-high 10 boards.  Cooper Priggel had four points and Langdon Scheeter hit a trey to round out the scoring.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We had too many turnovers in the first quarter which led to an Oak Ridge lead and we were forced to play from behind.  We made a run in the second quarter and closed the gap.  We went cold in the 3rd quarter and missed some shots we normally make.  They also did a good job on Jacob in the second half but we were able to counteract what they were doing and get some scoring from other people which is good.  Late in the fourth, we had a couple of turnovers that we have to correct.  I didn’t make it clear enough in the last timeout about what I wanted to do on switching the screens and that is on me not the players.  That timeout allowed us to set up what we wanted to do on our next possession - either tied, up 1,2 or 3-so I didn’t have to call a timeout and let Oak Ridge get set on defense.  The players made good choices at the end and we ended up getting a good look which went in.:

The varsity hit 10-19 at the line for 53% and improved to 6-0 and 17-1, respectively.  The win clinched the regular season conference championship for the Eagles who will be back in action Friday evening at Leopold.  Tip time is 6 pm.

I've added some videos of key moments in the game....scroll down.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

JV wins tourney opener

Last night the Oran High School junior varsity girls basketball team opened defense of last year's tournament championship with a 62-14 rout of the East Prairie Lady Eagles in the first round of the Scott-Miss Conference Tournament.

The home team trailed 4-3 with 4:35 remaining in the first but after that, it was all Oran as they built a 15-6 lead after one and by halftime, it was 41-6, following a shutout second period.  The home town Eagles cruised to the 58 point win.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We took charge from the beginning with our defense and that led to some easy looks early on. The girls also hit some outside shots to blow the game open."

Oran had two score in double-digits.  Both Mallory Lowes with 17 and Traci Hency with 16, outscored the opponent on their own.  Lowes hit four treys.

Rylee Boshell and Hope Woodfin had nine apiece.  Woodfin connected on one from beyond the arc.  Hannah Boshell finished with eight and Alyssa Spane added three to round out the scoring.

Oran's jv improved to 9-3 and will play for the tournament championship on Thursday at 6:30 against Kelly, who defeated Chaffee last night 49-36.  East Prairie will face off with Chaffee for 3rd place on Wednesday at 7:45.

In varsity action last night, Scott City upset Kelly 65-62 and Charleston rolled past East Prairie, 60-35.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

What's happenin' (1/21-1/26)

This week's schedule for Oran High School athletics is still in flux because on Saturday the final contest of the opening round of the girls Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament between Kelly and Scott City was postponed due to weather and a new bracket has yet to be released so we will keep everyone updated via social media as soon as we have the info.

On Tuesday, the boys (5-0, 16-1) will host Oak Ridge (3-2, 12-4) in a conference and district matchup.  The junior varsities will tip off 6 pm.

On Friday, the boys head up to Leopold to take on the 2-10 Wildcats at 6 pm.  Leopold has games against Chaffee and Meadow Heights this week before the Eagles come to town.

The varsity boys will be back at it Saturday morning at 10 when they begin play in the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament at Scott Central.  Oran, the number-one seed,  is looking to claim back to back crowns at the varsity level.  The opening round opponent is Kelly, who enters the week at 5-9.  The Eagles have two victories over the Hawks thus far this season.

Varsity breaks century mark in first round romp

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team rolled to an easy 102-31 win yesterday over East Prairie in the first round of the Scott-Mississippi girls conference tournament at Oran.

The top-seeded Lady Eagles scored the first 17 points before the eighth-seeded East Prairie Eagles hit a free throw with 3:33 left in the opening quarter.  It was 21-3 when East Prairie hit its first field goal at 2:18.  At the end of the period, it was 30-5 and the game was basically over.

Coach Evans commented, "It was good to get everyone involved and in the scoring column. We got rolling early both offensively and defensively."

Every Eagle scored in the game.  Leah Cauble outscored East Prairie on her own in less than three quarters of action with 42.  She hit six threes and was 4-4 from the line.  She also had six rebounds and four assists.   Kaylee Payne had 11, hit a three-pointer, had five assists and five steals. Taylor Lowes had10 off the bench and she hit a pair of treys. Jessie Long also had 10.

Savannah Below had eight points with two three's.  She scored the last five points of the contest.  Katie Webb had seven.  Heather Gosche had six and Katlyn Streeter scored four, had a team-high six assists and added five steals. Madison Ramsey and Paige Bradley had two apiece.  Bradley was 2-2 from the line.

As a team, they were 30-46 from inside the arc for 65% and 11-34 from beyond for 32% and 9 of 11 at the line for 82%.

In other action yesterday, Chaffe defeated Charleston 48-41 and Scott Central hammered Delta 81-49.  The final scheduled contest Kelly vs Scott City was postponed because of the incoming weather.

As of right now, Oran (11-5) is scheduled to take on fifth-seeded Chaffee, Monday at 6:30 pm.

2019 Homecoming court

Boys blast Bell City in homecoming rout

The Oran High School boys basketball teams picked up a pair of victories Friday on homecoming over the Bell City Cubs.  The junior varsity won a two-quarter affair 34-23 and the varsity had their way with the Cubs from start to finish, winning 83-19.

Dane Shands led the younger Eagles with 18 points.  He hit a pair of three's and was 2-2 from the line.

Samuel Shoemaker had seven, including a trey.  Logan Rose scored four and also made both free throw attempts.  Seth Cauble had three points and Cameron Westrich, who struggled with foul problems had two points.

They were 5 of 7 from the line for 71% and improved their record to 9-4.

In the varsity matchup, Bell City scored first but then it was all Eagles as Oran led 33-7 after one and 54-15 at halftime on their way to the 64 point win.

Jacob Shoemaker led a balanced scoring attack with 18.  He hit a pair of three's.  Cooper Priggel had 17 with 15 coming from beyond the arc.  Ty Johnson had 13 and Tyson Goodale had 12, including a trey.

Langdon Scheeter, Todd Priggel and Avery Mitchem each had six.  Scheeter hit a trey and Priggel had a nice two-handed slam (video posted below) and Mitchem also had a trey and hit his only free throw attempt. Luke Patterson made a three-pointer and Kaiden Massey made both of his free throw attempts to round out the Eagle scoring.

They were 10-15 at the free throw stripe for 67% and improved to 16-1.

The Eagles will host Oak Ridge in a key conference matchup on Tuesday at 6 pm.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we were able to keep our energy up throughout the game. It was nice to see some of the players who don’t normally get a lot of playing time some minutes."

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lady Eagles bomb Bobcats

The Oran High School girls basketball teams picked up a pair of conference wins last night at Delta.  The varsity played first and had no trouble, winning 97-42.  That was followed by two quarters of junior varsity action, Oran won that, 30-22.

For the older girls, the game was, for all intents and purposes, over early.  Oran led 29-6 after one and 54-17 at the break and continued to cruise to the 55-point rout.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "Offensive-wise we shot the ball extremely well. We also played pretty good defense the 1st and 2nd quarters. We went man in the 3rd quarter and I was not pleased with our effort. Overall it was a nice win though."

Leah Cauble outscored the hosts on her own with 44, in three quarters of action.  She hit two from beyond the arc and was 6-6 at the line.  She was tied for team-highs with eight assists and six rebounds.  Katelyn Streeter was on fire, hitting 6-11 from three and totaled 20 points, a season-high.  She also had six boards.  Katie Webb joined the double-digit scoring club with 12.

Jessie Long finished with eight, Madison Ramsey hit two treys for her six points. Taylor Lowes hit a three as part of her five points and Kaylee Payne dished out eight assists and made a field goal to round out the scoring.

The Lady Eagles were 28-44 from inside the arc for 64%. From beyond they hit a very good 11-27 for 41%.  At the line, they were 8-9 for 89%.

They are now 5-0 in the league and 10-5 overall.  The varsity will be back in action on Saturday morning at 10 am as the number one seed in the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament, at Oran.  They will face the number-eight seeded East Prairie Eagles.  The older girls are attempting to win their fourth-straight conference tournament title.

In the junior varsity game that followed, Oran jumped out to a 21-8 lead after the first period and won 30-22.

Coach Evans said, "We came out hitting some outside shots early and that opened up the inside game for us. It was a good 2 quarter victory."

Rylee Boshell had a team-high seven points.  She hit two treys and on the second was fouled. She hit the ensuing free throw for a four-point play.  Katie Webb, Hope Woodfin and Mallory Lowes, each had six.  Woodfin had a three-pointer as did Lowes.  Lowes also attempted one as the first-quarter horn sounded and was fouled.  She hit all three free throw attempts to end the period.  Traci Hency rounded out the balanced scoring attack with five.

The Jayvee is now 4-0 and 8-3.  They are seeded first in their division and will play on Wednesday evening at 6:30.  They too face East Prairie and are looking for their third-straight crown.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

JV Lady Eagles defeat varsity opponent

The Oran High School junior varsity girls basketball team hosted the Meadow Height varsity squad last night.  The Lady Eagles picked up a 53-33 win.  Oran outscored the Lady Panthers in each period.

Katie Webb led all scorers with 22.  Mallory Lowes finished with 10, including a three-pointer.

Hope Woodfin added seven, she too hit a trey.  Traci Hency and Hannah Boshell each had six and Alyssa Spane rounded out the scoring with a field goal.

Coach Ethan Evan said, "After a sluggish start defensively the girls really picked it up during the middle 2 quarters. We did a good job of getting it inside offensively and took advantage of our size."

The team hit 9 of 13 from the line for 69%.  The jv is now 7-3 and 2-1 against varsity squads.

Both Lady Eagles teams will travel to Delta for conference games with the Bobcats tonight at 6pm.

The junior varsity played because the varsity has the maximum number of games they are allowed and with Meadow Heights being a district opponent it's a good idea to keep them on the schedule.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Eagles defeat 'Devils

The Oran High School boys basketball teams defeated the Chaffee Red Devils last night.  The junior varsity won the conference affair 57-34.  For the varsity, it was also a district contest and they prevailed 65-47.

In the opener, the Eagles led 18-6 after one and 37-19 at the break.  From there they coasted to the 23 point final margin.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "It’s always nice to get a win against a conference opponent.  We did a decent job in our press to turn them over or force them into some quick shots.  By doing that, it helped create easier open looks for us.  We still had some mental letdowns at times but for the most part, we were able to make up those mistakes by playing hard.  Hopefully, in the next few practices, we can work on eliminating our mental letdowns and make sure we are in the right spots when we need to be there.  I felt like last night was a step in the right direction to getting better but we have to keep moving forward and not take any steps backward."

Playing just two-quarters, Cooper Priggel led the Eagles with 13 points.  Nine of his point came from beyond the arc.  Dane Shands and Samuel Shoemaker both finished with 10.  Shands hit two treys.

Seth Cauble and Cameron Westrich each had eight.  Cauble also hit two three-pointers.  Diesel Cato had five, including a trey.  Kaleb Gosche had two and Lane Peterson hit a free throw to round out the scoring.

As a team, they were 3 of 9 from the line for 33%.

They are now 3-2 in Scott-Miss play and 8-4 overall.

The varsity Eagles started slow but held a 38-19 halftime lead.  Then they came out flat and saw the lead dwindle to single digits, regrouped and picked up an 18-point decision.

Oran was down 7-4 about midway through the opening period.  Then the Eagles went on an 11-0 run to close out the period, thanks in large part to Cooper Priggel, who knocked down two big threes off the bench.  Oran led 15-7 after one.

With 1:51 remaining in the third, the Eagle lead was only 45-37 and the game was interrupted for about twenty minutes because of a medical emergency in the bleachers behind the Oran bench.   After the patient was transported, the Eagles regained some intensity and with 3:00 left in the game, the lead had ballooned to 20, 62-42.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We were able to go to Chaffee and pick up a victory from a conference and district opponent. They made a run and we were able to answer it which was good to see. We need to be more fundamental with our passes but we will focus on that in practice the next couple of days."

Jacob Shoemaker was the game's top scorer with 22.  He hit two from beyond the arc and was 6 of 6 from the line.  Ty Johnson added 14.  Todd Priggel, who left the game during the second half after landing awkwardly following a drive to the basket, finished with 10.  He did return to the court a short time later.

Cooper Priggel had nine, including two treys.  Langdon Scheeter and Tyson Goodale both ended up with five.  Scheeter hit one from beyond the arc.

The older boys were 12 of 17 at the charity stripe for 71%.

They improved to 5-0 and 15-1 respectively.

Oran will be back in action on Friday when they host Bell City.  It will be two quarters of jayvee, followed by varsity and then Homecoming ceremonies.  The action tips at 6 pm.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lady Eagles lose two at Saxony

The Oran High School girls basketball teams traveled to Fruitland last night to take on the Class 3 Saxony Lutheran Lady Crusaders.  The Lady Eagles were on the short-end of to close affairs.  The junior varsity lost 38-37 and the varsity who had a fourth-quarter lead fell 69-65.

During the junior varsity contest, Oran trailed 12-7 after and tied at 16 going into the halftime lockerrooms.  The Lady Eagles fell behind 31-19 heading into the fourth before a valiant comeback fell just short.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "The girls did a nice job of coming back in the fourth quarter after a bad third quarter. The first half we were able to get the ball inside and use our height advantage. During the fourth, we finally started knocking down some open shots. "

Mallory Lowes scored 14, with 11 coming during the fourth, to lead all scorers.  She hit three three's in the final period and four total.  Katie Webb had 11 in two quarters of playing time.

Hope Woodfin finished with eight, including two treys.  Rylee Boshell and Traci Hency had a field goal each.

The team hit 5 of 9 from the line for 56%.  With the loss, they are now 6-3 on the year and will be back in action on Wednesday when they host the Meadow Heights varsity at 6 pm.

During the nightcap, Oran led 14-13 after one but trailed 32-29 at the break.  It was Saxony on top after three, 51-47.  The Lady Eagles went on a 14-5 run to take a 61-56 lead about midway through the fourth but couldn't hold on and dropped a four-point heartbreaker.

Coach Evans commented, "We came up a little short in a very tough place to play. I thought our effort was the best it has been at any point this year. We just have to do a better job of executing coming down the stretch and hitting our free throws."

The squad hit 12-19 from the line for 63%.

Leah Cauble led both squads with 27 points.  She hit two treys and had seven rebounds.  Kaylee Payne added 17 points, hit four from beyond the arc and had a team-high three assists.  Jessie Long finished just shy of a double-double with 10 points and eight boards.

Katie Webb had eight points and had six rebounds.  Katelyn Streeter hit a three-pointer to account for her total and round out the scoring.

As a team, they were, 16-31 from two for 52% and 7-15 from three for 47%.  They now have a record of 9-5.

The varsity and jayvee travel to Delta on Thursday for a conference contest.  The varsity will play first at 6 pm, followed by two quarters of junior varsity.

Varsity boys rally, beat Bernie

The Oran High School boys basketball teams hosted Bernie last night.  The Eagle junior varsity lost 61-48 but the varsity made a second-half come back and picked up a 57-48 victory over the Mules.

In the opener, Oran led 14-11 after one but trailed 28-27 at the break.  Bernie pulled away in the second half and handed the Eagles a 13 point loss.

Coach Joe Bicking said, "Last night’s game was a tough loss to a tough opponent.  Bernie is very well coached and executes their plays on both sides of the ball extremely well.  We didn’t do a very good job of communicating on defense to find their shooters and weren’t able to adjust to the things on the court that Bernie was doing against us.  I felt like we got outplayed in the second half and just didn’t make the adjustments we talked about at halftime.  We can’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again and expect to be in games against good opponents."

Dane Shands led Oran with 13 points. He hit one from beyond the arc.  Cameron Westrich added 12.

Samuel Shoemaker chipped in eight.  Cooper Priggel had seven in two quarters of play and he hit a trey.  Seth Cauble, Lane Peterson, Nick Romas and Logan Rose each scored a field goal.

As a team, they hit 8 of 10 from the line for 80%.  With the loss, their record dropped to 7-4.

During the varsity matchup, the Eagles took a timeout with 3:05 remaining in the opening quarter whit the score knotted at 9.  Coming out of the stoppage, Bernie came out in a box and one defense on Jacob Shoemaker who had seven of Oran's points.  He was held scoreless the rest of the quarter and the Mules led 16-11 after one.

It was 30-26, Bernie at the intermission and with 4:15 left in the third, Oran trailed by 12, 40-28 and things looked bleak as the Eagles took a timeout.

Oran then got a three from Cooper Priggel on the left wing to cut it to nine.  The Eagles clawed back and were down only four, 48-44 heading into the final eight minutes.

With about 1:15 gone in the fourth, Jacob Shoemaker hit a trey from the right baseline and was fouled.  He sank the free throw, picking up the rare four-point play and tying the score at 48.  Oran went on to score the next nine point to pick up the win.  The last Bernie field goal came with 1:43 left in the third period.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, " I thought Bernie, who is well coached, presented some matchup problems for us. They have a good post player and really good guards who can shoot which presented some problems for us. We were forced to play from behind for most of the game. I was proud of our kids for being very persistent and digging down and getting stops defensively. We were able to get a lead and played smart offensively down the stretch."

Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 22.  He hit four from beyond the arc and was 5 of 6 from the line, including 4-4 during the fourth quarter.  Todd Priggel finished with 10.

Ty Johnson had nine, including a trey.  Cooper Priggel and Tyson Goodale each added six.  Priggel's came from three-point land.  Langdon  Scheeter had four to round out the scoring.

At the line, they hit 12 of 18 for 67% and they improved to a record of 14-1.

The Eagles travel to Chaffee tonight to take on the conference and district rival Red Devils at 6 pm.

Monday, January 14, 2019

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

What's happenin' (1/14-1/19)

Every day will have basketball action for the Oran High School teams.

Starting on Monday both the boys, 13-1 and the girls 9-4, who are no longer ranked but still receiving votes, will be in action.  The boys will host 11-4 Bernie while the girls travel to Fruitland to take on the fifth-ranked in class 3 Saxony Lutheran Crusaders who come in at 13-2 and own a 67-59 win over the Lady Eagles during the Holiday Tournament.

On Tuesday, the boys travel up Highway 77 to face conference foe Chaffee (currently 8-7).  The Eagles defeated the Devils during the Christmas Tournament, 61-26.

Wednesday will see the Lady Eagles JV, 6-2, will host the Meadow Heights Varsity, 5-8.  These two squads met up in mid-December at the Bloomfield Tournament.  Oran came away with the 41-37 victory.

On Thursday the girls will travel to Delta, 3-7.  As of now, the plan is to start with the varsity contest and then play two quarters of jv.

Friday with be the rescheduled Homecoming. If you went to the boys game on Thursday you've seen the stage and the backdrop.  If not here it is:

The opponent is 0-11 Bell City.  The Eagles defeated the Cubs to open the Oran Invitational way back in late November, 91-24.

All of those games tip at 6 pm.

On Saturday, the varsity girls will look to begin their march toward a fourth-straight Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament crown, when they face East Prairie  (3-7) at 10am at home.  Oran has defeated East Prairie twice in two meetings thus far, in the opening round of the Chaffee Tournament, 100-30 and the regular season matchup, 74-28.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Lady Eagles sweep Hawks

For the second time this week, Oran High School basketball teams swept the Kelly Hawks on the road.  Last night it was the girls.  The jv won 53-21, while the varsity picked up a 72-41 win.  On Tuesday, the boys had won 64-43 and 63-41, respectively.

The junior varsity was up 14-5 after one and 29-10 at the break and cruised on to a 32 point win.

Katie Webb led all scorers with 14 in three quarters of action.  Traci Hency had 12 and Mallory Lowes 10.  Lowes hit two from beyond the arc.

Rylee Boshell finished with nine, including a trey.  Hope Woodfin had six and Lydia Tankersly hit both of her free throw attempts to round out the scoring.

The team was only 2 of 6 from the line for 33%.  They improved to 3-0 in conference action and 6-2 in all games.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I thought we did a good job of establishing our post game early and that helped open up shots for our guards. The girls did a nice job rebounding and getting good shots."

The Eagles took control of the varsity contest early.

Oran led 8-0 with 6:15 left in the opening quarter when Kelly took a time out.  The Eagles scored the first 16 points of the contest and led 29-10 after one.  Time out number two came at the 5:19 mark of the second quarter after Oran scored the first 10 points to take a 39-10 lead. It was 46-13 at halftime.

Their third time out was taken with 3:45 remaining in the third and the score 61-20.  It was 70-29 after period number-three. 

The fourth time out was at 5:54 remaining and the score 70-31  the Hawks used their fifth and final time with 3:36 left in the game and Oran on top 72-33 in a turbo-clock fourth, the Lady Eagles ended up with a 31-point rout.

Coach Evans said, "The girls did a good job of establishing the tempo early in the first quarter. We were able to push the ball up the floor to get some good open looks. Our defense did a nice job of pressuring them into some turnovers."

Leah Cauble had a game-high 28 points.  She had a team-high six assists and grabbed five rebounds.  Jessie Long just missed a double-double with 16 points, including a trey and a team-leading nine boards.  Kaylee Payne had 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.  She hit two from beyond the arc.

Katelyn Streeter finished with six, all coming from three-point land.  Katie Webb scored four.  Madison Ramsey hit a trey for her points.  Taylor Lowes hit a field goal to round out the scoring.

As a team, they were 25-46 from inside the arc for 54% and 6 of 26 from beyond for 23%.  At the line, they hit 4 of 9 for 44%.

They improved to 4-0 and 9-4.  With Saturday's action already canceled, they will return to the floor on Monday when they travel to Fruitland to take on Saxony Lutheran at 6.

Eagles whip Woodland

The Oran High School boys basketball teams picked up a pair of convincing wins last night over the visiting Woodland Cardinals.  The junior varsity won 61-45.  The varsity was victorious, 72-39.

In game one, the Eagles were up 37-16 at the half and went on to win by 16.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "I thought the kids played extremely hard last night and it was good to avenge a loss from earlier in the year.  We played a lot better defensively and rotated a lot better when we were in our scramble defense after coming off the press.  We got our hands on quite a few passes that we deflected that just didn’t bounce our way and right into the hands of a Woodland player.  We still have to adjust to being able to play with a lead at the end of the game and not force any unnecessary shots."

The Cardinals had defeated Oran in the championship game of the Advance Junior Varsity tournament about a month ago, 40-39.

Three Eagles reached double-digits.  Diesel Cato, Cooper Priggel and Nick Romas each had 11.  Priggel hit three treys in his two quarters of action.  Cato hit one from beyond the arc.

Dane Shands finished with eight, including a three-pointer.  Kaleb Gosche and Samuel Shoemaker both had six.  Seth Cauble hit a three for his points and Logan Rose and Cameron Westrich each had a field goal.

The team was only 3 of 15 at the line for 20%. 

During the nightcap, after a close first quarter which Oran led 16-10, they doubled the margin in the second.  The Eagles were up 37-25 at the break.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we played with good energy and effort from the start but we didn’t shoot the ball well in the beginning. We were able to control the tempo and get a quicker pace which was in our favor. I also thought we did a good job of passing the ball and were patient offensively and took good shots."

After halftime, Woodland tried to pressure more out of their zone defense, double-teaming at times but Oran handled it and went on a 16-0 run through the first five and a half minutes of the third.  The highlight of the period though was Langdon Scheeters' half-court heave at the buzzer that went in.  Oran had a 58-29 lead with eight minutes remaining and for all intents and purposes, the game was over.

When asked about any changes that were made leading to that decisive third-quarter, Shoemaker said, "Didn’t do a lot different just a slight adjustment with the press and how we guarded the post but the biggest thing was we simply made shots. "

Scheeter was the game's top scorer with 18.  He hit two treys and was 2-2 from the line.  Jacob Shoemaker and Tyson Goodale both added 17.  Shoemaker hit three threes and Goodale made five of his seven free throw attempts.

Cooper Priggel had eight points during the varsity matchup and that included two more three-pointers.  Ty Johnson had six, Todd Priggel and Luke Patterson had three each.  Patterson nailed a trey.

Coach Shoemaker added, "It was nice to see Tyson and Langdon being aggressive on the offensive end and they both had good games"

The varsity was 8-12 from the charity stripe for 67%.  They improved to 13-1.

With tonight's cancellation, the Eagles will be back in action on Monday when they host Bernie.