Thursday, March 1, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Oh, what a night!

Before last year, it had never happened before.  Now its happened two years in a row.  The Oran High School girls and boys basketball teams are both district champions. For the Lady Eagles, it is their fifth straight title after defeating Chaffee 56-44.  The boys, who have made an appearance in eight championship games in a row have won back-to-back crowns after a surprisingly easy win over St. Vincent 77-46.  It was their sixth straight win over the Indians.

The girls got things started last night at a jam-packed Perry Park Center.  For the second straight year Oran fell behind Chaffee.  Last year it was a second-quarter comeback, this year it didn't happen until the third.

The Lady Eagles were down 14-11 after one and trailed 27-22 at the break.  But Oran used a 20-10 third-quarter advantage to take the lead and went on to win by 12.  It was their 10th straight win over their conference rivals over the past three seasons, meaning, none of the current girls have tasted defeat to the Lady Devils.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "It was nice to pick up the championship victory but I wish we would’ve played better. We made mistakes that we normally don’t make. The girls showed a lot of heart and determination in coming back from a halftime deficit. We finally made the run in the 2nd half that I had been waiting for the whole game. Overall it was great to win the district title once again."

Leah Cauble led all scorers with 29.  She hit one from beyond the arc and she grabbed a team-high eight rebound.  Jessie Long 13 points, including a trey during the third, and four steals.  Kaylee Payne finished with 11.  She was 7 of 7 from the line in the first half helping to keep the Lady Eagles within striking distance.

Katelyn Streeter hit a big three during that third period run to account for her points.  She also had six rebounds.  Claire Ramsey did not score but she also grabbed six boards and had a team-high three assists.

It was a poor shooting night for Oran, who hit only 17-43 from inside the arc for 30% and 3 of 14 from beyond for 21%.  At the free throw line, they made only 50% (13-26).

The Lady Eagles improved to 22-4 with the win.

They will face Puxico for the second year in a row in the sectional round next Wednesday at 6 pm at Jackson High School.  Last year Oran prevailed 73-54 in a game much closer than the final score would indicate.

During the nightcap, the boys were, for the first time in the last two years, the visitors on the scoreboard and attired in their blue uniforms in Perryville.  That was because the host St. Vincent Indians had been awarded the top seed and Oran was number two.  That seemed to motivate the Eagles as they came out on fire and led from wire to wire picking up the 31 point victory that featured a running clock at the end of the game.

Oran led 13-2 less than four minutes into the contest.  It was 25-5 after one.

With three Eagle starters carrying two fouls each, Oran slowed it down in the second but still held a commanding 36-13 lead at the intermission.

The Indians were able to cut the deficit to 19 in the third but got no closer as the Eagles closed it out strong.

Oran had four players score in double-figures.

Layne "The Rock" Johnson was the game's high-scorer with 22, 16 of which came during the first half when the Eagles built their lead.  Johnson hit five three's on the night.  Cole Priggel finished with 20, 16 of which came in the second half.  Jacob Shoemaker finished with 18, including a trey.  Todd Priggel added 10, including two really nice coast-to-coast drives.

Drew Reischman scored five and Tyson Goodale had two.

The boys hit 12 of 18 from the line for 67%.

They are now 21-5 and will face Hayti next Wednesday following the girls at 7:45.  Last year Oran won a thriller 53-47.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2nd quarter propels boys into championship game

The number-two seed Oran High School boys basketball team trailed the third-seeded Chaffee Red Devils 13-12 after one period of play last night during a semifinal matchup in the Class 2, District 2 tournament at the Perry Park Center in Perryville.  Chaffee had picked up a 13 point win on the Eagles' home floor three weeks earlier after Oran had won a 26 point affair during the Christmas tournament.  But, those 13 points the Devils scored in the first would be the last they would tally until 30 seconds into the third after the Eagles tossed a 17-0 shutout to take a 29-13 lead into halftime.

Chaffee hit a field goal a half-minute in, but Jacob Shoemaker then hit his only trey of the night to quell the possibility of a Red Devil run, and Oran went on to a 20 point 59-39 win to advance into Thursday night's championship game against top-seeded and host St. Vincent.  St. Vincent moved on thanks to a 71-52 victory over number five Valle Catholic.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I didn’t feel that we shot very well but we didn’t let that affect our energy level.  I was also proud of the way we rebounded the ball.  I was very proud of our defense in holding their leading two scorers, who are very good players, to a combined 17 points.  Hopefully, we will continue to guard as well and shoot the ball a little better."

Layne Johnson had 17 of his own to lead all scorers.  He hit two from beyond the arc and his only free throw attempt.  Shoemaker had 15 including that third quarter three.

Cole Priggel finished with eight and hit both from the charity stripe and Tyson Goodale also added eight points off the bench.  Todd Priggel had six and made both free shots.  Drew Reischman also had six points before fouling out.

The Eagles were 9 of 11 from the line for 82%.

Oran is now 20-5 and they will be playing in their eighth consecutive district championship game.  The boys will play at approximately 7:30 on Thursday.

The first game of the night will feature the number-one seeded Oran Lady Eagles looking for the fifth straight district crown as they face Chaffee at 6 pm.

Link to semoball photo gallery

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lady Eagles advance to title game

The number-one seeded Oran High School girls basketball team picked up a convincing win over the fourth-seeded Valle Catholic Warriors last night, 86-38, in a quarterfinal matchup of the Class 2, District 2 tournament at the Perry Park Center in Perryville.

The Eagles led 13-1 with under two minutes gone in the first when Valle took its first timeout.  The score was 25-7 after one.  The Warriors kept it manageable at the break, 48-27, thanks in large part by knocking down five long-range three's, three of which were banked in.

Oran put the game out of reach in the third by going on a 30-3 onslaught. After a turbo-clock fourth where every Eagle available played,  Oran picked up the 48 point victory.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I thought our pressure really caused them fits in the 1st quarter, which was a good thing because we didn’t shoot it real well at least from 3. In the 2nd we got a little tired and gave up way too many points. At halftime, we decided to back up the press some and that worked in our favor."

Leah Cauble recorded a double-double with 35 points, which included three treys, and 11 boards.   She had four assists.   Jessie Long was a force inside picking up 21.  She also connected on a three-pointer.  Long had eight rebounds.  Kaylee Payne had 12 points and five steals.

Claire Ramsey knocked down two from beyond the arc for her six points and dished out four assists.  Katelyn Streeter had four points.  Both Mallory Lowes and Madison Ramsey hit three-pointers and Katie Webb had two points.

The Eagles were 28 of 46 from inside the arc for 61% and 8 of 23 from beyond for 35%.  At the free throw line, they hit a disappointing 6 of 13 for 46%.

Oran will face number two seed Chaffee on Thursday at 6 pm in the championship game.

For the Eagles, they will be looking for their fifth-straight district crown.  Last year they defeated the Red Devils 62-48 for the right to advance, but in that game, Oran trailed by five in the second quarter and had to rally.

Earlier this season, the Eagles defeated Chaffee in the championship of the Lady Devil Invitational 51-46 and then Oran won at home 93-48.

The Red Devils moved on to their fourth straight finals appearance with a 58-24 win over number-three St. Vincent.  Chaffee's season has ended the last two years in the title game.

Photo gallery from semoball is located here.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

What's happenin' (2/19-2/23)

The Class two, District two basketball tounament continues this week at the Perry Park Center in Perryville.

Right now we know that the girls, 20-4, the number one seed, will take on the fourth-seeded Valle Catholic on Monday at 6 pm.  The Warriors are 13-14.

The boys, who are 19-4 and seeded second will face number three Chaffee on Tuesday at 7:15.  The Red Devils are currently 18-6.  The two team have met twice this season, with each claiming a victory.  The Eagles won during the Chrismas Tournament 83-57.  Chaffee won at Oran on January 30th, 72-59.

The Championship games are scheduled for Thursday.  The girls play at 6 pm, the boys at 7:30.

C2D2 opens with pair of easy wins

The Oran High School basketball teams picked up a couple of easy wins last night in the opening round of the Class 2, District 2 tournament at the Perry Park Center in Perryville.

The girls' squad, the number-one seed, faced a winless 8th-seed Bismarck Indians team.  The Lady Eagles started slow offensively but led 6-0 before the Indians hit a free throw at the 6:21 mark.  Oran was up 28-3 after the first and it was 58-11 at halftime.

If there was any doubt about the outcome, the Eagles pushed it away with a 27-1 margin in the third as they soared to an 89-21 blowout.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "Even though we didn’t shoot the ball well we got after it well both offensively and defensively. It was a good game to get our feet wet in this gym."

Leah Cauble outscored the Indians on her own, despite playing just a little more than two quarters.  She hit for 37 points.  She was 15-17 from inside the arc and also added a trey and had eight rebounds.  Kaylee Payne also saw limited action but put up 15 points, had five rebounds, four steals and three assists.  She also hit one from beyond the arc.  Jessie Long had a double-double with 10 points and 11 steals.  She grabbed eight boards and she too hit a three-pointer.

Madison Ramsey hit two shots from beyond the arc to account for her six points.  Claire Ramsey finished with five.  She hit a three, as well.  Katie Webb had four points and Mallory Lowes had two.

They hit 31-49 inside the arc for 63% and 7 of 34 from beyond for 21%.  At the line, 6-12 for 50%.

The girls improved to 20-4 and will play 4) Valle Catholic on Monday at 6 pm.

Every Eagle saw playing time during the contest.

The boys also started out a little slow.  In fact, neither team was able to dent the scoreboard until Drew Reischman scored in close with  6:20 on the clock to give Oran the lead.  They never looked back after that.  The Eagles were up 27-2 after the first period and expanded that to 49-6 heading into the locker rooms.  The boys also able to play their entire bench and rolled to the 82-21 win.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we played with a lot of energy and effort and was able to get some turnovers for easy points. Now we have to be ready to practice Monday and prepare for Chaffee who beat us the last time we played. It was really nice to have all of the fan support which helps give us energy when we are playing and hopefully we will continue to have a good crowd."

Fourteen Eagles reached the scoring column, led by Jacob Shoemaker's 17.  He hit a three-pointer.  Layne Johnson had 15.  Reischman finished with 10.

Peyton McVay had nine, Cole Priggel seven, Denver Elfrink six, Todd Priggel had five with a three. Tyson Goodale had four.  Cooper Priggel, Calen Read and Langdon Scheeter had two apiece. William Kluesner, Avery Mitchem and Joey Phillips each hit free toss.

The boys hit 12 of 22 from the charity stripe for 55%.

The second-seed Eagles, 19-5, will square off with # 3 Chaffee for the third time this season on Tuesday at 7:15 pm.  The teams have split the two previous meetings.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Conference champs win two last night

The Oran High School girls basketball teams swept Scott City on road last night, and by doing so, finished undefeated regular seasons in league play.  The junior varsity won 19-10 in a two-period contest.  The varsity won their third straight crown by drubbing the Lady Rams 79-33.

The jayvee led 11-7 after one and went on to win by nine.

Katie Webb had 10 points for the Eagles.

Heather Gosche had four.  Savannah Below and Kennedi McVay, each had two.  Taylor Lowes added a single tally.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We came out a little flat but did just enough to end the year on a high note. It was a very successful season for the girls."

The younger team concluded its season with a 4-0 league mark and 10-1 overall.  They also claimed their division of the conference tournament.

One might have thought that after the big win at Dexter the night before, the varsity could struggle from a letdown, That didn't happen though, as Oran soared out to a 16-0 lead just three minutes into the action.

After one, the score was 41-12.  At halftime, the lead ballooned to 64-20 as Oran cruised to the 46 point win.

Leah Cauble scored 26 in less than a quarter and a half.  She was 11-11 from inside the arc and she added three steals  and a three-pointer.  Jessie Long finished with 16 points and six boards.  She hit eight of nine from inside the arc.

Claire Ramsey had nine points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out a team-high five assists and hit a trey.  Webb got eight points on varsity and had six rebounds.  Katlyn Streeter and Kaylee Payne both finished with seven.  Streeter hit one from beyond the arc and Payne, who played less than a half, had six rebounds, four assists and four steals.  Madison Ramsey hit two from distance to account for her six points. She added three assists.

While not every Eagle scored, every Eagle did get significant playing time.

Evans said, "We came out shooting the ball well and got a lot of girls in the game. It was some good experience for the younger girls."

The varsity has now won 21 straight regular-season conference matchups.  The three consecutive regular-season titles pairs nicely with the three straight tournament crowns.

The older squad finished 6-0 and 19-4 and will look to pick up "one for the thumb" starting Saturday.

The Lady Eagles will attempt to win its fifth district championship in a row.  Oran, the number-one seed, will face #8 Bismarck at 3 pm at the Perry Park Center in Perryville.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Girls take two from Dexter

It wasn't exactly the Valentine's Day massacre, but, the Oran High School girls basketball teams picked up two double-digit wins on the road last night at Class 4 Dexter.  The junior varsity won 49-39.  The varsity, in surprisingly easy fashion, prevailed 68-45.

In the opener, the Lady Eagles led  14-6 after one and were up 28-20 at the break.  Oran expanded the margin to 33-26 heading into the final period.  A rally by the Lady Bearcats cut the deficit, but it was too little, too late and the Eagles picked up the 10 point win.

Katie Webb was one of three that scored in double-figures, as balanced scoring was a theme from last night,  She had 14 points in three-quarters of action.  She hit both of her free throw attempts.  Heather Gosche ended up with 13.  She made her only free throw shot.  Taylor Lowes finished with 10.  She hit two from beyond the arc and made both of her free shots.

Mallory Lowes had eight and made both of her free throw attempts.  Savannah Below added four.

The girls were seven of eight from the line for an excellent 88%.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We came out and moved the ball well against their zone and knocked down some open shots. We had really good balanced scoring and were able to hold them off down the stretch. It was a good team effort against a good opponent."

They improved to 9-1.

The varsity contest did not start out well for the Eagles.  They turned the ball over on their first two possessions and were down 4-0 before they found their groove.  From that point, Oran outscored Dexter, 21-12 to end the first up 21-16.  Katelyn Streeter had a huge first period as she knocked down three straight three's.

The Eagles pulled away in the second and took a 40-20 lead into the locker room.   Oran padded the margin by three in the second half to pick up the 23 point win over the #6 ranked team in Class 4.

We had mentioned in the St. Vincent post how the team had made a couple of statement wins over district opponents.  Last night was a signature win.  We used #SignatureWin last night in the final score tweet (even though it took a couple of tries) and coach Evans mentioned it during his interview after the game with the reporter from the Dexter Statesman.  A link to the story and their photo gallery is provided just above the "score by quarters" for your viewing pleasure.

Coach Evans said, " This was a huge win for the program. Dexter is missing a starter but they are a really good team that is always tough. The girls did a good job of hitting some big outside shots during the first half and we really played lockdown defense during the second quarter. I can't say enough about the great total team effort we displayed."

The Eagles only had four players score, but they all reached double-digits.

Leah Cauble led the way as she posted a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds.  Jessie Long had 15 points and five boards.  Streeter finished with 12, all of which came from beyond the arc, while Kaylee Payne scored 10 and had four rebounds.

Claire  Ramsey did not score, but she had a team-high seven assists.  She also grabbed four rebounds.

From inside the arc, they hit 16-27 for 59%.  From beyond, they were 8-24 for 33%.  The connected on 12-14 free throws for 86%.

The varsity girls are now 18-4.

Both squads will close the regular season tonight at conference foe Scott City.  There will be 2 periods of junior varsity action at 6 pm followed by the varsity.

**Reminder, there is a McTeacher's Night from 4 pm to 8-pm this evening at the McDonald's at Boomland.

Dexter Statesman article 

Dexter Statesman photo gallery

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Boys split in finale

The Oran High School boys basketball teams finished its regular season on the road last night in Advance.  The junior varsity picked up a big 87-46 victory, but the varsity squandered a double-digit lead and lost 68-63.

The younger team trailed 18-16 after the first period but took a 42-35 lead into the break.  It was a huge third quarter by the Eagles that put the game away, however.  Oran outscored Advance, 32-9 and cruised to the mercy-rule victory.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "I thought our jayvee played a really good game last night.  We were able to take a lead at half time and make some adjustments on their best player and have that lead grow from 10 or so to almost 30 points by the end of the 3rd Quarter.  We were able to hit some shots from the outside and also getting the ball inside.  Tyson Goodale had a really good game in the first and only half he played.  I thought Cooper Priggel did a good job of being ready to shoot when he was open and then also driving at times.  Ty Johnson and Langdon Scheeter did an excellent job on their best player defensively in the 3rd quarter by not letting him score after he scored 18 in the first half.  I felt like it was an all-around effort by the team to get the win."

Goodale led all scorers with 21.  Priggel had 16, including two treys and was three for three from the line.  Scheeter had 15 and he hit a three-pointer.  Johnson had ten and he nailed two from beyond the arc.

Kaiden Massey finished with nine and Tristen Schlosser had eight.  Lane Peterson and Dane Shands both hit three's.  Logan Rose hit a field goal.

They made 6 of 16 free throws for 38%.

Coach Bickings added, "It was our last game for the JV squad.  They finished the season 15-4.  Of our four losses, one came from Chaffee’s Varsity and another from Saxony JV in the Advance Tournament.  The other two losses we had the ball at the end of the game with a chance to win but the shot just didn’t fall.  Overall it was a good season but at the same time, there is always room for improvement.  The message from the coaching staff after the game was to work on the things you need to work on to make yourself a complete player and to get stronger by getting in the weight room."

[note:  I did not originally count the loss to Chaffee's varsity on the jv record, but since the coach did, I changed the Schedule/Result page to reflect that.]

The varsity Eagles took a two-point lead after one quarter, 15-13.  But, trailed by four at the intermission, 29-24.  Oran got the lead early in the third and expanded it to 11, 44-33 with 1:34 left in the period.  But, that's when the Hornets started chipping away.

It was 44-34 heading into the final eight minutes.

With 6:32 remaining the lead was down to two, 46-44.  The Eagles were up 52-49 at the 4:36 mark but Advance was ahead 55-54 about a minute and a half later.  Oran trailed by three, 66-63 and had the ball but a desperation shot missed and the Hornets were able to convert on a layup at the buzzer.

Jacob Shoemaker led the Eagles with 18 points.  He hit two from beyond the arc and both of his free throw attempts.  Drew Reischman stepped up with 15, with eight of those coming in the first period.  Cole Priggel had 12.  He made all four of his free shots.

Layne Johnson and Todd Priggel had eight apiece.  Johnson hit two treys.  Goodale added two at the varsity level.

As a team, they hit 9 of 13 for 62%.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we played hard but had a couple of mistakes that you just can’t have against good teams.  We had won the last three games against Advance and playing at their place we knew it would be a battle. I was proud of how our boys competed with good attitudes and effort. Hopefully, they will clean those mistakes up as we head into districts."

Oran finishes the regular season with an 18-5 record and will compete in the Class 2, District 2 tournament in Perryville at the Perry Park Center on Saturday.  The second-seeded Eagles will face the #7 Bismarck Indians at 4:15.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Thursday changes and updates:

Originally I had posted that it would be varsity only at Scott City on Thursday.  Last night I found it there will be two-quarter of junior varsity action starting at 6 pm.

Also, there will be a McTeachers' Night at the McDonald's at Boomland from 4pm to 8pm.

Lady Eagles sweep St. Vincent

The Oran High School girls basketball teams picked up a pair of wins last night to close out the home portion of their schedules against the St. Vincent Lady Indians.  The junior varsity won 46-19 and the varsity prevailed 76-33.

Coach Ethan Evans said of his younger team, "The girls came out and really got after it in the first quarter. They were knocking down shots and playing good defense. We slacked off a little during the second quarter but got back to business after halftime."

Got after it they did.  The Eagles led 15-0 after the first. They held the Indians to a single tally in the third, 15-1.

Heather Gosche topped her team in scoring with 14.  The Lowes' sisters, Mallory and Taylor, both had 11 and both hit three shots from beyond the arc.  

Katie Webb had five and Savannah Below rounded out the scoring with four.

The girls hit 3 of 4 from the line for 75%.

The junior varsity improved to 8-1 on the year.

The varsity wasn't able to throw a shutout the entire first period like their younger teammates did.   But, they did hold their guests scoreless for the first four minutes and were on top 17-0 before giving up points.  

It was 26-8 after one quarter and 40-20 at the intermission.  The Eagles put it on ice with a 26-7 third stanza on their way to the 43 point win.

Coming into the contest Leah Cauble needed 31 points to reach the 2,500 point plateau.  She reached the mark at about the 3:01 mark of the third quarter.  This is the video of the play:

Cauble led all scorers with 42.  She nailed four treys, had six rebounds, four steals and three assists.  She hit 8 of her 10 free throw attempts.   Kaylee Payne finished with 19 points.  She too hit four shots from beyond the arc and had a team-high seven steals as well as leading the team in assists with four.

Webb picked up eight points on the varsity level.  She was four of four from the field and grabbed four rebounds.  Katelyn Streeter added five points, including a three-pointer.

Jessie Long grabbed a team-high nine boards and had two points.  Claire Ramsey did not score but she did end up with six rebounds.

The Eagles hit 20 of 29 from two-point range for 69%.  They were 9 of 28 from beyond the arc for 32%.  At the line, they hit 9 of 13 for 69%.

Coach Evans said, "The girls set the tone early in this one by knocking down shots and really pressuring their guards. During the 2nd quarter, we played too slow and didn’t make enough stops but came out during the 3rd quarter at our pace to put this one out of reach."

Over the past three weeks, Oran, who is the top-seed in the upcoming Class 2 District 2 tournament, has made a statement by defeating the second-seeded Chaffee Lady Devils by 45 points.  St. Vincent is seeded third in the tourney that starts on Saturday.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action when they travel to Dexter for a 6 pm tip. The varsity will be facing the fourth-ranked team in the state in class 4.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

What's happenin' (2/12-2/17)

Its the final week of the regular season for Oran High School basketball!  The girls (4-0, 7-1 & 5-0, 16-4) and the boys (6-1, 5-3 & 5-2, 18-4) will look to enter the post-season on winning streaks.

The girls are scheduled to host district-rival St. Vincent on Monday at 6 pm.  St. Vincent has canceled school for tomorrow, however.  So right now, that one is up in the air.

The boys will close out their regular season on Tuesday at Advance.  The Eagles have defeated the Hornets in both previous meetings, so expect a battle.  It will be their little cheer night.  Tip time is 6 pm, gates open at 5.

On Wednesday, the girls travel to Dexter take on to take on the class 4 powerhouse Bearcats.  Dexter is currently ranked 4th in their class in the most recent coaches' poll.  The game is scheduled to start at 6 pm.

The regular season ends on Thursday when the girls hit the road again.  They will head over to Scott City to face their Scott-Miss foes.  The Lady Rams did not have a junior varsity squad during the conference tournament and we are assuming they still don't.  If we hear differently we will update ASAP.

Everyone is off on Friday and there is no school.

The district tournament starts on Friday.  It is at the Perry Park Center again.  Here is a Link to the Brackets. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Boys complete season sweep of Braves

The Oran High School boys basketball teams picked up two wins last night against the visiting Scott County Central Braves.  The junior varsity won a two-quarter affair 42-28.  The varsity celebrated Senior night with an 85-54 scalping.  It was the third victory of the season for the Eagles over its conference rivals.

The jayvee led 20-14 after one and expanded that lead during the second and final period.

"I thought the jv players played well,"  said coach Joe Shoemaker.

Langdon Scheeter scored 10 for his team.

Ty Johnson finished with nine, Kaiden Massey, Logan Rose and Cameron Westrich each had six.  Dane Shands added four and Cooper Priggel, one.

They made 8 of 11 from the line for 73%.

They are now 14-3 overall and finish the conference schedule 6-1.

The Senior night festivities featured; Cheerleaders:  Kamryn Graviett, Allison Holt and Sydney Kern, Pep Band member:  Joshua Sauceda, as well as Boys Basketball players;  Peyton McVay, Joey Phillips, William Kluesner, Cole Priggel, Layne Johnson, Bradley Brooks, Denver Elfrink and Drew Reischman.

McVay, Phillips, Kluesner, Priggel and Elfrink got the start last night.  They were on the floor for about the first three minutes before the normal starters (Johnson, Reischman, Jacob Shoemaker and Todd Priggel), entered the game.  At that point, the Eagles held a 7-4 lead.  Oran was on top 17-4 after the first quarter.  It was a 20 point margin by halftime, 40-20.

Scott Central went on a 5-0 run to open the third period, but the Eagles held fast and expanded the lead to 24 (66-42) entering the final eight minutes.  Then, with 4:32 left in the game gap passed 30 at 78-47 and the mercy rule was enacted.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the seniors played very good from the start. I also thought that we played with a purpose tonight and played very hard and unselfishly. We had a little let down at the end of the second quarter on the defensive glass and at the third quarter closing out on shooters but our defense was better than it has been.  Hopefully, we will come out prepared to practice on Monday as we prepare to go to Advance and play them for the third time this year."

Jacob Shoemaker had 31 points to lead all scorers.  Nine of those points came from beyond the arc and he had seven rebounds.  Layne Johnson had 14 points, including two three's.  He grabbed seven boards.  Cole Priggel also added 14 points.

Reischman finished the night with eight points, while Todd Priggel had six and a team-high nine rebounds.  Phillips also had six points on the evening, as he nailed a three during the opening and closing minutes of the game.  Tyson Goodale ended up with four points and William Kluesner had two.

The team hit 7 of 13 from beyond the arc for 54% and 14 of 17 from the line for 82%

They finish the Scott-Miss at 5-2 and are now 18-4 overall.

Oran will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to face the Advance Hornets at 6 pm.  It will be the Hornets' "lil cheer night," so plan on arriving early if possible.  Gates open at 5 pm.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Lady Eagles soar to two wins on the road

The Oran High School girls basketball teams claimed a pair of victories last night in East Prairie spoiling the host's senior night.  The junior varsity won 32-14 in an abbreviated contest of only two periods.   The varsity had a laugher, winning 71-25.

About the first game, Coach Ethan Evans said, "The girls came out hitting shots from the get-go. They also got out in the passing lanes and created turnovers that led to easy baskets. It was a good 2 quarters."

Oran led 19-6 after one.

Taylor Lowes scored nine of her game-high 12 during those first seven minutes, all from beyond the arc.  She hit four from long-range on the night.

Heather Gosche had nine points, Mallory Lowes finished with four, while Katie Webb had three.  Kennedi McVay and Alyssa Spane had two each.

The younger girls were two of three from the line for 67%.

They are now 7-1 and 4-0 in the S-MC.

The varsity started a little slow from the field.  They could not buy a field goal to open the game.  They made three early free throws.  After the home team hit a field goal it was 3-2.  Madison Ramsey checked into the game and promptly hit a three-pointer to give her team a spark.

Oran was on top 24-2 after the first quarter and it was 36-2 before East Prairie would score again with about 3 and a half minutes remaining before halftime.  When both teams headed to their locker rooms for the intermission,  the score was 48-8.  Heading into the fourth it was 66-16.

The clock ran the entire second half.

Coach Evans said, "We came out with a little bit of mental and physical exhaustion from the Saxony game during the 1st part of the game. We finally got going a few minutes in and played fairly well except at the free throw line."

Leah Cauble outscored East Prairie on her own, knocking down 26.  She also had a team-high eight rebounds.  Kaylee Payne had 14 points, five steals and four assists.  Jessie Long finished with 11 points and seven boards.

Webb had nine points, Ramsey ended up with five, Katelyn Streeter had four.  Savannah Below round out the scoring with two.

After a great shooting percentage from three-point range the night before (55%), they were only 2-17 for 12% last evening.  Oran hit 27-45 from two for 59%.  From the free throw line, they hit 20-31 for 65%.

The varsity is now 16-4 and 5-0.

Oran will be back in action on Monday when the host district-rival St. Vincent on Monday at 6 pm.  It will also be "Lil Cheer Night."

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Lady Eagles drop two at home

The Oran High School girls basketball teams lost twice last night against the visiting Saxony Lutheran Crusaders.  The junior varsity fell 48-36 and the varsity led after three but ended up losing 64-59.

In the opener, Oran trailed 12-8 after the first period and was behind 20-17 at the half.  They would get no closer and ended up losing by 12 as they tasted defeat for the first time this season.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We came out of the gate a little shaky but turned it around in the 2nd quarter to make it a close game. We had some costly turnovers in the 3rd quarter and we need to do a better job of handling pressure."

Savannah Below topped her team with 11 points, she hit two treys.

Taylor Lowes scored eight, including a three-pointer, Katie Webb added seven.  Heather Gosche put in five.  Kennedi McVay knocked down one from beyond the arc for her points.  Paige Bradley and Mallory Lowes, each hit a free throw to round out the scoring for the JV Lady Eagles, who are now 6-1.  They will be back in action tonight at East Prairie for a two-quarter conference contest that starts at 6 pm.

Going into the varsity game, Eagle nation knew it would take a superior effort to pull off a victory over the regional powerhouse Lady Crusaders.

The two teams met in early January for the championship of the Delta New Year's Tournament and Saxony cruised to a 66-38 win.

Last night, Oran fell just short.  The two teams played an even first quarter (13-13).  The home team managed a 26-24 lead heading into the halftime locker rooms.  The Eagles were still up 34-33 entering the final eight minutes.  But the size and depth of the visitors proved too much as Oran dropped a heartbreaker by five points.

Coach Evans commented, "This game was a battle from start to finish. I thought we played a very good game both offensively and defensively but their height just got to us late in the game. I am very proud of the effort and determination the girls displayed all night long."

Leah Cauble led all scorers with 30.  She hit 12 of those points from beyond the arc and made six of seven from the line and grabbed a team-high eight boards.  Jessie Long scored 10 points, was two of two from three and had six rebounds.

Kaylee Payne, who did not play in the first meeting, ended up with nine points, all of which came from beyond the arc.  She added five rebounds, three assists and two steals.  Claire Ramsey hit two three's for her six points and dished out a team-high four assists.  Madison Ramsey recorded her three points by knocking one down from long range,  Kaitlyn Streeter hit a free throw to round out the Eagles' scoring.

Oran was 12-22 for 55% from distance, but only 7 of 23 inside the arc (30%).  From the line, they hit 9 of 12 for 75%.

The varsity is now 15-4 and will put it's 20 game conference winning streak on the line tonight at East Prairie, following the abbreviated junior varsity contest.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Lady Eagles pick up convincing home win over Woodland

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team defeated the visiting Woodland Cardinals last night 76-37.  There was no junior varsity contest.

The Eagles led after each quarter, 18-9 after one and 36-21 at the break.

But, it wasn't until the third quarter that Oran put the game away.

The Lady Eagles hit three consecutive three-pointers to open the second half to put the game out of reach at 45-21 and the rout was on.  The Cardinals called a timeout at the 4:47 mark of the third with the score 52-25.  They called another at 3:48 after a 6-0 run by Oran.  At that point, the score was 58-25.

After three, it was 62-31 leading to a fourth-quarter turbo clock and a 39 point victory.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We came out after halftime and finally started knocking down some shots. In the 1st half we had a lot of open looks but just couldn’t get anything to go down. One thing that didn’t waver the whole game was our defense. We did a good job of guarding in the half court all night."

During that turning point third quarter, Leah Cauble had 16 of her game-high 43 points.  On the night, she hit four treys, was five of five from the line and had five rebounds.  Kaylee Payne recorded her second straight double-double with a season-high 23 points and 12 boards (also a season-high). She was six of nine from beyond the arc, had five steals and three assists.

Katelyn Streeter scored seven points.  She hit a three-pointer.  Claire Ramsey finished with two points.  Ramsey led the team, however, in steals and assists with seven and five, respectively.  Katie Webb hit a free throw to round out the scoring.

The Eagles were 18-38 from two-point range for 39% and 11-28 from long range (39%).  At the line, they hit 7 of 10 for 70%.

The varsity is now 15-3.

The girls are scheduled to host Saxony on Wednesday (weather permitting).  Tip time is 6 pm.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

What's happenin' (2/5-2/10)

***updated on 2/5/2018 at 12:30 pm for Thursday's game.

The regular season for high school basketball is winding down.

Both the boys (5-1,13-3 & 4-2, 17-4) and the girls (2-0, 6-0 & 4-0, 14-3) will have multiple games this week.

On Monday, the girls will host Woodland.  The varsity will tip off at 6 pm.  That will be followed by two quarters of jayvee action.  Also, the baseball team store closes on Monday.  To start shopping, click HERE.

Tuesday is Senior Night for boys basketball as they host Bloomfield.  Besides hoops, senior cheerleaders and band members will be honored between games.

Wednesday will have the Lady Eagles hosting regional power Saxony Lutheran in a makeup game at 6.

On Thursday the girls will put their 19 game conference winning streak on the line as the will travel to East Prairie for the 6 pm start.  The junior varsity will play only 2-quarters followed by varsity.

The boys close the week on Friday when they host the Scott County Central Braves for the annual little cheer night.  It starts at 6 pm and the junior varsity will play only two quarters before the varsity, but get their early if you want a good seat.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Eagles sink Cubs

The Oran High School boys varsity basketball team bounced back from a disappointing loss to Chaffee on Tuesday with a convincing 83-21 trouncing of Bell City tonight on the road.  There was no jayvee contest.

It was the Cubs' homecoming.  Their theme was "Under the Sea" and it wasn't long before it appeared as if they were going down for the third time.

As the Eagle offense was a tidal wave in the first period.  Oran led 26-3 five minutes into the game and was up 31-7 after one and 58-11 at halftime.

They cruised on to a titanic 62 point margin, the widest of the season.

Every Eagle available reached the scoring column.

Jacob Shoemaker was the game's high point scorer with 16.  He hit one trey.  Cole Priggel scored 14, 12 of those coming during the first quarter.  Tyson Goodale and Todd Priggel had 11 each.  Todd hit one from beyond the arc.

William Kluesner and Peyton McVay had six apiece.  Denver Elfrink had five.

Senior Layne Johnson finished with four, which pushed him over the 1,000 point mark for his career.  He is the second varsity player to reach that plateau this season.  Junior Jacob Shoemaker passed 1,000 points in the third game of the season against Risco.

Avery Mitchem and Joey Phillips both hit treys to account for their points.  Calen Read and Drew Reischman rounded out the scoring with two points each.

Oran was only 4 of 14 from the line for 28%.

They improved to 17-4 overall.

The Eagles will be home next Tuesday when they host Bloomfield at 6 pm.  It will be Senior Night.

Eagles blow past Blue Jays

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team picked up its 19th straight regular-season conference victory by defeating the visiting Charleston Blue Jays last night 83-49, that featured a rousing edition of the Star Spangled Banner performed by Jays' head coach Dollette Hall. There was no junior varsity game.

The Eagles came out on fire,  They scored the first 10 points of the game during the first two minutes.  They led 30-12 at the end of period number one.  After that, they played well in spurts.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I thought the girls came out on fire in the 1st quarter. We knocked down some open shots against their zone and played decent defense. After that, they went to a box and we got stagnant both offensively and defensively. We got after it again in the second half and started scoring again. We rebounded well offensively but need to do a better job on the defensive end."

At halftime, Oran led 45-28.

During the third quarter, with 3:51 remaining, The Blue Jays had cut the deficit to 12,  54-42.  But, after an Eagle timeout, Oran went on a 13-0 run to close out the frame and to put the game out of reach.

The Eagles opened the final period on an 8-2 run to invoke the turbo-clock in the first two minutes, up 75-44 and eventually won by 34.

Leah Cauble led all scorers with 45 (23 of which came in the first eight minutes), she was 5 of 8 from beyond the arc.  Cauble had eight rebounds, five steals and four assists, as well.  Jessie Long finished with 21 points and seven rebounds.  Kaylee Payne bounced back from her injury on Saturday to notch a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards.  She also had five steals and four assists.

Claire Ramsey hit a trey for her three points.  She also had five rebounds and three assists.  Katelyn Streeter had two points and three rebounds.  Katie Webb did not score but grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists.

Oran hit 60% of its shots from inside the arc (29-48) thanks in large part due to the number of turnovers that they created that led to layups.  From beyond, they hit 6 of 23 for 26%.  At the free throw line, they were 7 of 14 for 50%.

The varsity girls improved their record to 4-0 in league play and 14-3 overall.

They will be back in action on Monday when they host Woodland.  The varsity game will begin at 6 pm and be followed by two quarters of junior varsity action.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Eagles split against Chaffee

The Oran High School boys basketball teams won one and lost one last night at home against the Chaffee Red Devils.  The junior varsity picked up a 27 point win 60-33 but the varsity fell by 13, 72-59.

The younger team jumped out to a 20 point first quarter lead, 24-4.  It was 11-0 in the first two minutes before the visitors scored a bucket.

The middle two quarter were a dead heat, before the Eagles outscored Chaffee 16-9 in the fourth.

Kaiden Massey led a balanced scoring attack with 10.

Tyson Goodale pitched in with eight in one quarter of play.  Ty Johnson and Tristin Schlosser both had seven.  Schlosser nailed a three.  Cooper Priggel and Langdon Scheeter finshed with six each.  Priggel hit a trey.  Dane Shands and Cameron Westrich had five apiece.  Myles Trankler had four, while Logan Rose added two.

They hit eight of 10 from the line for 80%.

The junior varsity improved to 5-1 in conference play and 13-3 overall.

They will not play again until next Tuesday at home against Bloomfield.

The next game had one thing similar to the first, both teams played even during the middle two quarters.  The bad news for Eagle fans was that Oran trailed by one after one and didn't score until nearly the nearly the 4:30 mark of the fourth and was down by 12 by that point, 57-45.

They trailed by as many as 17, 63-47 with three minutes remaining.  The Eagles cut it to nine but could get no closer as the Devils had 13 of their 22 made free throws and 18 of 28 attempts during the final eight minutes.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought that Chaffee was better prepared for the game and executed better during the game.  Hopefully we can use this as a learning opportunity and improve some details in practice today."

Todd Priggel topped the Eagles with 19 points, he hit two from beyond the arc.  Drew Reischman had 10.

Jacob Shoemaker had nine, Goodale finished with eight, Layne Johnson totaled seven  and Cole Priggel added six.  Shoemaker and Johnson, each had one trey.

Reischman and Shoemaker both fouled out of the contest.

The Eagles were 5 of 8 from the line for 62%, but only 4 of 17 from beyond the arc for 23%.

Oran had defeated the Red Devils by 26 during the Christmas Tournament to eliminate them from the event.

The varsity is now 4-2 and 16-4.

They will play at Bell City on Friday.  It is varsity only and will start at 6 pm.

OE Baseball gear available

The Oran High School baseball team has opened it's annual fundraising store yesterday.  You can get clothing with the Eagles logo on it and help raise funds for the program.

To view the websit and/or place orders you can use this link:  CLICK HERE

The deadline is February 5th (no execptions).

Sunday, January 28, 2018

What's happenin' (1/29-2/2)

This week will not be quite as busy as the last couple, but there should be enough hardwood action to keep fans happy.

The boys who are 4-1 and 12-3 at the junior varsity level and the varsity is 4-1 and 16-3 will host conference rival Chaffee on Tuesday beginning at 6 pm.  Chaffee's varsity is currently undefeated in Scott-Miss play at 3-0.  Overall they are 11-6.  For the varsity it is also a key district matchup.

The two teams met during the Christmas tournament.  Oran won that meeting 83-57 (post is here).

The varsity girls (3-0, 13-3) will put their 18 game conference win streak on the line when they host the Charleston Bluejays on Thursday at 6 pm.  There will be no junior varsity contest.  The Lady Eagles defeated the Jays during the conference tournamant on Jan. 11th at Scott City, 77-59. (post is here).

The boys will play a varsity only contest at Bell City on Friday at 6 pm.  The Cubs are winless thus far this season.

The boys' Bradley Brooks and the girls' Kaylee Payne were both injured during their last games.  Their status is unknow at this time.

Lady Eagles snap streak against Naylor

[Updated at 4:40 pm on 1/28 with data received from Oran sports expert Margaret Blattel (thanks so much for your help on so many occasions) 

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team had never defeated the Lady Eagles of Naylor. The two teams had played seven times since 2007 and Oran had lost all seven.  Coach Ethan Evan's team wasn't about to let it become eight., as Oran led from start to finish to pick up a surprisingly easy, 77-35 win in the 2018 Coaches versus Cancer Shootout in Charleston.

The most recent defeat had been a one-point heartbreaker during the 2017 Coaches versus Cancer Shootout.  The two before that had been season-enders for the Eagles during sectional matchups at Bloomfield.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "It was nice to get a win against Naylor. I know they are down from year’s past but they are a very well coached team and Pickrell is tough to handle. We came out fired up and really ran the floor well and got after it defensively."

Pickrell is Callee Pickrell, now a senior.  She scored 11 in the game as a freshman, 31 as a sophomore and 25 last year.  She picked up 24 last night, but none of her supporting cast supplied more than three.

The Lady Eagles led 16-0 before Naylor scored with about two and a half minutes remaining in the opening quarter.  It was 23-6 after one and by halftime, Oran had built a 49-12 lead and the game was all but over.

Kaylee Payne hit the floor hard under the defensive basket in the opening seconds of the third quarter and had to be helped off the floor.  She appeared groggy.  She did not return.  She finished with 11 points that included a trey and five steals.

Leah Cauble led all scorers with 34.  She was 2-3 from three-point land and 10-14 from the line.  She also dished out a season-high seven assists.

Jessie Long and Katie Webb made their presence known on the inside with nine each.  Long had eight rebounds, Webb snared five.  Katelyn Streeter scored seven, had five rebounds, all offensive, and had three assists.  Claire Ramsey had five points, four steals and three assists.  Madison Ramsey hit a trey to account for her three points.

They hit 25-35 from inside the arc for 71%.  From beyond, they were 4-19 for 21%.  At the line, they were 16 of 27 for 57%.

The win pushed the varsity to 13-3.

The girls will be back in action next Thursday when conference foe Charleston comes to town, game time is 6 pm.  The junior varsity will play only two periods.

Eagles soar past Wildcats to homecoming victories

The Oran High School boys basketball teams celebrated the 2018 homecoming by picking up two easy wins over the visiting Leopold Wildcats on Friday night.  The junior varsity won 73-25.  The varsity picked up an 81-48 win.

Both games started out with the Eagles trailing early.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought both teams got off to slow starts at the very beginning but were able to play better the as the game went on. We were able to get everyone playing time which is always nice on homecoming night. Those players who come in off the bench come to practice every day and it is always nice to see them perform well in games."

The junior varsity trailed 4-0 a minute and a half into the contest, but two minutes later, they had taken the lead 7-5.  Oran led after one, 18-12.

With this year's homecoming theme "The Wizard of Oz", the junior varsity defense was like a squadron of flying monkeys during the second period and held the Leopold to a single tally.

At the intermission, the lead was 51-13 and the game was all but over.

The Eagles would hold Leopold to only 12 second-half points, including only one in the fourth period and cruised to the 49 point win.

Tyson Goodale was the game's leading scorer with 16 in two periods of action.  Ty Johnson had 10, including six points from beyond the arc.

Tristin Schlosser had nine points, including a trey.  Evan Montgomery and Langdon Scheeter each added eight.  Montgomery also had a trey.  Kaiden Massey, Cooper Priggel and Myles Trankler all put in six.

The younger team was 9 of 17 from the line for 53%.

They improved to 12-3 on the year.

The varsity trailed early in its contest, too.  But it wasn't long before the Wildcats said, "Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road".  Oran led 35-12 after one and 57-24 at the half.

The two teams played even during the final two quarters and Oran picked up the 33 point victory.

Cole Priggel lit it up for 27 to lead all scorers in just three quarters of action.   Jacob Shoemaker added 15 and Layne Johnson had 14.  Shoemaker made two threes and Johnson one.  Both did not play during the fourth.

Peyton McVay scored seven fourth-quarter points off the bench.  Todd Priggel and Drew Reischman both tallied four.  Calen Read totaled three.  Bradley Brooks, who had to be helped off the court with an apparent foot injury during the third quarter, Denver Elfrink and Tyson Goodale, all scored two.

The team was 16 of 24 at the line for 67%.

The varsity is now 16-3.

The boys will be back in action on Tuesday when they host conference and district rival Chaffee at 6 pm.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Lady Eagles clobber Kelly

The Oran High School girls basketball teams picked up two more conference wins last night at home.  The junior varsity doubled up the Lady Hawks, 44-22 and the varsity picked up a 78-39 victory over the Class 3 rival.

Coach Ethan Evans told the blog, "[The jayvee] came out shooting the ball well and playing good defense in the 1st half. We also made a good effort of getting the ball inside during the 2nd quarter. We slacked off in the 2nd half a little. We need to put up a good 4 quarter effort."

The home team led 14-4 after one and 32-8 at the break.

Katie Webb was the games top point-producer, scoring 14 in just two-quarters of action.

Savannah Below and Taylor Lowes both scored eight.  Lowes hit two treys.  Heather Gosche and Kennedi McVay had six apiece.  Paige Bradley and Mallory Lowes each hit a free throw.

As a team, they hit 9 of 16 from the line for 56%.

The younger squad is now 2-0 in league play and 6-0 overall.

They will not play again until next Thursday when they will play a half game against Charleston.

In the nightcap, Oran jumped out to a 13-2 lead when Kelly took a timeout with 5:34 left in the opening quarter.  It was 25-6 after one and it got worse as the Eagles took a 55-18 lead into the halftime locker room.

Coach Evans said, "We set the tone during the first half of the game by getting up and down the floor and hitting some easy baskets. I thought our defense could have been better during the second quarter but we put up a good amount of points. Things got a little chippy in the second half and I was glad we were able to keep our composure."

Leah Cauble once again led the way.  She scored 33, had six rebounds to go along with four assists and four steals.  She hit two from beyond the arc and was 7-9 from the line.  Jessie Long had 15 points and snared a team-high nine boards plus two blocked shots.  She nailed a trey.  Claire Ramsey added 12 points, six of which came from long-range.  She recorded team-highs in assists and steals with five each.

Kaylee Payne finished with seven points.  She was five of six at the free throw line.  Katelyn Streeter had six points. Madison Ramsey hit a three-pointer to account for her total.   Katie Webb rounded out the scoring with two.

Oran was 24-41 from two-point range for 58.5% and 6-27 from three for 22.2%.  They 12 of 18 free shots for 66.7%.

The varsity is now 3-0 in the Scott-Miss and 12-3 in all games.

They will travel to Charleston on Saturday to face Naylor in a 5:30 pm contest as part of the 2018 Coaches vs Cancer Shootout.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Eagles beat Blue Jays twice

The Oran High School boys basketball teams picked up two conference wins on the road last night in Oak Ridge.  The junior varsity won 60-42 and the varsity overcame a slow start to prevail 63-34.

The junior Eagles led 14-6 after one and extended it to 38-14 at halftime as they cruised to the 18 point victory.

Langdon Scheeter led all scorers with 15.  That total included one trey.  Ty Johnson finished with 11.  He too hit one from beyond the arc.

Cooper Priggel and Kaiden Massey both had nine.  Priggel's all come from three-point land.  Myles Trankler had seven.  Dane Shands and Tristin Schlosser both had a field goal.  Cameron Westrich had a free throw for his only tally.

Oran was 6 of 13 at the line for 46%.

The younger team is now 4-1 and 11-3.

The varsity team missed its first five shots last night and was fouled on the sixth.  Drew Reischman was able to connect on the second of his two free throws to give Oran its first points of the night at the 6:37 mark.  Cole Priggel scored the other six for the Eagles as they were down 8-7 after one.

Oran's offense heated up in the second thanks in large part to its defense.  The Eagles opened with an 8-0 run and entered the halftime locker room up 30-11.

Oran outscored Oak Ridge 33-23 in the final two quarters to pick up the 29 point win.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, " I didn’t think we shot the ball very well. I was, however,  pleased with our effort. Sometimes effort and defensive levels drop when players aren’t hitting shots. They (the Blue Jays) were spreading their zone out and we were able to take advantage with dribble penetration and post play. Hopefully, we will start to shoot better from the perimeter."

Cole Priggel had a game-high 16, which matched his season-high.  Drew Reischman had a season-high 15, many coming on nice assists from Todd Priggel.  Jacob Shoemaker, who was ill, finished with 10.

Layne Johnson, who was scoreless until the fourth quarter, ended up with eight, including two treys.  Tyson Goodale and Todd Priggel both had six.  Bradley Brooks added two points.

The Eagles were only 3 of 10 at the line for a paltry 30%.

They are now 4-1 in the Scott-Miss and 15-3 overall.

Oran will be home on Friday night to take on the Leopold Wildcats.  The homecoming contest will start at 6 pm.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lady Eagles dump Devils

The Oran High School girls basketball teams picked up a pair of conference wins last night over Highway 77 rival, Chaffee.  The junior varsity won 41-24, while the varsity blew open a tight game and cruised past the She-Devils 93-48.  For the older girls, it was also an impressive district victory over a top-three opponent.

With last week's inclement weather, neither team had played a game in over a week and it showed early.

During the opener, the junior varsity took a couple of minutes to get going but held a 10-2 lead after one and was up 27-7 at the intermission.

The Eagles' lead was 41-13 heading into the final seven minutes.  Chaffee outscored Oran 11-0 to finish out the game.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "After the first 3 minutes the girls picked it up and really started knocking down shots and playing good defense."

Katie Webb led a balanced scoring attack with a game-high 12 points in only two quarters of action.

Savannah Below and Taylor Lowes had nine apiece.  Lowes hit three from beyond the arc.  Mallory Lowes scored eight and she had two treys.  Paige Bradley, Kennedi McVay and Heather Gosche had two points apiece.

The team hit 8 of 17 from the line for 47%.

The younger Eagles improved to 1-0 in league play and 5-0 overall.

In the nightcap, the game was reminiscent of the one two years ago (a link to that post is here) as Chaffee held an early lead but the Eagles were up one after one, 20-19.

But unlike that previous game, whatever was said during the huddle before the second stanza started, worked and worked well.  Oran outscored the Devils 65-23 during the next 16 minutes of action, putting the game on ice on its way to the 45 point shellacking.

Coach Evans told the blog, "What a great job the girls did in the middle 2 quarters. We were a little flat in the 1st but I knew the pace was in our favor."

Leah Cauble outscored the visitors on her own as she netted 49 points.  She was 5-7 from beyond the arc and 14-17 from the free-throw line.   She led the team with seven rebounds and four assists.  Kaylee Payne, who is still not 100% after her injury, added 12 points.  She was a perfect 4-4 from the floor including 2-2 from beyond the arc and was also 2-2 from the line, and led the team with five steals.  Jessie Long had 11 points and Katelyn Streeter chipped in 10, including two treys.

Madison Ramsey hit two 3s for her six points and Webb had five to round out the scoring.

Claire Ramsey had three assists and three steals for an Eagle team that won it's 17th straight Scott-Mississippi Conference game.

The girls shot 18-23 for 73% from two and 11-18 from three for a phenomenal 61%.  At the line, they were 24 of 31 for 77%.

It was the second time the two teams had met this season.  The previous was in the championship game of the Lady Devil Invitation, which the Eagles won by five.  That post is here.

They are now 2-0 and 11-3.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Thursday when they host another conference-foe Kelly at 6 pm.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

What's happenin' (1/22-1/27)

It will be another busy week of high school hoops for the Eagles and Lady Eagles.

The girls will host conference and district foe Chaffee on Monday at 6 pm.  The junior varsity is 4-0 thus far and will be playing their first regular-season conference contest.  The varsity is 1-0 in league play and 10-3 overall.

The boys (3-1, 10-3 & 3-1, 14-3) travel to conference foe Oak Ridge on Tuesday at 6 pm.

No games are scheduled on Wednesday.

The girls will hit the court again on Thursday when fellow Scott-Miss member Kelly comes to town.  The junior varsity will tip at 6 pm.

Friday night the boys will host Leopold in the annual homecoming contest.  Just remember, "there's no place like homecoming" as this year's theme is "The Wizard of Oz".  Game time is 6 pm.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Saturday when they participate for the second straight year in the Girls Coaches vs Cancer Shootout at Charleston.

Oran will face Naylor once again.

The day's schedule looks like this:

10am: Scott City vs Advance
11:30am: NMCC vs Woodland
1pm: East Prairie vs Cairo
2:30pm: Dexter vs Carbondale
4pm: Charleston vs Greenville
5:30pm: Oran vs Naylor

Admission is $5, proceeds will go to the St. Francis Foundation for their pink out campaign.

Boys claim a 1st and a 2nd

Just a little over a week after the Oran High School girls basketball teams claimed Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament championships in both the varsity and junior varsity divisions, the boys teams had an opportunity to accomplish the same feat.  Unfortunately, the junior varsity fell just short, losing to East Prairie 46-45.  The varsity made it 3 out of 4 titles with a 62-55 win over East Prairie.

The jv championship game was close throughout.  Oran was down by one after the first, 11-10 and at the half, 21-20.  The contest was tied at 31 heading into the final seven minutes.

Oran had the final possession of the game.  Ty Johnson, who led the team with 16, including three shots made from beyond the arc, was able to get off a contested shot just before the buzzer, but it rattled out and the younger Eagles had to settle for the second place plaque.

Langdon Scheeter and Dane Shands both scored eight.  Both hit two three-pointers.  Tristin Schlosser added six.  Myles Trankler had four points while Cooper Priggel hit a trey for his three points.

They hit 7 of 9 free throw attempts for 78%.

They are now 10-3.  It was the second tournament runner-up finish of the season.  They finished the Advance JV tournament with the same outcome.

Coach Chris Nichols said, "In the first half I thought our kids struggled to keep East Prairie in front allowing them too many shots at the rim.   We didn't rebound which allowed them too many second-chance shots. When we moved the ball and made our cuts on offense we were able to score. In the second half, we moved back our pressure which seemed to help but we still allowed too many shots at the rim.

I give our kids credit.  They really worked hard no matter what the score was and continue to battle we just came up a little short.  I hope this is a learning lesson that will make us a better team in the end.  We will correct our mistakes Monday in practice and see what happens Tuesday at Oak Ridge."

In the varsity match-up, Oran jumped out early but had to hang on as East Prairie scraped and clawed their way back into it.

Oran led 23-13 after one and 34-21 at halftime.

Once again, however, the Eagles came out of the break sluggish.  East Prairie roared back to cut the margin to five at 36-31. Oran was able to regain momentum to finish the quarter on a 10-4 run.

That 11 point lead wasn't safe though as the Mississippi County Eagles cut the deficit to four on a couple of occasions.  Oran hit only 4 of 11 free throws during the fourth, but it was enough for the Eagles to end a five-game losing streak to East Prairie and win its first Scott-Miss tourney title since 2013.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought it was a tough hard fought win. It was a total team effort and I am proud of the boys. I would like to give credit to everyone on the team. We were able to keep our composure and answer their runs in the second half."

Jacob Shoemaker had a game-high 22.  He hit two 3-pointers.  Todd Priggel had 17 and Layne Johnson finished with 16, including one trey.

Cole Priggel had six, before fouling out late in the game.  Drew Rieschman had one field goal.

Oran was 9 of 18 at the charity stripe for 50%.

The Eagles improved 14-3 and won a tournament for the second time this season, after winning the O.I.T. earlier.

The teams will next play on Tuesday when they travel Oak Ridge to take on their conference rival Blue Jays at 6 pm.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Boys fly into finals

The Oran High School boys basketball teams both advanced into the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament finals tomorrow.  The junior varsity, who is seeded first, defeated Delta 57-49 and will face 2) East Prairie at 3 pm.   The varsity Eagles, who also got the top-seed, beat Scott County Central 77-60 and play the third-seeded East Prairie Eagles at 4:30.

In tonight's opener the junior varsity, who had received a first-round bye and had not played in over a week, started slow and trailed early before taking an 18-15 lead after one quarter.  The Eagles expanded the lead to 35-23 at the intermission, thanks in a large part to Ty Johnson who scored 20 of his game-high 27 points during the first two quarters.  He hit four of his five treys during that period.

Out of the break, Oran committed four consecutive turnovers and missed a shot allowing Delta to cut the lead to 35-32 with 4:30 left in the third.

Heading into the final seven minutes, the Eagles held a tenuous 43-38 advantage.

With five minutes left, the Bobcats made another run, tying the score at 45.  Oran hit six of seven free throws in the final period and went on a 12-4 run to close out the game.

Besides Johnson's 27, Myles Trankler had 10.

Langdon Scheeter scored six as did Logan Rose.  Cooper Priggel hit a 3-pointer and both of his free throw attempts and ended up with five points.  Tristin Schlosser hit a trey to round out the scoring.

The Eagles hit 10 of 11 from the charity stripe for 91%.  Delta, on the other hand, was only 3 of 13 for 23%.

The junior varsity improved to 10-2.  Earlier this season Oran had beaten Delta 55-50 at their place.

In mid-December, Oran defeated East Prairie on the road, 58-37.

Coach Chris Nichols, who had the reins tonight with Coach Joey Bickings attending the baseball coaches clinic, said, "We played a very hard working Delta team tonight.  At times we had trouble keeping the ball in front and other teammates rotating. We also had some turnovers that led to points for them.

In the second half, I felt we started doing a better job moving on offense and getting the ball to the open player.  This group does a good job of sharing the basketball and picking up their teammates when shots don’t fall.

I was very pleased the way our guards played confidently in the last quarter.  We did a good job knocking down our free throws and getting big rebounds.

Tomorrow night will be a battle.  Hopefully, we can clean up our mistakes and be ready to come out and play hard."

During the varsity contest, Oran trailed after one, 23-21 but thanks to a Jacob Shoemaker three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer, The Eagles led the Braves 41-38.  During the second half, Oran outscored Scott Central 36-22 to claim the 17 point victory.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we didn’t start with enough defensive intensity but improved as the game went on. We executed better on the offensive end in the second half also. We now get another shot at East Prairie for the championship."

Shoemaker led all scorers with 31.  He had nine points from beyond the arc and made all four of his free throw tries.  Cole Priggel scored 15 and made all three of his free shots.  Todd Priggel and Layne Johnson both added 11.   Johnson hit a trey and both of his free throws.

Drew Reischman finished with six and Tyson Goodale had three points.

The varsity hit 11 of 14 from the line for 79%.

Earlier this season, during the O.I.T, the Eagles had defeated the Braves, 82-61.

Orana lost to East Prairie 68-59 in their regular season matchup.

Boys rip Rams

The top-seeded Oran Eagles varsity boys basketball team took on the number-eight seed Scott City Rams last night in the opening round of the 2018 Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament at Chaffee.  Neither team had played in at least a week and because of the recent wintry weather practice time had been limited.  The Eagles started off slow but shook off the rust and cruised to a 62-31 win.

Oran trailed early but managed a 15-13 lead after one quarter with both Layne Johnson and Drew Reischman in early foul trouble with two apiece.  After that, it was pretty much the silence of the Rams, as the Eagles outscored Scott City 47-18 the rest of the way, including a 21-2 second period to put the game on ice.

Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 18.  He hit the team's only trey.  Cole Priggel added 15 and Tyson Goodale netted 10 off the bench.

Todd Priggel finished with nine and Bradley Brooks had six.  Reischman had two points as did Peyton McVey to round out the scoring.

The Eagles were 5 of 8 from the line for 63%.

Of the Rams 31 points, 18 came from beyond the arc.

Oran is now 12-3 and will face (4) Scott County Central at 7 pm in a semifinal matchup.

The junior varsity squad (9-1), who received a first-round bye, will open the day's action at 4 pm when they take on #4 Delta.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

What's happenin' (1/15-1/19)

The Oran Eagles basketball teams will look to build on a successful last week that saw the girls win both brackets of the Scott-Mississippi conference tournament and the boys win both of the games they played.

The girls 10-3 will face Saxony Lutheran a team they lost to by 32 less than two weeks ago in the championship game of the Delta New Years' Tournament.  The junior varsity 4-0 will tip of at 6 pm on Monday.

The boys conference tourney will start on Tuesday at Chaffee.  Both, the varsity 10-3  and the jayvee 9-1, are top-seeds.  The varsity will take on Scott City on Tuesday at 4 pm.  The junior varsity received a first-round bye because Scott County Central does not have a JV team entered, will play the winner of Wednesday's Delta versus Scott City matchup on Thursday at 4 pm.

The bracket is located HERE.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Eagles whip Woodland

The Oran High School Boys basketball teams picked up two wins last night at Woodland High School.  The junior varsity won 52-23 to improve to 9-1.  The varsity prevailed 68-40 and is now 11-3.

Tonight's game has been canceled pending a makeup date.

*updated 4:32 pm 1/12/2016

Coach Joe Shoemaker told the blog about the junior varsity, "We played 5 minute quarters and ran the clock the entire second half (because of the impending weather)."

"I thought the jv played with a lot of energy and passed the ball the best they have all year. They ran the floor without the ball and rewarded each other with sharing the ball leading to some easy shots" he added.

The Eagles led 45-11 at the break and won by 29.

Tyson Goodale scored 14 in two-quarters of action.  Langdon Scheeter finished with 13.  He hit two from beyond the arc. 

Myles Trankler had eight points.  Ty Johnson had six, including four for four from the line.   Cooper Priggel had a trey included in his five points.  Dane Shands and Tristen Schlosser hit a field goal each, while Cameron Westrich made of his free shots.

They were 7 of 10 at the stripe for 70%.

In the nightcap, the varsity led 17-3 after one and expanded that margin in every quarter, eventually picking up the 38 point road victory.

Coach Shoemaker said, "I thought the varsity played good defense for most of the game. We didn’t shoot the ball very well as a team and didn’t let that change our defensive efforts. I think the second quarter we were a little fatigued but if we continue to practice and play with that defensive team effort that will take care of itself. I am looking forward to seeing us continue that defensive intensity in our practices because I know our shooting will be better on most nights."

Jacob Shoemaker was the top scorer with 19.  Layne Johnson finished with 16.  He hit all four of his free throw attempts.

Drew Reischman had eight, Todd Priggel had seven.  Tyson Goodale totaled six.  Cole Priggel and Bradley Brooks each ended up with five.  Denver Elfrink rounded out the scoring with two.

At the line, the team was 8 of 12 for 67%.  They hit no shots from beyond the arc.

The varsity will be back in action on Tuesday in the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament being held at Chaffee.  Game time is 4 pm and they will face the Scott City Rams.

The junior varsity will play on Thursday at 4 pm against the winner of Delta and Scott City, which will be played on Wednesday.

Both squads got the number 1 seeds in their respective brackets.

Lady Eagles continue conference dominance

The Oran Lady Eagles picked up two first-place plaques last night during the championship games of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament at Scott City.  The junior varsity won its second straight league tourney title, defeating the Chaffee Lady Devils 34-16.  The varsity rolled to its third conference crown in a row with an 81-40 win over Scott County Central.

The prospects for the younger Eagles looked as bleak as the weather as Oran trailed 7-1 after the first period.

Mallory Lowes scored eight of her game-high 16 points during the second quarter and they took a 16-8 lead into the halftime locker room.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "It was awesome to see this group of girls respond the way they did after the 1st quarter. They moved the ball well against their press and played defense and rebounded very well."

Oran continued to expand its lead on its way to the 18 point victory.

Lowes hit three treys and was 3 of 3 from the line.

Kennedi McVay finished with eight points.  Savannah Below and Heather Gosche both added five.  Below had a three-pointer included in her total.

The Eagles were 6 of 11 at the free throw line for 55%.

They are now 4-0.

Last year they defeated East Prairie 42-38 in the championship.

As the temperature plummeted outside, the varsity Eagles heated it up inside as played the best they had in the last couple of weeks.

Oran led 20-15 after the first eight minutes but carried a 41-19 lead into the intermission.  The Eagles won the second half 40-21 with a running fourth-quarter clock to complete the 41 point scalping of the Bravettes.

Leah Cauble and Jessie Long both recorded double-doubles.  Cauble had 36 points and 16 rebounds while Long scored 18 and grabbed 10 boards.  Katelyn Streeter and Kaylee Payne each added 12.  Streeter hit two three's and Payne one.

Payne and Claire Ramsey had three assists apiece.  Ramsey totaled her points on a three-pointer.

Long and Ramsey had three steals each.

Coach Evans said, "The girls finally got back to playing Lady Eagle basketball. They were flying up and down the floor and really got after it on the defensive end. The effort on both ends of the floor was outstanding."

They were 25 of 68 from inside the arc for 66% and 6 of 20 from beyond for 30%.  At the free throw line, they were 13-19 for 68%.

The varsity improved to 10-3.

Both teams will be back in action on Monday at 6 pm when the Eagles host the Saxony Lutheran Crusaders.

Earlier in the school year, the 7th and 8th-grade teams won the regular season conference titles going undefeated in league play.  The 8th-grade won the conference tourney while the 7th grade finished as runner-up.