The Oran High School girls basketball teams lost two games on the road last night at Dexter. The JV score was 50-33 and the varsity, 73-57.
During game one, the Eagles, who were missing their hottest scorer as of late, Madison Ramsey due to illness, were forced to play only 5 all night long.
Oran fell behind 10-6 after one but trailed 29-10 at the break. The Eagles were actually able to trim 2 points off the margin during the second half but still ended up losing by 17.
Coach Ethan Evans told the blog this morning, "We only had 5 players last night and they just wore us down after the 1st quarter. They used their height to out rebound us and we missed a lot of shots that we normally make. The girls didn’t give up and we actually outscored them in the 2nd half."
Katelyn Streeter led the team with 13 points. Both Savannah Below and Taylor Lowes scored 7 and both hit 1 from beyond the arc. Heather Gosche was 3-3 from the line and finished with 5. Paige Bradley hit one free throw for her point.
Oran was 7-9 from the free throw line for 78%.
The younger Eagles are now 8-2 on the season.
Things looked good early for the varsity squad. They trailed by only 2 after the first quarter 17-15, with Leah Cauble scoring all 15 points. Oran, in fact, led a the half 30-25 and Cauble had 19 at the break.
But the second half belonged to the Lady Bearcat, as they outscored the Eagles 48-27 to take the 16 point win.
Coach Evans said, "We played a very good 1st half. We knocked down some shots and did a good job rebounding. In the 2nd half, they came out on fire and knocked down some 3’s. We also quit rebounding and let them get to the rim too easily. It was a good game for us against a good team, hopefully, this will help get us ready for districts."
Cauble finished with 29. She hit 2 from beyond the three-point line, was 7-7 from the stripe, had 6 rebounds, and a team-high 5 assists. Kayle Payne also reached double digits with 17. She drained 3 from beyond the line and had 5 boards.
Jessie Long scored 5, including a trey and also had 6 rebounds. Claire Ramsey and Brianna Stause both hit 1 from long range to round out the scoring. Kenzie Graviett played but did not score.
As a team, they were 13-30 from two for 43% and 8 of 21 from three for 38%. Cauble was the only Eagle to reach the free throw line so they finished 7-7 and 100%.
Oran fell to 21-3 with the loss to the traditional class 4 power.
The Eagles will close out the regular season tonight (no matter what you read in the paper) against Scott City at 6 pm. There WILL be two quarters of jayvee action, followed by a 1000-point presentation for Cauble and then the varsity game.