The number-one seeded Oran High School boys and girls basketball teams both picked up easy wins yesterday during the first round of the Class 2, District 2 tournament at the Perry Park Center.
The boys played first and took on a team they had never faced before, the #8th seeded Kingston Cougars. The Eagles jumped out early, leading 28-3 after one. Oran ended up winning by 58 and a final of 79-21.
The 21 points allowed was the fewest given up by the defense this season and the margin of victory was the highest of any game this year.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We were able to apply some defensive pressure and create some turnovers which allowed us to get out to an early lead. We were able to advance to the next round and stay healthy. Hopefully, we can continue to play well as the competition will get tougher with each game."
Max Priggel led all scorers with 15, he hit 3 from beyond the arc. Todd Priggel also reached double-digits with 10 and hit 2 from three.
Cole Priggel and Jacob Shoemaker both hit for 9 and both had a trey. Layne Johnson and Wyatt Kinney each scored 7. Johnson hit one from long range. Peyton McVay and Drew Reischman both put in 5. Mcvay also nailed one from distance. Luke Barnes, Joey Phillips and Landon Standberry rounded out the scoring with 4.
Bradley Brooks, Denver Elfrink, Tyson Goodale and William Kluesner all saw action. All 15 Eagles on the roster played and 11 scored.
The Oran boys will be back in action on Tuesday. They will take on another opponent with whom they have little to no basketball history, (but there has been plenty of baseball history) in the Valle Catholic Warriors. The Warriors come in at 13-11 and are the 5th seed. They upset the number 4 seeded hosts, St. Vincent in the nightcap last night, 68-61.
The boys are now 17-8.
The girls played the next game against a very familiar foe. Scott City, the 8th seed, and the Eagles had matched up 3 times previously. None of the games were close and this one wasn't either.
Oran threw a shutout in the first and it was 49-6 at the break. The girls also won by 58. Their game was 71-13. Their point total allowed matched a season-low.
Coach Ethan Evans said, "We played well on both sides of the ball. We got after it early and put the game away. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum up on Monday against Bismarck."
All 12 girls on the roster played and 7 got into the scoring column.
Leah Cauble outscored the Rams again, as she put in 29 in less than 3 quarters of play. She hit 2 from beyond the arc and was 5-5 from the free throw line. She also dished out 8 assists, had 7 steals and 7 rebounds. Kaylee Payne scored 11 and had 4 assists.
Brianna Stause had 9 points including a trey. Madison Ramsey and Jessie Long both had 8. Ramsey hit 2 from downtown and Long had 7 boards. Claire Ramsey hit a bomb for her 3 points. As did Katelyn Streeter.
Kenzie Graviett grabbed 4 rebounds.
Savannah Below, Paige Bradley, Heather Gosche and Taylor Lowes played but did not score.
The Eagles picked up their 23rd win of the season, tying last year's record-breaking total. They will look to eclipse that mark on Monday evening at 6 pm when they take on a 10-12 4th seeded Bismarck Indians team that won last night 56-49 over Valle Catholic. These two teams have not met since February 27th, 2014 during the C2D3 district championship game at Chaffee. Oran won 58-54.