The Oran High School girls basketball teams picked up a pair of conference victories last night over the visiting East Prairie Eagles. The junior varsity, playing for the first time in two weeks, won 40-32. The varsity blitzed their guests 83-29.
During the opener, Oran trailed early. They were down 11-7 after one, but thanks, in large part, to the hot shooting of Madison "Mad Dog" Ramsey, the home team was up 24-18 at the halftime break.
Ramsey hit 11 of her game-high 14 during the second quarter.
Oran expanded the lead by 2 during the final half to take the 8 point victory.
Ramsey hit 4 treys in her point total, 3 during that second quarter outburst. Taylor Lowes had 13 points and that included 3 from beyond the arc. Katelyn Streeter added 9 and also hit 1 from long range. Savannah Below rounded out the scoring with 4. Paige Bradley and Heather Gosche both played, but neither scored.
Oran did not attempt a free throw.
Coach Ethan Evans said, "After we got into the swing of things we played fairly well. We had some confidence issues shooting the ball early but settled in after that. Overall, we rebounded good and played decent defense."
They are 7-1 in all games and finished 3-1 in the league. They claimed the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament with a 42-38 win over this same East Prairie squad earlier this season.
If there was any questions about the outcome of the varsity match before it was played, they were quickly answered as Oran soared out to a 22-0 lead when East Prairie called its first time out with 3:35 remaining in the opening period. The visitors would score their first points with 2:22 remaining. It was 27-2.
That first quarter ended with Oran up 34-6. By halftime it was 61-14 and Oran coasted to the 54 point shellacking.
The older Eagles also connected on 9 from beyond the arc.
Leah Cauble had 4 of those.
Cauble once again outscored the opposing team. Last night she had 36 of her own. She also dished out 8 assists and had 5 steals.
Brianna Stause, who was honored between games on Senior Night, had a season-high 19. She hit 3 treys and had 4 assists and 7 steals. Kaylee Payne also hit for double-digits with 11. Payne had 4 steals and 3 assists.
Jessie Long added 7 points and a team high 4 rebounds. Katelyn Streeter added 5 off the bench, including a three-pointer. Claire Ramsey also hit one from distance for her points. Kenzie Graviett chipped in a field goal.
The entire roster saw action during the blow-out as all of the starter lounged on the bench during the fourth quarter except the senior, Stause, who re-entered the game so that she could make a solo exit on her special night.
Coach Evans said, "We were able to push the pace and get turnovers early to put the game away. I was happy to see Bri have a good game on senior night. Overall our effort on both sides of the ball was great."
Oran hit 70.6% of their shots (24-34) inside the arc as they collect 25 steals that led to many easy baskets. They were 9 of 29 from beyond for 31%. At the free throw line they were 8 of 12 good for 66.7%.
The varsity squad improved to 20-2 and 6-0 and are guaranteed at least a share of the regular season conference championship to go along with their second straight conference tournament crown.
The girls will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Perryville to take on the St. Vincent Indians.