For the first time ever at Oran High School, the boys and girls basketball teams won their district tournaments in the same year. The girls had to come from behind to defeat Chaffee 62-48, while the boys dismantled Scott City 64-31.
In the first game of the night the Eagles were tied with the Lady Devils 12-12 after one and when Oran took a timeout with 5:23 left in the 2nd, they were down 20-15 and had two-starters, Brianna Stause and Kaylee Payne in foul trouble.
But, from there through the third quarter it was all Eagles.
Oran closed out the half on a 7-0 run to take a precarious 22-20 lead into the break.
Stause hit a 3 to open the second half and then intercepted a pass and drove the length of the court, made the layup and the lead was 27-20. With 4:34 left in the period, when Chaffee took a timeout, it was 33-23. By the end of the frame it was 39-25 and 14 points would be the final margin of victory.
The Coach Ethan Evans said, "It was nice to get out of this game with a victory, especially the way we played. The first half we didn’t rebound and stood around too much on offense. Our press was ineffective and that was partly due to foul trouble and partly due to lack of hustle. In the second half we were able to get into a little bit of a rhythm and get to the free throw line to close the game out."
After a sluggish start, Leah Cauble scored 24 of her game-high 35 points during the second half, including 12-12 from the line. She was 16-18 overall at the charity stripe. She also led the team with 4 assists and 4 steals.
Stause finished with 9 points before fouling out. She had 2 treys and a blocked shot. Payne, who missed most of the 3rd quarter after picking up her 4th personal finished with 7 including a three-pointer.
Jessie Long grabbed a team-best 9 rebounds and she also had 6 points. Kenzie Graviett finished with 4 points. She hit 2 big free throws to give her team the lead at the intermission. Claire Ramsey tossed in a free throw to round out the scoring.
Katelyn Streeter and Madison Ramsey saw the court but not the scoring column.
As a team they hit 53.6% from inside the arc (15-28) and 26.7% from beyond (4-15). At the free throw line the Eagles were 20-26 for 76.9%.
It was the fourth victory of the year over the conference foe Chaffee. The win improves Oran's record to 25-3, which sets a new mark for most wins in a season. It is their fourth (no matter what you might have read elsewhere) district title in a row.
The girls will next face Puxico on Wednesday night at 7:45 pm at Jackson High School when they try to advance past the sectional round for the first time.
In the nightcap, the Eagles jumped out early and dominated.
Oran led 12-5 when the Rams called time out with 2:40 left in the first. They led 19-9 after one.
The score was 27-9 with 5:54 remaining before halftime when Scott City took another time out. It was 36-17 at the break.
A third quarter margin of 21-5 erased any doubts that might have lingered an the Eagles enjoyed a running clock 4th quarter.
The boys, who were playing in their 7th straight district final and had lost their last 3, were led by the only player that had been on the short end of those games, Senior Max Priggel.
Max drained 29 points, and nailed 4 from beyond the arc. Layne Johnson hit for 12 including a trey. Jacob Shoemaker scored 10.
Cole Priggel finished with 8 and Drew Reischman added 5.
Wyatt Kinney, Luke Barnes, Bradley Brooks, Denver Elfrink, William Kluesner, Joey Phillips and Todd Priggel also saw action.
The team was 11-16 from the line for 68.8%
Head coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The boys executed the defensive game plan very well. We didn't shoot the ball very well, but we were able to get out in transition and get some easy baskets. We also did a good job of playing very unselfishly on the offensive end and fed the hot hand."
It was the fourth meeting between the two conference rivals, all won by Oran. Scott City had scored an average of 60 ppg in the previous three and the Eagles held them to 31 last night.
The title is the first for the boys since the final-four team won in 2013.
They improved to 19-8 and will face the Hayti Indians on Wednesday, March 1st at 6 pm in a game at Jackson High School.