Last night the Oran Junior High school girls basketball teams defeated Delta. The eighth-grade played first. They won 34-27. The seventh-grade followed with an 18-10 two-quarter victory. The results propelled both squads to perfect conference records and first place finishes in the regular season.
Head Coach Ethan Evans said of the eighth-grade game, "This was a great bounce-back win against a good quality opponent. I was curious to see how the girls would react after the Cape game and we didn't start out well. After that, they responded to each and every challenge."
The Eagles trailed the Bobcats 11-6 after one but outscored the visitors 12-0 in the second to take a seven-point lead into the halftime locker room. The teams played even after the break.
Grace Davis led the way with 14, Hannah Boshell was in double-digits too, with 10.
Hope Woodfin added seven, including a trey. Rylee Boshell had a bucket and Emma Priggel had a free throw.
From the line, as a team, Oran made only 3 of 16 attempts for 19%.
The older team finished the regular season with a 7-0 league mark and 12-1 overall.
They are the number two seed in the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament that starts on Saturday at East Prairie High School. Delta is seeded first. The Eagles play Kelly at 2 pm on the opening day. Oran defeated the Hawks earlier this month by a score of 58-25.
During the seventh-grade contest, Oran led 8-1 after the first and ended up winning by eight in the shortened affair.
Coach Evans said, "We had a good effort both offensively and defensively. We moved the ball well to hit the open person and did a nice job rebounding."
Addie Nichols topped all scorers with eight. Liza Dannenmueller and Maddie Stickel both added four. Hallie Nichols chipped in two.
They hit 4 of 12 from the line for 33%.
The younger Eagles finished with a mark of 6-0 and 8-1.
They are seed first in the 7th-grade bracket and received a first-round bye. They will face the winner of Saturday's, Kelly vs. Chaffee game on Monday at 5:45.