Sunday, January 28, 2018

Lady Eagles snap streak against Naylor

[Updated at 4:40 pm on 1/28 with data received from Oran sports expert Margaret Blattel (thanks so much for your help on so many occasions) 

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team had never defeated the Lady Eagles of Naylor. The two teams had played seven times since 2007 and Oran had lost all seven.  Coach Ethan Evan's team wasn't about to let it become eight., as Oran led from start to finish to pick up a surprisingly easy, 77-35 win in the 2018 Coaches versus Cancer Shootout in Charleston.

The most recent defeat had been a one-point heartbreaker during the 2017 Coaches versus Cancer Shootout.  The two before that had been season-enders for the Eagles during sectional matchups at Bloomfield.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "It was nice to get a win against Naylor. I know they are down from year’s past but they are a very well coached team and Pickrell is tough to handle. We came out fired up and really ran the floor well and got after it defensively."

Pickrell is Callee Pickrell, now a senior.  She scored 11 in the game as a freshman, 31 as a sophomore and 25 last year.  She picked up 24 last night, but none of her supporting cast supplied more than three.

The Lady Eagles led 16-0 before Naylor scored with about two and a half minutes remaining in the opening quarter.  It was 23-6 after one and by halftime, Oran had built a 49-12 lead and the game was all but over.

Kaylee Payne hit the floor hard under the defensive basket in the opening seconds of the third quarter and had to be helped off the floor.  She appeared groggy.  She did not return.  She finished with 11 points that included a trey and five steals.

Leah Cauble led all scorers with 34.  She was 2-3 from three-point land and 10-14 from the line.  She also dished out a season-high seven assists.

Jessie Long and Katie Webb made their presence known on the inside with nine each.  Long had eight rebounds, Webb snared five.  Katelyn Streeter scored seven, had five rebounds, all offensive, and had three assists.  Claire Ramsey had five points, four steals and three assists.  Madison Ramsey hit a trey to account for her three points.

They hit 25-35 from inside the arc for 71%.  From beyond, they were 4-19 for 21%.  At the line, they were 16 of 27 for 57%.

The win pushed the varsity to 13-3.

The girls will be back in action next Thursday when conference foe Charleston comes to town, game time is 6 pm.  The junior varsity will play only two periods.

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