The Oran High School girls basketball teams picked up a pair of wins last night to close out the home portion of their schedules against the St. Vincent Lady Indians. The junior varsity won 46-19 and the varsity prevailed 76-33.
Coach Ethan Evans said of his younger team, "The girls came out and really got after it in the first quarter. They were knocking down shots and playing good defense. We slacked off a little during the second quarter but got back to business after halftime."
Got after it they did. The Eagles led 15-0 after the first. They held the Indians to a single tally in the third, 15-1.
Heather Gosche topped her team in scoring with 14. The Lowes' sisters, Mallory and Taylor, both had 11 and both hit three shots from beyond the arc.
Katie Webb had five and Savannah Below rounded out the scoring with four.
The girls hit 3 of 4 from the line for 75%.
The junior varsity improved to 8-1 on the year.
The varsity wasn't able to throw a shutout the entire first period like their younger teammates did. But, they did hold their guests scoreless for the first four minutes and were on top 17-0 before giving up points.
It was 26-8 after one quarter and 40-20 at the intermission. The Eagles put it on ice with a 26-7 third stanza on their way to the 43 point win.
Coming into the contest Leah Cauble needed 31 points to reach the 2,500 point plateau. She reached the mark at about the 3:01 mark of the third quarter. This is the video of the play:
Cauble led all scorers with 42. She nailed four treys, had six rebounds, four steals and three assists. She hit 8 of her 10 free throw attempts. Kaylee Payne finished with 19 points. She too hit four shots from beyond the arc and had a team-high seven steals as well as leading the team in assists with four.
Webb picked up eight points on the varsity level. She was four of four from the field and grabbed four rebounds. Katelyn Streeter added five points, including a three-pointer.
Jessie Long grabbed a team-high nine boards and had two points. Claire Ramsey did not score but she did end up with six rebounds.
The Eagles hit 20 of 29 from two-point range for 69%. They were 9 of 28 from beyond the arc for 32%. At the line, they hit 9 of 13 for 69%.
Coach Evans said, "The girls set the tone early in this one by knocking down shots and really pressuring their guards. During the 2nd quarter, we played too slow and didn’t make enough stops but came out during the 3rd quarter at our pace to put this one out of reach."
Over the past three weeks, Oran, who is the top-seed in the upcoming Class 2 District 2 tournament, has made a statement by defeating the second-seeded Chaffee Lady Devils by 45 points. St. Vincent is seeded third in the tourney that starts on Saturday.
The Lady Eagles will be back in action when they travel to Dexter for a 6 pm tip. The varsity will be facing the fourth-ranked team in the state in class 4.