In sectional re-matches from last year, the Lady Eagles had little difficulty with Puxico in a 75-24 rout. However, there will be a new Class two boys champion as Hayti knocked off Oran 72-57.
The girls, who had picked up a hard-fought 73-54 win last year over the Lady Indians, struggled early but led 13-6 working for the last shot of the first quarter. Leah Cauble hit a field goal with 2 seconds left and Kaylee Payne stole in the inbounds and hit a layup as the buzzer sounded. Four points just like that and the lead was 17-6 after one.
It was 38-14 at halftime.
If there was any doubt about the outcome, Katelyn Streeter hit three consecutive three's to open quarter number three and then she scored on a nice feed from Cauble for a personal eleven point run. Oran was up 49-14 less than a minute and a half into the third.
The Lady Eagles were on cruise control from there on and won by 51. Every player saw action in the state sectional contest.
Coach Ethan Evans said, "The girls did a great job of executing the game plan that we had coming into the game. Our defense was phenomenal and after a shaky first couple of minutes, our offense was also good. The girls did a good job of spreading the ball around and knocking down open shots. I am very proud of the effort on both ends of the floor."
Cauble led all scorers with 33 points. She hit one trey, was 4-5 from the line, grabbed nine rebounds and had four assists. Payne had 12 points, with one from beyond the arc, She made all three free throw attempts. had nine boards, four assists and five steals. Streeter also had 12. She had her three three's. Jessie Long finished with 11 and had five rebounds.
Claire Ramsey had four points and four assists. Madison Ramsey hit a trey and had three rebounds. Katie Webb did not score but she had five rebounds.
Oran hit 24-42 from two for 57% and 6-21 from three for 29%. At the free throw line, they were 9-12 for 75%.
The Lady Eagles improved to 23-4. Oran will have another rematch on Saturday when the meet up with Neelyville at Three Rivers College at 1 pm. Last year it was a white-knuckle 72-69 victory that propelled the girls into their first ever final-four appearance.
Last year, every time the boys played a game after the district tournament they had to win in comeback fashion. They had won the sectional game in 53-47. Last night, they just were unable to make that happen. With Layne Johnson and Tyson Goodale recovering from illness and Bradley Brooks making his first appearance since he was sidelined a month ago with a foot injury. The Eagles did not have the stamina to maintain the 22-13 lead they had built during the first quarter.
Hayti roared back to take a 29-27 lead into the intermission.
It was 50-38 after the third and things looked bleak after Cole Priggel had been hammered on a field goal attempt and had to be helped up and Jacob Shoemaker had four fouls.
The Eagles were able to cut it to nine in the fourth, but the Indians hit enough free throws down the stretch to expand the final margin to 15.
Shoemaker, who did foul out in the fourth, had a game-high 24 points. He nailed three from beyond the arc. Priggel, who finished the game with a noticeable limp, had 13. He was three of three from the line.
Todd Priggel had eight, Johnson had five, Drew Reischman added four, Denver Elfrink two and Goodale hit a free throw.
Oran hit 5 of 8 at the charity stripe for 63%
They finished the season 21-6.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought that the boys played their hearts out considering the circumstances. I am very grateful for the time this group of seniors has given me. They have been a part of some good memories. I also appreciate the support from the administration, community and parents without the total group effort our accomplishments wouldn’t be possible."
The seniors playing their final game in an Oran jersey, were Layne Johnson, Cole Priggel, Drew Reischman, Bradley Brooks, Denver Elfrink, William Kluesner, Peyton McVay and Joey Phillips.