The Oran Junior High School girls basketball teams lost last night at a raucous Delta High School to the Bobcats in their final regular-season conference contest. The seventh-grade lost for the first time this season by a score of 31-21, while the eighth-grade fell for the second time in as many nights, dropping the game to Delta 46-41.
In game one, neither team could generate much offense early. The Lady Eagles did not dent the scoreboard until a minute and a half into the second quarter, at that point they were down 6-2. By the intermission, Oran trailed 21-10.
The two teams played basically even the rest of the way.
Addie Nichols, who was double-teamed the entire evening, led Oran with 13. She hit one from beyond the arc.
Bralynn Morgan had four points. Sophie Bryeans and Scarlett Schlosser each added a field goal.
As a team, they hit only 5 of 13 at the line for 38%.
The team finished with a 5-1 Scott-Miss record. They are now 10-1 overall.
Delta led from start to finish in the nightcap as well. Oran was down by 10 at the half, rallied back, cutting the lead to three, 44-41, with just over a minute remaining, but could not get over the hump.
Free throws proved to be the difference as Oran hit only 9 of 22 for 41%, missing 13 chances in the five-point loss.
Grace Davis topped all scorers with 16. Nichols added seven. Carly Gloth and Maddie Stickel had five apiece. Gloth hit a trey. Liza Dannenmueller and Emma Priggel each scored four.
The older girls also finished the league with a 5-1 mark. They are 10- 2 now.
Last night's games were likely a preview of the upcoming conference tournament championship, as Oran has the number one seeds in both levels and Delta is number two.
Coach Ethan Evans said, "I thought they outworked us during most of both games. We didn’t give up though and fought back hard especially during the eighth-grade game.
The Eagles will try to get back to their winning ways tonight when they travel to Woodland to take on the Cardinals at 6 pm.