The Oran High School varsity girls basketball team claimed its fourth-straight Lady Devils Invitational crown convincingly 83-21 over the host and third-seeded Chaffee Lady Devils. In the process, the Lady Eagles eclipsed the team scoring record by putting up a total of 274, one more than the old record set by the Scott County Central Bravettes back in 1989. It is the third time in four years that Chaffee and Oran have met in the finals.
Oran came out ready to play with a stifling defense that kept the Devils from getting the ball past half court for the first several possessions. The Eagles were up 8-0 a minute and a half into the contest when Chaffee called timeout.
After one quarter of play, Oran led 18-5. It was 45-12 at the intermission and the Eagles rolled to the 62 point win.
Leah Cauble once again outscored the opponent as she knocked in 40. She totaled 114 over the three-game event which was 12 points shy of her tournament record set in 2016. She hit seven from beyond the arc and had six boards. Jessie Long tossed in 15 points and was 7-8 from the field. She hit a three-pointer as well. Kaylee Payne also reached double-digits with 14. She had team-highs with seven rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Katelyn Streeter hit a pair of treys to account for her six points. Katie Webb scored four. Claire Ramsey scored her points on two free throws and Savannah Below hit the final field goal that gave the Eagles the points record. She finished with two, also.
As a team, they were 12-23 from the line for 52%. Inside the arc, they hit 19-28 for 68% and from beyond they were 11-28 for 39%. They improved to 5-0. With Saturday's game postponed, the junior varsity team will be the next to see action as they start the Bloomfield tournament on Monday, taking on Woodland at 7:45.
Coach Ethan Evans said, "It’s always nice to go on the road and get a win. It’s even better when you can go to someone else’s place and win their tournament. For these seniors to win this tournament 4 years in a row, that’s a huge accomplishment. We took charge of the game early with our defensive pressure and our offense started to click after that."
In other action last night, Puxico defeated Scott City, 67-58 for third-place and Kelly topped Woodland 65-52 for fifth.
Long was named to the All-Tournament 2nd Team.
Payne and Cauble were named to the All-Tournament 1st Team. It is Payne's second time to receive the honor and for Cauble, her fourth. Cauble currently holds the tournament records for most points in a game with 48 (12/7/16), most points in a tournament "126" in 2016, most field goals in a game with 19 (12/5/16) and field goals in the tournament with 47 also in 2016.