Only two schools have ever won the Lady Devils Invitational Tournament four-straight times in the previous 41 years. With a victory tonight the Oran High School girls basketball team would become the third.
From 1984-88 Scott County Central dominated the event and 1995-98 it was Scott City. Oran has won the last three 2015-17 with two of the wins coming over the host Lady Devils, whom will be the opponent tonight.
The Eagles advanced with a 91-28 win over the number five-seeded Scott City Lady Rams. Although Oran struggled from the perimeter, they still managed a 22-11 lead after one quarter. At the half, it was 50-19. and after three it was 77-28. The bench tossed a shutout during the mercy-rule fourth quarter.
Coach Ethan Evans said, " We didn’t shoot the ball well, especially in the first quarter and the three’s weren’t falling all night. We did get up and guard pretty well and that led to some easy baskets in transition. Hopefully, the outside shots will fall tonight."
The Eagle had four score in double figures. Leah Cauble paved the way with 38. Kaylee Payne had 18. Jessie Long added 11 and Katie Webb scored 10 off the bench. Payne and Long both had double-doubles. Payne had 11 steals and Long had 10 boards.
Katelyn Streeter had four points, while Taylor Lowes and Madison Ramsey had three apiece. Both hit a trey. Claire Ramsey hit a field goal. Paige Bradley and Heather Gosche each added a free throw to round out the scoring.
Cauble had three from beyond the arc, Payne had one as well. Payne also added three assists.
The team was only 5 of 14 from the line for 36%. They were 6 of 26 from beyond the arc for 23%. From inside, though, they hit 34-57 for 60%.
In other action, Chaffee moved on by defeating Puxico, 31-17. Puxico will face Scott City at 6:15 for third place. Kelly beat East Prairie 60-44, while Woodland got past Delta 53-39. Kelly and Woodland will square off at 5 pm for fifth-place honors.
Game time tonight is set for 7:30 pm. It will mark the third time in four years that Oran has faced Chaffee for the crown.
Also of note, the Lady Eagles have scored 191 points thus far in the tournament. The record is 273, set by Scott County Central in 1989.