The Oran High School girls basketball teams tasted defeat for the first time this season last night losing to the Class four private, Notre Dame. The junior varsity lost 40-24 and the varsity saw a fourth-quarter rally fall just short and dropped a 69-67 decision.
In the opener, Oran fell behind 25-15 at the intermission could get no closer and lost by 16.
Coach Ethan Evans said, "We looked like we came out scared. We couldn’t cover their shooters well enough in the 1-3-1 and turned it over way too much. It was a good learning experience to have someone get up and challenge us though."
Katie Webb led the Eagles with nine points in two quarters of action. Traci Hency scored six and Hope Woodfin added five, including a trey. Mallory Lowes and Lydia Tankersly scored two apiece.
The team was 5-10 from the line for 50%. They are now 2-1 and will right back at it this evening at 7:45 when they will take on the Meadow Heights varsity team at the Bloomfield Invitational in a quarterfinal matchup.
In the nightcap, the Eagles were down by 10 heading into the final frame, 49-39 and just couldn't get over the hump.
Leah Cauble after a slow, for her, first half, lit the scoreboard, hitting 23 of her game-high 45 in the final eight minutes, after scoring 11 in the first two periods. She nailed seven treys, five in the fourth and was 10-11 from the line. Kaylee Payne finished with 16 and had three from beyond the arc.
Katelyn Streeter was the only other Eagle to score. She had six on two for three from long range.
Jessie Long did not score but she did pull down a team-high 12 rebounds.
They were 11-15 from the line for 73%.
Coach Evans commented, "I was disappointed with the effort the first half. We didn’t defend very well and gave up way too many offensive rebounds. In the second half, we started moving on offense and played better. The girls didn’t give up and that was encouraging. Hopefully, we will learn from this going forward into the holiday tournament."
With the loss, the Lady Eagles are now 5-1 and will next play on Sunday at 5 pm at the Show-Me Center, taking on Meadow Heights in the First State Bank Holiday Classic.