The Oran High School junior varsity girl's basketball team claimed the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament championship for the second year in a row, last night, with a 46-38 win over Kelly before a home crowd.
The top-seeded Lady Eagles had to mount a second-half comeback to pick up the win over the upset-minded number-two seed Lady Hawks.
Oran led after one 19-12 but trailed at the break, 25-21. The Eagles tied the score at 27 about two minutes in the third and led after three, 41-36 and held on for the eight-point win.
Coach Ethan Evans said, "We got off to a good start then kind of fell apart in the 2nd quarter. The girls responded to the challenge at halftime and really got after it in the 3rd quarter by attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line. We had good balanced scoring all night."
The Eagles also had to battle foul problems.
Leading scorer Mallory Lowes had 14 points and four fouls. She hit two treys. Rylee Boshell had 11 points on two three's and picked up three first-half fouls.
Hope Woodfin finished with nine points, all coming from beyond the arc and had four fouls. Traci Hency had eight points. She hit four-straight free throws during the third quarter comeback. Alyssa Spane and Lydia Tankersly each had a field goal to round out the scoring,
They were 9-15 at the free throw line for 60%.
By securing their second-straight tourney title, last year they defeated Chaffee 34-16, they are now 10-3.
They will not play again until Feb 2nd when the Eagles participate in the Jackson Shootout. Game time is 1:30 and they will face Park Hills Central.