Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lady Eagles defeat Devils

The Oran High School girls basketball teams picked up a pair of key Scott-Miss conference wins last night at Chaffee.  The junior varsity improved to 2-0 in the league with a 49-27 victory while the varsity is now 3-0 with its 69-32 rout.

In the opener, offense was at a premium early as the Lady Eagles led 5-0 after one.  At Halftime it was 16-11.  Chaffee scored first in the third, to cut the margin to three.  Oran closed out the quarter on a 13-4 run, however, to take a 29-17 lead into the fourth and wound up with the 22 point win.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "During the first half our defense looked pretty good but we stood around too much on offense and relied on our jump shots to go in. After halftime, the girls did a better job of penetrating their zone and getting to the rim. We also got the ball inside to our post players and let them go to work."

Katie Webb led all scorers with 15, in just under two quarters of action.  Hope Woodfin finished with 13.  She hit the team's only three-pointer.

Traci Hency added eight points, Mallory Lowes had seven, Allyssa Spane four and Hannah Boshell three.

The girls were 6 of 12 from the line for 50% and improved their overall record to 5-2.

In the nightcap, Oran set the tone from the start, taking a 21-9 lead after one and expanding to 36-14 at the intermission and outscoring their hosts in both remaining quarters to pick up the 37 point win.

Coach Evans said, "We did a good job of setting the tempo early with our press and pushing the ball down the floor. The girls also attacked their defense and got to the free throw line against their man to man."

Leah Cauble outscored Chaffee on her own with 34 points.  She hit her team's only two treys, was 12-14 from the line and dished out a team-high seven assists in a little less than three quarters of floor time.  Kaylee Payne scored 13.  Jessie Long chalked up a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

Katelyn Streeter and Katie Webb each scored four.  Paige Bradley made a field goal and Savannah Below hit a free throw just before the running fourth-quarter clock expired to set the final score.

The team 21-38 from inside the arc for 55% but only 2 of 17 from beyond for 12%.  The did hit 75% of their free tosses, however, 21-28 and improved to 8-4 in all games.

The girls will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Kelly for another conference matchup.




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