On Saturday, The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team made the two-plus hour bus ride to Lake City, Arkansas and Riverside High School to participate in the Gerald Jennings Classic. The event had originally been scheduled for early December, but the threat of inclement weather forced its postponement.
The Lady Eagles faced a Dyersburg, Tennessee team that, if they had been from Missouri, would participate in Class 4.
After the first few possessions, Oran took the lead and held it, except for a brief time in the third, until about halfway through the fourth quarter. They ended up losing 54-50.
The Eagles were up 12-10 after one, thanks in large part to Kaylee Payne who scored eight of her 13 points during the opening stanza.
Oran expanded the lead to 26-23 at the break.
Heading to the fourth it was 39-34, Eagles.
Oran had been successful with a sagging 2-3 zone forcing the Lady Trojans to shoot from outside. Until that point, the Eagles had held their own on the boards. But the size, strength and depth of Dyersburg started to show as second-chance points began to mount and Oran began to see more missed shots and turnovers.
The Eagles had chances late but just couldn't get over the hump.
Coach Ethan Evans said, "We looked like we ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. Their defensive pressure had a lot to do with that. Hopefully, this game will help us get ready for later in the year."
With the loss, the varsity is now 7-4.
Leah Cauble topped all scorers with 26. Nine of the points came from beyond the arc. Along with her 13 points, Payne led the team with five rebounds and five assists. She hit two from beyond the three-point line.
Jessie Long scored five. Taylor Lowes hit a trey for her points. Katelyn Streeter and Katie Webb each made a field goal to round out the scoring.
As a team, they hit 11 of 19 for 58% from two and 6 of 19 for 32% from three. At the line, they were 10 out of 16 for 63%.
Tonight, Oran travels to Chaffee for a conference game. The junior varsity tips at 6 pm.