Friday, January 4, 2019

Lady Eagles sweep East Prairie

The Oran High School girls basketball teams hadn't played a game in a while, but they came out sharp in both contests and won easily.

It had been three weeks for the junior varsity, but they had no trouble in picking up a 55-12 victory.

Traci Hency led all scorers and outscored East Prairie on her own, with 15.  Hope Woodfin had 13 with nine of her points coming from behind the arc.  Katie Webb also reached double-digits with 10 in only two quarters of action.

Mallory Lowes connected on three three's as well to account for her nine points.  Rylee Boshell scored six and Lydia Tankersly added a field goal for a Lady Eagles team that improved to 1-0 and 4-2.

They made 1 of 2 attempts from the free throw line.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "It was nice to see the girls come out and play the way they did. The defense was outstanding and we did a good job of getting the ball inside to use our height advantage."

The junior varsity will take the court next on Monday for a conference matchup with Chaffee.

For the varsity, it had been a two-week layoff.  They too didn't miss a beat against an East Prairie team they had defeated on December 3rd, in the opening round of the Lady Devil Invitational, 100-30.

This time the margin wasn't quite as much but still convincing, at 74-28.

Leah Cauble scored 37 in just under three quarters of action.  She was 8-11 from beyond the arc,  Kaylee Payne returned from her injury (wrist) to score 14 points.  She also had seven rebounds and six assists.

Jessie Long finished with eight points and a team-high nine boards.  Katie Webb also scored eight.  Katelyn Streeter had four and Taylor Lowes hit a trey to round out the scoring.

Claire Ramsey (foot),  who was injured in the Jackson game, just before the break did not play and is likely lost for the season.

They were 20-33 from inside the arc for 61%, and 9 of 25 from beyond for 36%.  At the line, they hit 7 of 12 for 58%.

Coach Evans commented, "The girls did a nice job of bouncing back from a couple of tough losses in the holiday tournament. We wanted to work on some half-court stuff to get ready for Saturday’s game and defensively we played pretty well. "

They improved to 2-0 and 7-3.  The varsity will travel to Lake City, Arkansas on Saturday to take on Dyersburg, Tn at 6 pm in the Gerald Jennings Classic at Riverside High School.

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