Friday, January 25, 2019

Varsity makes it 4-straight with win over SCC

The number one seeded Oran High School varsity girls basketball team went into last night's title match against second-seeded Scott County Central looking to claim the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament crown for a fourth-straight year.  It wasn't easy but they did it.  The Lady Eagles won 91-76, in a game that was closer than the final score indicates.

Oran jumped out to a 7-0 lead but moments later it was tied at 9.  At the end of the first, the Lady Eagles led the Bravettes, 25-14. During the second with about two minutes remaining, Scott County cut the lead to eight 38-30, but after a Leah Cauble three and two Kaylee Payne free throws, Oran regained some momentum and led halftime 48-35.  Oran went on to claim a 15 point victory.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We knew going in that this was going to be a battle. We wanted to get out and run the floor and put the pressure on them. We did a good job of getting the ball where we needed to take advantage of our opportunities. Overall it was a couple of great wins for our program."

Leah Cauble led all scorers with 49.  She hit two treys and made 9-10 free throws, had six rebounds, a team-high nine assists and two blocked shots.  Jessie Long, who always seems to do well against Scott County had 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals.  Katie Webb finished with 11 points before fouling out late.  Kaylee Payne also reached double-digits with 10. She had six rebounds and five assists before leaving the game a minute into the fourth with an injury.  Currently, her status is unknown.

Madison Ramsey nailed a three-pointer and two free throw attempts for her five points.  Katelyn Streeter rounded out the scoring with three.  She also added five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

They were 30-43 from inside the arc for 70% but only 5 of 21 from beyond for 24% and at the free throw line they hit 16-27 for 67%.

They are now 13-5 and will play next Thursday at Charleston in a conference matchup, varsity only, at 6 pm.

Last year, Oran defeated the Bravettes 81-40.  Two years ago it was also SCC, 78-60 and the current streak started with a 74-40 win over Scott County.

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