Friday, February 8, 2019

Lady Eagles mash Mules

For the first time ever Oran High School hosted a Class 5 school in basketball last night.  Less than one-week after picking up a pair of wins over the Class 4 Park Hills Central Lady Rebels during the Jackson Lady Indians Shootout, the Lady Eagles swept the Poplar Bluff Mules in convincing fashion.  The junior varsity won with a fourth quarter mercy-rule clock, 54-16.    The varsity won 75-54.

In the opener, Oran led after one 21-12.  All the Mules points came on consecutive treys.  Poplar Bluff would only score four points the rest of the way.

Katie Webb and Traci Hency led all scorers with 15.  Webb played on one quarter as the Eagle "bigs' dominated in the paint. 

Hope Woodfin and Mallory Lowes each had nine.  Woodfin had two treys and Lowes one.  Hannah Boshell finished with four points while Rylee Boshell hit both of her free throw attempts to round out the scoring.

The younger girls hit 9 of 16 from the line for 56%.  With the win, they improved to 12-3.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We came out firing on all cylinders and jumped on top early. We did a good job of getting the ball inside and hit the boards hard."

The varsity game went back and forth during the first quarter, with neither team able to take control. Oran led after one, 22-20 and 24-23 at the break.  Oran started getting some separation during the second half.  Heading into the final eight minutes, The Lady Eagles were up 52-45.  the hosts controlled the fourth by a score of (no matter what you might read elsewhere) 23-9 to pick up a 21 point victory.

Leah Cauble did the most damage as she was able to continually get to the rim and either score or draw the foul and sometimes both. She had 14 of game-high 36 during the final frame.  She hit 8-9 free throws during that period to keep the Mules at bay.

Cauble added a trey, eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots.  On the night she was 11-13 at the line.  Kaylee Payne finished with 15 points, had a three-pointer and a pair of blocked shots as well. 

Kaitlyn Streeter had eight points with two threes.  Katie Webb also had eight.  She was 6 of 7 at the line, had six rebounds and two blocks.  Jessie Long had five points and grabbed seven boards.  Madison Ramsey had a trey to close out the points.

The made 17 of 28 from inside the arc for 61%, but continued to struggle from beyond, hitting only 5 of 21 for 24%.  At the line the hit 26 of 33 for 79%.

For Cauble, Streeter, Long, Ramsey and Claire Ramsey (who is still out with an injury), it was a memorable Senior Night as the prepare close out a very successful four-year run of Lady Eagle Basketball.

Coach Evans said, "This was a huge win for our program. We did a nice job defensively after the 1st quarter and made them play our pace."

They improved to 17-5. 

The Lady Eagles travel to Perryville on Monday to take on the St. Vincent Lady Indians, who are a district foe and picked up the #3 seed in the upcoming tournament. 

The junior varsity tips at 6 pm.

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