Oran's Callie Kielhofner finishes with a triple-double
EAST PRAIRIE -- A short-handed East Prairie Lady Eagles squad took to the court Thursday evening, battling sickness as well as the visiting Oran Lady Eagles. For the home team Lady Eagles, sickness and the visiting team both prevailed, as Oran downed East Prairie by a final score of 76-57.
During the first quarter, the home team was handling business from the tip, as they eventually went up 8-2 on the visiting Lady Eagles. East Prairie's Megan Britt racked up rebounds, as well as four points in the first quarter as Oran trailed 14-12 going into the second quarter.
Callie Kielhofner and Cheyenne King woke up in the second quarter, combining for 15 of Oran's 21 points.
The limited bench of East Prairie couldn't put together enough of a counter-
attack for Kielhofner and King, as the visiting Lady Eagles led 33-24 at half.
After the break, it was Kielhofner and King again, this time combining for 22 points of Oran's 24 point total in the third quarter, while Whitley Rundles, Megan Hedges and Britt could only muster up 16 for the home team. Heading into the fourth and final quarter the visiting Lady Eagles had amassed a 17 point lead, 57-40.
In the final 8:00, Rundles and Britt laid it all on the line, as the two piled in 15 of the 17 fourth quarter points to try to scrape back into the game. However, all of their effort wasn't enough to hold off Oran's offense, as five players for the visitors combined for 19 points, en route to the 76-57 victory.
"Our kids did a good job defensively tonight," said Oran head coach Adam Friga. "We got off to a slow start. We've got to do a better job at the free-
throw line, but overall, I was pleased with the intensity."
"We got after it," he added. "We didn't let up on full court pressure, and it ended up helping us at the end of the ball game."
Friga added that East Prairie played extremely well tonight, especially with their insufficient depth on the bench.
King finished with the game high, totaling 30 points and 10 rebounds. Kielhofner racked up a triple-double with 28 points, 19 rebounds and 10 steals.
Despite the loss, the home team took some positives from the game.
"I thought the girls worked hard, played hard and they never quit," said East Prairie head coach Steven Douglas. "We had two starters gone, but in terms of effort that was their best game. They ran out of steam, and missed some easy shots that they shouldn't have missed, but at least they played until the end."
"I'll take that effort every night," he added.
Rundles finished with the highest numbers for East Prairie, as she accumulated 25 points and nine rebounds. Teammate Megan Britt chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Up next for the East Prairie Lady Eagles (3-15) is the Scott City Lady Rams on Saturday at Scott City. There will only be varsity action, which begins at 2 p.m. followed by the boys varsity match-up.
Oran (10-10) will be back at home on Monday evening to go up against the St. Vincent Lady Indians. Junior varsity play will begin at 6 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.