Scott Central (19-7) will play the winner of District 2 on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. at Poplar Bluff High School.
The Bravettes overcame a sluggish start against a good Oran team to win the game without much of a serious threat from the Lady Eagles.
Scott Central opened up a double-digit lead by halftime and never relinquished it despite a furious 3-point barrage in the fourth quarter. Oran never got closer than the final margin.
"We missed some easy shots early and that took us out of our rhythm, but once we got going I wasn't worried too much after we got a little lead because we seemed to be more relaxed," said Scott Central coach Semona Penrod. "Oran came out and did something a little different and had us out of our groove. They stood back in a 1-2-2 (zone) and we weren't sure how to handle it.
"I think we came out and played a little reserved until we got in the flow of things. I don't know if it was shellshock or what."
It didn't take long for the Bravettes to settle down as they took a 9-5 lead after one quarter. They extended the lead to 26-14 by halftime and never looked back.
"They're quick and if you leave them open they can shoot it," said Oran coach Larry Boshell, whose team finishes the season 16-11. "Their posts do a decent job and can hit the 12-foot jumper. If they don't get in foul trouble they're going to be tough. We started out well and we did some good things and gave them trouble, but we couldn't capitalize on the offensive end. And every mistake we made, they capitalized on. Semona does a good job with them."
Part of Oran's problem was not necessarily Scott Central's press, but turnovers in the halfcourt offense.
"We got by the initial part of the press, but then we'd try to make a pass and throw it away or we'd slip," said Boshell. "There were a few unforced errors there."
The Bravettes held their biggest lead in the third quarter at 37-16.
Scott Central maintained a substantial lead heading into the fourth quarter, 40-24.
The Bravettes had to withstand a fourth quarter rally in which Oran canned six 3-pointers in the waning moments to keep the score respectable.
The Lady Eagles hit a total of eight 3-pointers in the game.
"We haven't shot the 3 that well all year," said Boshell. "We hit eight for the game which is the most we've hit this season. Maybe if we had a couple more minutes we could've come back, who knows. I told the girls we just ran out of time."
Scott Central's quickness was too much to handle. In particular cat-quick guard Brittney Peet, who had a game-high 20 points.
Brianna Johnson followed up with 10 points.
Tiffany Glastetter led four Oran players in double figures with 12 points. Erica Michelsen and Jodi Urhahn each had 11 points and Wendy Eftink added 10 points. All of Urhahn's points were scored in the fourth quarter.
Oran loses a strong group of seniors in Eftink, Michelsen and Glastetter. They also lose Mandi Wood, who missed most of the season with a knee injury. All four were three-year starters.
"We had four seniors and you could not ask for a better core group of players," said Boshell. "They started since they were sophomores and they are just great kids. It hurts knowing it's over for them. But they're going to be all right. They're tough kids and they're going to be good citizens. When Mandi got hurt, they felt as bad for her as she did. They're a very tight group of girls."
Unless a monumental upset occurs tonight, Scott Central will be playing the state's No. 1 team on Tuesday in Delta.
The Lady Bobcats have defeated Scott Central twice this year, but Penrod feels her girls will be up to the task one last time.
"Both Delta games have been emotionally high games and I hope Tuesday will be the same way," said Penrod. "Delta got us both times but we get another shot."
Scott Central 60, Oran 50
ORAN (50) -- Wendy Eftink 10, Callie Kielhofner 6, Erica Michelsen 11, Jodi Urhahn 11, Tiffany Glastetter 12. FG 18, FT 6-11, F 19. (3-pointers: Eftink 3, Urhahn 3, Kielhofner 2. Fouled out: Eftink).
SCOTT COUNTY (60) -- Brittney Peet 20, Brianna Johnson 10, Samantha Jones 9, Amanda Lawless 3, Jamisha Williams 8, Kisha Ross 2, Markita Mosley 8. FG 23, FT 12-21, F 16. (3-pointers: Johnson 1, Jones 1. Fouled out: none).