CHAFFEE -- The Oran Lady Eagles rode a near-perfect first quarter to a 49-38 victory over the Chaffee Red Devils in a Scott-Mississippi Conference game on Monday.
Oran (8-8, 1-2 in conference) forced six turnovers and shot a high percentage on the way to a 19-3 first-quarter lead.
"We shot the ball well tonight," said Oran coach Larry Boshell. "If we shoot well, we can beat anybody, but, if we struggle, we're going to be in for a ballgame. And our press helped a little bit early. We got a few deflections, a couple of steals and some passes they had to throw over us that went out of bounds."
Tiffany Glastetter's eight points and 2-of-2 shooting from 3-point range ignited the Eagles' first-quarter offense.
"We didn't come out ready to play," said Chaffee coach Chance White. "They put pressure on us and we didn't handle it. You're not going to have a prayer if you don't take care of the basketball."
Chaffee picked it up in the second quarter, but trailed 33-15 at the half. In a low-scoring third quarter, each team managed only five points apiece as Oran maintained its 18-point lead at 38-20.
Chaffee, forcing nine turnovers, went on a 14-6 run in the fourth quarter to close within 10 at 44-34 with 2:46 left, but could get no closer.
Glastetter, who led the Eagles with 15 points, scored on a breakaway to up the lead to 46-34.
Then with the score at 46-35, Oran's Jodi Urhahn drove the final nail in the Red Devils' coffin with a 3-pointer off the right wing for a 49-35 advantage with less than a minute remaining.
"Once we got some momentum going, it was o.k.," said White. "We played a good three quarters, but we just dug ourselves a hole early. It doesn't look like it tonight, but I preach to my kids all the time '32 minutes, 32 minutes of concentration.'"
Chaffee outscored the Eagles 23-16 in the second half. After committing only two turnovers in the first half, Oran had 12 in the second. The Red Devils cut their turnovers from nine in the first half to four in the second.
The Red Devils also enjoyed a nine-point advantage from the free-throw line, hitting 11-of-22. Oran only went to the line five times, hitting two.
Erica Michelsen, half of the Eagles' 1-2 inside punch along with Glastetter, was scoring runner-up with 14 points.
Whitney Schlosser topped the Red Devils with 11.
Oran hosts Sikeston on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Chaffee, on a last-second 3-point shot by Shelby Ancell, defeated Oran 27-26 in overtime in the jv game.
Oran's Natalee Glastetter had put the Eagles up 26-24 on a conventional 3-
point play with 32 seconds left before Ancell's heroics.
Charlotte Eftink led Oran with eight points while Anna Ayers paced Chaffee with 12.