(Photo by Josh Mills, Staff)
ORAN -- The Chaffee Lady Devils lit up the scoreboard first on Monday evening against the Oran Lady Eagles, and seven lead changes later, put points on the scoreboard last, as they traveled down the road to steal a win at Oran by a score of 46-42.
For Oran, it looked like a slow start was going to transform into a win, as they led 12-11 after the first quarter, but the second quarter was all Lady Devils, as Whitney Schlosser stole the show with 11 points. Heading into the break, the home-team Lady Eagles trailed by five, 26-21.
After a two-minute scoring drought began the third quarter, Oran put up numbers first on a Callie Kielhofner basket and made free-throw, to pull within three, 23-26. The Lady Eagles went on to score nine unanswered points, taking their second lead 28-26, and after two more lead changes, they led heading into the final quarter 33-31.
Oran had done a great job containing Chaffee's 3-point threat, Amber Kirk, for most of the game, but late in the fourth quarter after the Lady Devils had recaptured the lead, Kirk popped a 3-pointer with one minute remaining on the clock to put Chaffee ahead 44-40.
After a made free-throw from the Lady Devils, the Lady Eagles would connect for two more points, but Chaffee held on strong for the victory 46-42.
Holding Kirk to a minimum seemed to be the key, as Abbey Anderson played tight defense on her all night long, but it was Schlosser who finished as the leading scorer with 22 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Devils to help secure the win.
For Oran, Cheyenne King led in scoring with 13 points. Ellen Sikes added nine points, while Kielhofner and Kirstie Mangles each added eight points apiece. Kielhofner also had seven rebounds for the Lady Eagles.
"Chaffee played better than we did tonight," said Oran head coach Adam Friga. "They won the ballgame, and they deserved to win."
"We've got to finish around the basket," he added. "We're missing way too many shots under the goal. Our kids are just going to have to get stronger and put the ball in the hole. At the same time, we just have to go back and have a good practice tomorrow, because we have two more big games this week."
Up next for the Lady Eagles is a road test against the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs Wednesday evening at the Sikeston Field House. Junior varsity action will begin at 6 p.m. with varsity action to follow.