The story of the game for Sikeston was its inability to handle the pressure defense of Oran. The Lady Bulldogs committed 31 turnovers in the contest.
"We did a good job of causing some early turnovers with our full-court pressure," said Oran head coach Larry Boshell. "Once the girls forced the turnovers, they capitalized by converting layups. We have some quick girls who are very productive in our press once they get in the right spots."
The Lady Eagles sprinted out to a 8-0 lead to start the first quarter. Sikeston did not score their first basket until four minutes had elapsed in the first. The Lady Bulldogs scored six points in the quarter, which equaled their number of turnovers.
Oran increased their lead to 25-6 midway through the second quarter, as Sikeston continued to struggle from the field and with turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs committed nine turnovers in the quarter.
"I thought we shot the ball extremely well early on in the game," said Boshell. "We got a big lead and I think that let the girls feel more comfortable with what they were doing out on the floor."
Senior Latoya Gipson tried to keep Sikeston within striking distance in the second. Gipson scored all nine of Sikeston's points in the quarter, including seven in a row to climb the Lady Bulldogs closer at halftime. Oran led 26-15 at the break.
Gipson scored 13 of of Sikeston's 15 points in the first half as the Lady Bulldogs struggled to find an offensive identity. Sikeston also committed 15 turnovers in the half.
It was more of the same for the Lady Bulldogs to open up the third quarter, with an ineffective offense and a host of turnovers. Oran opened the quarter on a 6-0 run fueled by five turnovers in the first three minutes of the third for Sikeston. The Lady Eagles outscored Sikeston 15-8 in the quarter and led 41-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, Oran took advantage of an openly frustrated Sikeston squad and began the quarter on a 11-0 run to seal the game. The Lady Bulldogs had nine turnovers in the fourth and only tallied one point in the quarter.
"We did a nice job of passing the ball," said Boshell. "The girls were patient and looked to make the extra pass. We didn't force the ball and made the open shot when we had a chance."
Gipson was a one woman show for the Lady Bulldogs. She led Sikeston with 17 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks and four steals. Junior LaShawna turned in a good effort off the bench with four points, eight rebounds (five offensive), three assists and three steals for Sikeston.
Oran had three girls score in double digits led by Erica Michelsen with 15 points and hauled down 10 rebounds. Tiffany Glastetter had 12 points and led the Lady Eagles with 13 rebounds (seven offensive). Callie Kielhofner scored 11 points with three assists and three steals.
Alyson Seyer chipped in seven points off the bench for Oran and also had three steals. Jodi Urhahn tallied six points, three assists and three steals for the Lady Eagles.
As a team, Oran had 18 steals and a 10-4 advantage over Sikeston in the assists category.
Oran won the junior varsity game 46-39.
Sikeston (3-15) hosts Scott City tonight at 6 p.m., while Oran (8-8) travels to Charleston.