(Photo by Josh Mills, Staff)
DELTA -- The Oran Lady Eagles picked the wrong night to have 'the worst game of their life' on Wednesday evening in the Delta New Year's Tournament. A 31-25 halftime score seemed nice at the time, but in the end, the Lady Eagles were outscored 22-9 in the last two frames to lose 53-34 to the St. Vincent Lady Indians.
"It is," said Oran head coach Adam Friga when asked if it was the worst game the girls had played to date. "We just played horrible tonight. I'm not down on our kids, I'm really not. We just played terrible tonight.
"St. Vincent obviously deserved to win. They played better than we did tonight."
The storyline of the game came down to the turnover margin. In the second half, the dreaded stat led to the downfall of Oran as St. Vincent, the top seed in the tourney, capitalized on nearly every turnover.
In the early going, the Lady Eagles trailed, but just by seven after the first quarter, 18-11. They outscored the Lady Indians in the second quarter 14-13 to pull within six at the break.
St. Vincent scored 10 unanswered points to start the third quarter before Oran added to their total on a field goal from Cheyanne King but the Lady Indians wrapped up the quarter with six more points while holding the Lady Eagles scoreless.
In the fourth, Oran saw a bright spot for the remaining three minutes from their bench as they accounted for most of their points in the frame. Six turnovers however, enabled St. Vincent to maintain their lead, forcing the Lady Eagles to the third place game, where they'll face the loser of the Meadow Heights and Delta contest.
King led the way for Oran with 11 points, nine of which came in the first half. Abbey Anderson and Shelby Unger each added six points apiece. All of Unger's points came from beyond the arc while Anderson added a 3-pointer as well.
Four St. Vincent players finished in double-figures with Chelsie Boxdorfer leading the way with 13 and Kali Wingerter right behind with 12. Courtney Herberlie and Kayla Seabaugh each finished with 10 apiece in the win.
Friga said that his girls will head back to the gym tomorrow for practice, where they plan to iron out some things in their game.
"We had a bad game and we'll get back in the gym and work," he said. "We've got to get ready to play a good team in the third place game. We'll see, it'll be a good game and we better get ready to go."
Oran falls to 4-3 on the season as they prepare for their third place contest.
ORAN (34) -- Abbey Anderson 6, Cheyanne King 11, Taylor Irwin 4, Haley Glastetter 2, Shelby Unger 6, Shelbie Seyer 3, Holly Milam 2. FG 12, FT 6-11, F 11. (3-pointers -- Anderson 1, Unger 2, S Seyer 1. Fouled out -- none).
ST. VINCENT (53) -- Chelsie Boxdorfer 13, Courtney Herberlie 10, Kayla Seabaugh 10, Storm French 7, Kelci Besand 1, Kali Wingerter 12. FG 24, FT 4-13, F 11. (3-pointers -- Boxdorfer 1. Fouled out -- none).
Valle Catholic 43
In loser's bracket action, the Chaffee Lady Devils downed the Valle Catholic Lady Warriors 52-43 to earn their first victory of the season. The Lady Devils jumped on top early in the contest, leading 17-11 after one, then maintained a small lead at the break 22-18 before their second half battle began.
Their four point lead grew to six once again after a 13-11 third quarter showing, then in the fourth they put their opponent, the fifth seed, away by outscoring them 17-14.
Anna Ayers and Hannah Bedwell helped lead the Chaffee squad to victory, scoring 18 points apiece. Taylor Kirchdoefer added eight.
Hannah Kuenzel scored 19 in the loss for Valle Catholic.
Chaffee will now face the winner of the Saxony Lutheran and Woodland game, which was postponed due to weather nearing the Woodland area.
VALLE (43) -- Maria Herzog 6, Kara Figge 6, Erika Geisler4, Haylie Reynolds 3, Taylor Beyatte 1, Natalie Grass 1, Hannah Kuenzel 19, Alli Dalton 3. FG 14, FT 11-23, F 18. (3-pointers: Figge 1,Reynolds 1. Fouled out: Figge, Kuenzel.)
CHAFFEE (52) -- Randi Wiley 4, Adrienne Eichorn 3, Taylor Kirchdoefer 8, Anna Ayers 18, Ellie Sigman 1, Hannah Bedwell 18. FG 18 FT 12-24, F 14. (3-pointers: Ayers 1, Bedwell 3. Fouled out: none).