(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
ORAN -- Oran coach Adam Friga sang the praises of his defense after Monday night's game against Chaffee, and rightfully so as the Lady Eagles allowed only one field goal in the second half en route to a 52-29 win.
"I'm really proud of our defense," Friga said. "We did a much better job as the game progressed, applying pressure defensively and that really got our offense going."
After falling behind after one quarter and leading only 29-22 at halftime, Oran came out in the second half with extra emphasis on defense, frustrating Chaffee on the offensive end.
The Lady Devils failed to make a field goal in the third quarter, scoring only three points off of free throws from Anna Ayers, while Adrienne Eichhorn didn't make Chaffee's only field goal of the fourth quarter until the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The Lady Devils only managed seven points in the entire second half.
"We just talked about getting off our behind and giving some more effort," Friga said. "We knew what we needed to do. Their dribble penetration was hurting us in the first half. Our kids have showed a lot of guts this year and they're working really hard and taking a lot of pride in their defense. To hold Chaffee to one field goal (in the second half) was a huge accomplishment."
"The second half they really guarded well and we weren't moving offensively and that is something we need to get better at and we will," said Chaffee coach Tyson Moyers. "They guarded extremely well. Coach Friga does an excellent job with them."
One point of emphasis for the Oran defense was to try and deny Ayers ball. Everywhere the senior went, Oran was right there putting pressure on her.
"Every team has good players and she is definitely a very good player for them and we were just trying to be conscious of where she was at and putting a lot of pressure on her," Friga said. "She's going to score but we just wanted to be conscious of where she was at and make her earn it tonight."
Ayers finished with a team-high nine points, but her only two field goals came off of layups off steals late in the first half.
"(Anna) does such a great job of penetrating for us and tonight she didn't have it and a lot of that had to do with the way they were guarding her," Moyers said. "They were guarding her really well. It takes a lot away from us when that happens. We just have to learn to adjust."
While Oran's defense was taking its toll, the Chaffee defense had no answer for Lady Eagles' duo of Cheyanne King and Abbey Anderson. King finished the game with 31 points, including 20 of her team's 29 first half points, with many of the baskets coming off pinpoint passes from Anderson.
"(Cheyanne's) playing good and Abbey is probably at the other end of a lot of those," Friga said. As much as Cheyanne appreciates it she knows Abbey is just as much responsible. Those kids have played together their whole life and they're doing a great job."
"We couldn't handle King inside," Moyers said. "We played really well against Delta Thursday but they don't have a post presence like that. (King) really tore us up. We just don't have a whole lot of size so we will have to improve in that area."
While King led Oran with her 31 points the Lady Eagles also saw double figure scoring from Claire Seyer, who finished the game with 10 points.
Chaffee saw Taylor Kirchdoerfer score eight points to go along with Ayers' nine.
Oran (7-6) will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to Sikeston while Chaffee (2-13) will travel to Portageville on Thursday.
CHAFFEE (29) -- Randi Wiley 6, Adrienne Eichhorn 2, Taylor Kirchdoerfer 8, Anna Ayers 9, Sierra Miller 1, Ellie Sigman 3. FG 8, FT 11-19, F 10. (3-pointers: Kirchdoerfer 2. Fouled out: none).
ORAN (52) -- Abbey Anderson 4, Claire Seyer 10, Haley Glastetter 2, Taylor Irwin 3, Brittany Blankenship 2, Cheyanne King 31. FG 23, FT 6-8, F 16. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none).