(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
ORAN -- Both teams struggled in the first half. The Kelly Lady Hawks were able to lift themselves up from the sluggish start while the Oran Lady Eagles flew south in the 48-36 Kelly win.
"We didn't take care of the ball," Oran head coach Adam Friga said. "We didn't make shots and we just didn't play very good. Our defense was average, it wasn't good by any means. We've got to come out and play better."
Deadlocked at 12 to begin the second half, the Lady Hawks outscored Oran by six points in the third quarter. A 9-1 run in the span of just over three minutes put Kelly in front for good. Kelly's Haley Glastetter scored six of the Lady Hawks' nine in that time.
"We just started running the ball," assistant coach Trey Simmons said. "We started getting out in the lanes and really worked on our fast breaks. We got a couple of turnovers at the start of the second half and that really boosted our confidence. I think that's just something we lacked in the first half."
The Lady Eagles were able to trim the lead back down to six in the fourth quarter but Kelly was able to extend the margin once time began to be a factor. Oran started to foul to stop the clock while Kelly took advantage. They hit six free throws in the last two minutes of the game to insure the victory.
Senior Londyn Backfisch and junior Kayla Hicks led the Lady Hawks with 12 points apiece. They each pulled down seven rebounds as well. Glastetter finished with seven points while Kristen Powell added six points and nine rebounds. Eight players in all contributed in the Kelly win.
"When you get balanced scoring like that it's a complete team effort," Simmons said. "That's something we've preached all year long. When we have a good attitude and play as a team we can make things happen."
Cheyanne King, who had eight of the Lady Eagles' 12 first half points, finished with 14 points. Oran's Haley Glastetter had eight points in the loss. Senior Claire Seyer chipped in one point but was in double figures in rebounds with 10.
With districts just ahead of both teams, it was important for them to come away with something positive in their last game of the regular season.
"Going in with a win streak is very good for these girls," said Simmons. "It gives them a good attitude going into it."
As for Oran, a short memory will be key if good things are to come.
"We can't harp on anything this time of the year," said Friga. "You've got to bounce back from it and get ready to go or you'll be staying home."
Notes: Oran celebrated senior night right after the Oran-Kelly girls game. Claire Seyer, Shelby Unger, Taylor Irwin and Bethany Asmus were recognized as the four Lady Eagles seniors.
KELLY (48) -- Haley Glastetter 7, Londyn Backfisch 12, Carissa Klipfel 2, Neely Tetley 2, Kayla Hicks 12, Ellen Ascraft 3, Samantha Fisher 4, Kristen Powell 6. FG 16 FT 16-25 F 16. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
ORAN (36) -- Shelbie Seyer 3, Claire Seyer 1, Cheyanne King 14, Taylor Irwin 7, Haley Glastetter 8, Abbey Anderson 3. FG 13 FT 9-22 F 20. (3-pointers: S. Seyer 1. Fouled out: C. Seyer, Anderson.)