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Oran soars past Kelly

Friday, February 25, 2011

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Kelly's Ian Householder goes up for a shot Thursday night at Kelly High School against visiting Oran. Householder finished with 11 points in a 78-42 loss. Brent Shipman, Staff
BENTON -- Getting 17 first half points from senior Jon Morrow Thursday night against Kelly, the Oran Eagles jumped out to a 26-point lead by the break en route to 78-42 win.

"We played great," Morrow said. "We wanted to come out and work the ball around. This is our last regular season game and bunch of us seniors just wanted to play our hearts out."

Morrow scored the first six points of the night, all in the paint, for Oran (17-9) as the Eagles started the game on a 13-5 run before scoring nine straight points to end the quarter up 22-7.

Limiting Kelly (5-15) to only nine points in the second frame, five off free throws, Oran's Seth Bessell hit a 3-pointer, followed by Adam Scherer hitting a pair of free throws in the final minute to put the Eagles up 42-16 at the break.

"We got good shooting from our perimeter players," Morrow said. "They looked inside, we got the ball inside and we scored."

Putting their biggest quarter together in the third, scoring 30 points, Oran opened up the second half on a 14-5 run.

It was late in the period during a ten point scoring stretch that the Eagles pushed to their biggest lead of the night when Garrett Alsup hit a jumper to put his team up 70-25 with 14 second left in the frame.

"We started off and we were battling the whole time," Kelly head coach Josh Eftink said. "We just dug ourselves into a deeper hole the whole time. That's a tough team and a very tough matchup for our team.

"They have some big guys and they really pounded the rebounds on us."

Leading Oran on the night, Morrow finished the night with a game-high 24-points. Bessell and Nathan Michelson add 14 and 13 points to Oran cause respectively.

"He's a tough player," Eftink said of Morrow. "We've played them three times this year and we've tried different things. We've tried to get in front of the post, behind the post and know matter what we've done he's took it to us. He's a good player."

For Kelly, Stosh Lovett had a team-high 13 points while Householder and Alsup added 11 and eight to the Hawks cause.

With the regular season wrapped up, both teams will now set their sights on their respective districts tournaments starting this weekend.

In the Class 3, District 3 Tournament taking place at Saxony Lutheran High School, sixth-seeded Kelly will face third-seeded Scott City Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the opening round.

With the first seed in the Class 2, District 3 Tournament being played at Oran, the host Eagles will get an opening round bye, before the playing the winner of Lesterville/ Meadow Heights Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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ORAN (78) -- Seth Ressell 14, Nathan Michelson 13, Preston Scherer 3, Nolan Urhahn 2, Tyler Heuring 7, Dillon Kimball 2, Zac Chasteen 2, Adam Schaefer 4, Reece Mangels 5, Jon Morrow 24, Blake Henson 2. FG 29, FT 16-31, F 16. (3-pointers: Ressel 2, Scherer 1, Heuring 1. Fouled out: none)

KELLY (42) -- Trey Drury 13, Sawyer Elfrink 3, Michael Kuykendall 4, Brent Forck 2, Ian Householder 11, Garrett Alsup 8, Gabe Felter 1. FG 16, FT 6-12, F 21. (3-pointers: Drury 1, Householder 1. Fouled out: none)


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