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Oak Ridge girls basketball returns top player Reagan Howe

Junior Reagan Howe averaged a double-double to be named all-district and all-conference for Oak Ridge as a sophomore. Photo by Jay Forness

Even though the Oak Ridge girls basketball team fell short of reaching the district championship game last winter, the Blue Jays still managed to win their first postseason game in school history.

Oak Ridge beat Couch 64-48 in the Class 1 District 1 quarterfinals before falling to eventual district champions Delta 101-48 in the semifinals. Nonetheless, this is an Oak Ridge program that is on the up after winning double-digit games for the first time in school history as well with a record of 10-15.

The Blue Jays success has largely in part been because of fielding one of the top talents in all of Southeast Missouri, junior Reagan Howe. Regan, who stands at 6-foot, averaged a double-double as she recorded 20.9 points and 10.4 rebounds as through 25 games as just a sophomore for the Blue Jays. She notched a total of 17 double-doubles and produced three 30-point and 15 20-point outings.

These numbers rightfully earned Reagan a spot on the Class 1 District 1 All-District Team, while she was also an all-conference selection for both the Scott-Miss and BCS Tri-County conferences.

Howe has been playing AAU basketball for most of her life with Southeast Dynasty and was a Class 1 All-State selection in volleyball this fall. She even led Oak Ridge’s volleyball team to its first-ever district championship match this year.

Outside of Howe, other returning players for the Blue Jays girls basketball team will be senior MaKayla Rangel, juniors Madyson Ruehling and Madalyn Schemel, sophomores Reese Morrison, Kinsley Bogenpohl and Jayleigh Price.

Along with its two conference tournaments, Oak Ridge will also play in the First State Community Bank Holiday Classic.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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