By CALEB NELSON
Adair County Free Press
Orient-Macksburg’s girls and boys basketball teams have had a flurry of games since Christmas Break and more of them have been in the friendly confines of their home gym.
The Bulldogs had only one home contest during the 2017 portion of their schedule and the boys will have played at home four times in 2018 by the end of this week.
Most recently, the O-M girls collected their second win of the season — a 48-43 overtime decision over Moulton-Udell at home. Previously, the only win the Bulldogs had was a 38-30 win on the road at Iowa Christian Academy.
Against M-U, tied at 38 after regulation, O-M was able to out-score its visitors 10-5 in the extra period to secure the win. Sophomores Kaela Eslinger (17 points) and Hailey Johnson (11) each finished in double figures for the red-and-white. Eslinger also snatched 12 boards, five assists and five steals for her team. Junior Haylee Gardner scored three but had nine rebounds, five of them offensive boards.
O-M’s girls saw a nine-point deficit after the third quarter snowball into a 42-26 loss to Lamoni Tuesday, Jan. 2. Eslinger scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Otherwise, the Demons kept O-M’s scorers in check.
Despite improvement, Bulldog boys continue skid
Orient-Macksburg’s boys basketball squad lost to Audubon at home Monday night, 84-22. The Wheelers held O-M scoreless in a 24-0 first quarter and were up 52-10 by halftime. O-M junior Dylan Holste led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Four Audubon players scored greater than 10, led by junior Lane Lawson’s 21 points.
Against Moulton-Udell last Saturday, O-M had a much better offensive output, yet still lost 62-40. Junior Carson Thompson tied an M-U player with a game-high 21 points. Holste chipped in eight.
Lamoni defeated O-M last Tuesday, 86-13. The Demons led 49-6 at halftime as the Bulldogs struggled to get anything established on the offensive end.
O-M also played Ankeny Christian Academy Friday but stats are not available. The Eagles were victorious in that game, 88-19.