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Batavia's glad to have her back.
Orman made her presence felt in her second game back, hitting four 3-pointers Jan. 12 as Batavia beat Wheaton North 40-36 for its fifth straight win. Batavia (11-10) scored 22 points in the third quarter after scoring just 10 in the first half.
"I had a pretty tough first half, but everybody on the team was supportive," Orman said. "Hitting that first one ignited me a little bit, I started putting them in. Everybody contributed."
Aside from Orman's shooting, it's the unseen intangibles that Batavia coach Kevin Jensen appreciates from his fourth-year varsity player. It's the rotations defensively to identify the best shooter, pulling down the extra rebound or being in the right place for a steal that shows up on film.
"She's been on a team that was 26-6, been on a team that struggled, and this year we feel we're right on the cusp of doing something special," Jensen said. "That's hard to replace by anybody else. She's always calm, a very smart basketball player."
Orman, who plans to study business in college, probably at Purdue or Indiana, has unfinished business on the court.
The Bulldogs have a tough weekend ahead, with Lake Park in conference and Fenwick at the Coach Kipp's Hoopsfest at Willowbrook Jan. 21.
"We have a lot of seniors, we're all grown up and we all want it badly," Orman said. "This is my last time playing with all my best friends and last year playing basketball. I want to make the best of it."