ONEIDA | If there was a hangover from the lights-out fourth quarter the Lady Indians had against Oakdale less than 24 hours earlier, they didn’t show it against Kingston here Tuesday (Jan. 17).
Oneida pulled away in the second half for a 76-60 win over the Yellow Jackets, an impressive non-district victory.
Kelsey Pike was her usual self, scoring 27 points and recording a team-high four steals while knocking down three 3-pointers and going six of six from the free throw line.
Freshman Elli West had arguably the best game of her young career, finishing with 22 points, including a five-of-eight effort from 3-point range. She was named the First National Bank Player of the Game.
It was a tie game at halftime, and Oneida led by just two as the fourth quarter began. But the final period was all Lady Indians. OHS put up 26 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Kingston led by as much as three points early in the third quarter, but Oneida battled back. The Lady Indians shot 54% from the field in the second half, including 46% from 3-point range. They were also 82% from the free throw line in the second half, going nine of 11 from the stripe after shooting only three free throws — and making just one — in the first half. Kingston, on the other hand, was nine of nine from the line in the first half.
Oneida had only nine turnovers on the night, while forcing Kingston into 22 turnovers.
ONEIDA (76): Pike 27, West 22, G. Shoemaker 9, Bush 7, Russ 5, Elmore 2, Terry 2, Smith 2.
KINGSTON (60): Fritz 18, Mar. Neal 17, Roberts 12, Mac. Neal 7, Diggs 4, Presley 2.