ONEIDA | Despite its record and its youth, Clarkrange is a feisty and gritty basketball team that has played several teams to the wire this season.
Saturday's game at OHS Gymnasium would not be one of those games.
The Indians led from start to finish, cruising to a 79-40 win over the Buffaloes in a game that saw everyone who dressed get on the floor.
Freshman Grady Keeton led five scorers in double-figures, with 15 points. His brother, Mason Keeton, added 12, and Hayden Brawner finished with 11, while Caden Rector and Zeb Spradlin each had 10.
Spradling added a team-high eight rebounds. Gavin Keeton had six boards as he continues to battle back from a foot injury that caused him to miss most of the first half of the season.
Oneida shot a scorching 58% from the floor, including 39% from 3-point range, while limiting Clarkrange to 34% shooting, including 10% from 3-point range, and forcing 20 turnovers.
The Indians' defensive effort netted 12 steals, spread out among a number of players with none having more than two.
Oneida jumped to a 21-6 lead after the first quarter, then expanded that lead to 43-20 at halftime.
The Buffaloes were able to keep things a little closer for much of the third quarter, but Oneida again went on a tear in the final period, out-scoring Clarkrange 19-6.
ONEIDA (79): Gr. Keeton 15, M. Keeton 12, Brawner 11, Rector 10, Spradlin 10, Bell 9, Huling 4, Limburg 4, Morgan 2, Zachary 2.
CLARKRANGE (40): Pannell 10, Byrd 9, Cordell 8, Swallows 7, Beaty 4, Bush 2.