OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn. | There was a time when Oneida vs. Oliver Springs would be the deciding game at the top of the District 3-A standings. There was also a time when playing inside the old gymnasium at Oz would strike fear in the hearts of Lady Indian supporters.
Neither of those things were true Friday, as Oneida rolled to a 60-32 win over the Bobcats, winning in a rout to remain unbeaten in the district standings.
A very good week of basketball continued for Oneida, as the Lady Indians got 18 points from Elli West and rolled to the lopsided win. The freshman was named the First National Bank Player of the Game.
Kelsey Pike, whose minutes were limited by the lopsided nature of the game, finished with 10 points.
Annaleah Terry had a team-high nine rebounds and was named the Trophy Masters Hustle Award winner.
Oneida jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the first quarter, but really blew the game open in the third period. Up 25-13 at halftime, the Lady Indians scored 30 points in the third quarter alone, turning the 12-point lead into a rout.
Megan Armstrong had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats.
Oneida forced Oliver Springs into 20 turnovers, but the big difference was shooting. Oliver Springs was a paltry 32% against the Lady Indians’ defense, while Oneida shot a scorching 63% from the field.
In fact, the only place Oneida struggled was the free throw line, where the Lady Indians finished seven of 16.
Oneida had a 27-15 rebounding advantage.
The 60 points scored by Oneida came despite the Lady Indians not scoring a field goal for the last 7:27 of the game, as everyone got a chance to log significant minutes. In fact, no player who dressed for the Lady Indians played fewer than five minutes.
Oliver Springs never led in the game.
ONEIDA (60): West 18, Pike 10, Smith 7, G. Shoemaker 5, Russ 5, Bush 4, A. Terry 4, Kline 3, Elmore 2, Stiltner 1, K. Shoemaker 1.OLIVER SPRINGS (32): Armstrong 19, Hill 4, Thornton 4, Lackey 3, Yates 2.