JELLICO, Tenn. | At first glance, it was a ho-hum night for Oneida senior Kelsey Pike.
The Miss Basketball candidate finished with 14 points on six of 10 shooting in Monday’s game at Jellico.
But, at second glance, Pike’s 14 points came in just nine minutes of work.
That’s the kind of night it was for Oneida. Coach Marv West went to his bench early and often, playing his top players sparingly in a 72-38 win over Jellico.
The Lady Indians won their 19th game of the season by jumping out to a 28-6 lead in the first quarter, and eventually led by as much as 39 points late in the first half.
Jellico never led.
Pike was the only player in double figures for Oneida, but a total of 14 different players wound up in the scoring column. Despite going all the way to the end of its bench — every player on the roster got at least seven minutes of playing time — the Lady Indians shot 52% from the field and had only 15 turnovers.
Defensively, Oneida recorded 22 steals — Grace Shoemaker led the way with five — while forcing Jellico into 30 turnovers and limiting the Blue Devils to 35% shooting.
Oneida out-rebounded Jellico 30 to 24. Leading the way was Kamryn Stiltner, with four rebounds. Like points, rebounds were evenly distributed for the Lady Indians.
Oneida shot a whopping 63% in the first half, connecting on 24 of 38 shot attempts while building the nearly 40-point lead.
ONEIDA (72): Pike 14, Stiltner 9, Kline 8, Bush 7, Russ 7, Martin 6, K. Shoemaker 5, Terry 4, Elmore 3, G. Shoemaker 2, Smith 2, West 2, Jones 2, Mitchell 1.
JELLICO (38): Morgan 13, Lay 9, McCullah 8, Bolton 5, Duncan 2, Silcox 1.