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Lady Indians roll to 22-point win over Sunbright behind a big night from Kelsey Pike

ONEIDA  |  Sunbright refused to go away. But refused to let the Lady Tigers catch completely back up.

As Sunbright trimmed what was at one point a 24-point Oneida lead down to 10 points early in the fourth quarter at OHS Gymnasium Friday, the Lady Indians just kept doing their thing, eventually prevailing with a 72-50 win to remain perfect in District 4-A play.

A big reason why was Pike. The senior showed again why she should be taken seriously by every Miss Basketball voter in Tennessee, scoring 33 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals while going nine of nine at the free throw line.

It seemed like every time Sunbright took a step forward in its comeback bid, Pike had an answer. Along the way, she surpassed 1,500 points for her career.

Also playing a big role was . The junior received the Trophy Masters Hustle Award after logging seven rebounds, six assists and six steals — leading her team in each category — to go along with eight points.

While no one but Pike hit double-figures in the scoring column — junior was the closest, with nine — no one had to. After the brief period of time early in the third quarter and early in the fourth when it looked like Sunbright might have a comeback up its sleeve, the Lady Indians completely took charge of the game once more.

Nine different players finished in the scoring column for the Lady Indians, who shot 48% from the field and 92% from the free throw line. Oneida was 12 of 13 from the stripe.

Sunbright, meanwhile, shot well in its own right. The Lady Tigers were 46% from the field and 80% from the free throw line, and shot 57% from 3-point range, where they were eight of 14.

McKenna Smith scored 19 for the Tigers, and Alley Shannon added 17.

Oneida’s defense was its usual aggressive self. The Lady Indians recorded 19 steals as a team — also had four take-aways — and forced Sunbright into 27 turnovers.

With the win, the Lady Indians move a step closer to securing the district’s top seed in the regular season.

ONEIDA (72): Pike 33, Russ 9, Bush 8, West 6, Kline 6, Smith 4, G. Shoemaker 2, Terry 2, K. Shoemaker 2.

SUNBRIGHT (50): Smith 19, Al. Shannon 17, Young 7, Nichols 3, Coleman 2, Freels 2.

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