ONEIDA | It really wasn’t as close as the final score indicated — and the final score wasn’t too close.
The Lady Indians dominated region foe Harriman at OHS Gymnasium Tuesday (Dec. 13), pulling out a 75-52 win over the Blue Devils on a night where they would hit 13 three-point shots.
Braelyn Russ had a monster game, knocking down seven 3-pointers and scoring 24 points to lead all scorers. Raylie Bush finished with 15 points, five assists and five steals, and Elli West scored 12 points.
Russ was named the First National Bank Player of the Game, while Bush received the Trophy Masters Hustle Award.
Adison Oliver scored 21 points for Harriman, while Skyler Johnson added 18 points and had 15 rebounds.
Oneida jumped out to an 8-point lead in the first quarter, then built the lead to 26 points at the half by going on a 24-6 run in the second quarter.
The lead swelled to as much as 36 points in the third quarter before the Lady Indians called off the dogs.
Oneida never trailed in the game.
The Lady Indians were red-hot throughout the game. They shot 58% from the field in the first half, including 50% from 3-point range. Things cooled off in the second half as everyone got lots of minutes, but Oneida still shot 41% for the game, including 43% from 3-point range and 75% from the free throw line.
Russ had seven of Oneida’s 3-pointers, while Elmore and West each had two. Also hitting 3-pointers were Bush and Annaleah Terry.
A total of eight different players wound up in the scoring column for Oneida, which continues to impress in the first half of the season.
ONEIDA (75): Russ 24, Bush 15, West 12, Pike 8, Elmore 6, Terry 3, G. Shoemaker 3.
HARRIMAN (52): Oliver 21, Johnson 18, Mason 4, Rose 4, Thompson 3, Langley 1.