ONEIDA | The Lady Indians used a mixture of old and young to spring an upset win over Coalfield at OHS Gymnasium on Friday, defeating the Lady Jackets 70-58 to establish themselves as the team to beat in District 3-A.
Senior Kelsey Pike continued to prove herself a Miss Basketball candidate in Class A, scoring 23 points and hauling down nine rebounds on a night where she hit five 3-pointers. Meanwhile, freshman Elli West came off the bench to score 14 points for Oneida, which never trailed against the defending district champs.
Oneida scored 20 points in the first quarter and 23 in the fourth quarter to book-end a complete-game effort against the Lady Jackets.
Coalfield got 24 points from Kadence Jackson and 17 from Alexis Morrison, as its two best players combined for 41 points.
The Lady Jackets also shot 46% from the field.
Ultimately, though, Oneida was simply too much on the offensive end. The Lady Indians shot 43%, knocked down a whopping 13 three-pointers, and turned the ball over only eight times.
Oneida led by seven points after the first quarter. And while Coalfield would play the Lady Indians almost evenly in the second and third quarters, Oneida was still up by five points, 47-42, as the fourth quarter began.
The final period belonged to the Lady Indians, who put up 23 points in the final eight-minute stanza to salt the game away.
Coalfield is a state tournament hopeful with Jackson and Morrison providing a powerful post-guard combo. Friday’s win was a statement win for Oneida, which is a perennial contender in the district but finished runner-up to Coalfield a year ago. The Lady Indians are also hoping to get back to the state tournament, after coming up one game short of that goal a year ago. If they’re able to accomplish that, it would mark three appearances in four years in Murfreesboro for Marv West’s team.
ONEIDA (70): Pike 23, West 14, Terry 8, Elmore 7, Smith 6, Russ 5, Bush 1.
COALFIELD (58): Jackson 24, Morrison 17, West 8, Armes 5, Byrd 4.