SUNBRIGHT, Tenn. | Coalfield took the drama out of Tuesday’s Oneida-Sunbright tussle on Friday, beating the Tigers to hand the Lady Indians a regular season district championship.
And in Tuesday’s actual game, the Lady Indians made sure there was no drama that would creep back in, pulling away across the final three periods to keep their district record unbeaten with a 66-37 win over Sunbright.
Lydia Kline scored 17 points to lead the way for Oneida, while also recording four steals. She was named the IH Sports Network’s First National Bank Player of the Game. Kelsey Pike had a double-double, with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Raylie Bush had 11 points and five steals, and was named the IHSN’s Trophy Masters Hustle Award winner.
Alley Shannon had 13 points to lead Sunbright.
It was a tight game early. In fact, Sunbright led by as much as five points in the opening period and trailed by just two after a surge by Oneida to end the first quarter.
But then the Lady Indians took over. Oneida went on a 22-13 lead in the second quarter to build a double-digit lead at the intermission, and kept it going in the second half by limiting Sunbright to only 12 points in the third and fourth quarters combined.
Sunbright struggled against Oneida’s defense, shooting 26% and turning the ball over 21 times. The Tigers were a dismal four of 16 from the free throw line in the second half, and shot 41% from the line for the game.
Oneida didn’t have its best shooting night, but the 38% the Lady Indians shot was more than enough to pick up the district win. Oneida finished 85% from the free throw line. Braelyn Russ was five of six from the line, and Annaleah Terry went four of four from the stripe.
Oneida will wrap up district play on Friday, with a visit from Oliver Springs.
ONEIDA (66): Kline 17, Pike 15, Bush 11, Smith 5, Terry 4, West 3.
SUNBRIGHT (37): Al. Shannon 13, Smith 7, Ad. Shannon 6, Freels 5, Coleman 4, Nichols 2.