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Pickett County’s defense instrumental to win over Oneida

BYRDSTOWN, Tenn.  |  Back and forth it went here Friday night — first Oneida on top, then Pickett County in the lead.

But, ultimately, the Bobcats were able to prevail with a 59-54 win over the Indians.

Oneida led by as much as 10 points midway through the second quarter, but Pickett County rallied to regain the lead in the second half, and ultimately pulled out the win with a stout defensive effort.

Pickett County is a team that does not feature much size, but its signature style of play is pressing, aggressive defense. That paid off for the Bobcats Friday, as they forced the Indians into 28 turnovers.

And playing in a region where it’s notoriously difficult for outside teams to garner an equal number of foul calls, the Bobcats shot 29 free throws to only 13 for Oneida. The Indians did not go to the free throw line in the first half.

Oneida shot 60% from the field in the first half, but Pickett County clamped down defensively in the second half, limiting the Indians to just 28% shooting. The Indians were limited to just five points in the third quarter, though they still led 35-33 as the final period began.

Meanwhile, Eli Reagan went off for Pickett County, scoring 28 points.

Oneida was led by ’s 20 points. Keeton also had eight rebounds and four steals.

had a team-high 12 rebounds.

ONEIDA (54): M. Keeton 20, G. Keeton 9, Brawner 9, G. Keeton 5, Spradlin 4, Rector 3, Bell 2, Huling 2.

PICKETT CO. (59): Reagan 28, Harris 8, Amonett 7, Anderson 7, Burton 5, Parris 2, Thomas 2.

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