ONEIDA | The Lady Indians built a big lead early, then withstood a late Campbell County surge to get back on the winning track in Monday's (Nov. 28) home-opener at OHS Gymnasium.
Oneida defeated the Cougars 48-45 to improve to 3-1 on the season, holding on for the win after Campbell County had closed a double-digit deficit to a single point late in the game.
Kelsey Pike had a monster game for Oneida, with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Raylie Bush finished with six steals, in addition to eight points.
Oneida started slow at the free throw line, but was solid down the stretch, going 6 of 8 from the stripe in the second half. That, coupled with a 44% shooting effort from the field, gave the Lady Indians all the offense they needed on a night when the defense was outstanding.
Saylor Hutcheson was Campbell County's leading scorer, finishing with 10 points.
Oneida moves to 3-1 on the season with the win, its only blemish being a setback at Clarkrange a week earlier.
The Lady Indians built their 14-point halftime lead by out-scoring Campbell County 18-8 in the second quarter.
But the Cougars roared back in the third quarter, going on an 18-7 run to close the deficit to 35-32 as the final period began.
ONEIDA (48): Pike 15, Bush 8, Russ 7, G. Shoemaker 7, Elmore 6, Terry 3, West 2.
CAMPBELL CO. (45): Hutheson 10, Lester 8, Pemberton 8, Brandenburg 6, Morris 5, Kitts 5, Rutherford 3.
Pickett Co. 86, Oneida 51
BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. | It would have been hard to have imagined a tougher start.
Oneida fell behind 20-3 in the first quarter of Friday's game at Pickett County, en route to an 86-51 loss to the Bobcats.
Pickett County was dominant on both ends of the court to start the game. And while Oneida picked up its offense after the first quarter, the Bobcats proved too much to handle on the opposite end. In fact, Pickett County scored 28 points in the second quarter, as the lead widened to 48-22 at halftime.
Kelsey Pike scored 19 points and had a team-high seven rebounds to lead Oneida, and two other players finished in double-figures. Raylie Bush had 12 points, while freshman Elli West scored a season-high 11 points.
But overall it was a tough night for Oneida. The Lady Indians were limited to 29% shooting from the field and 64% from the free throw line.
Pickett County, meanwhile, shot a red-hot 53%, and was 63% from 3-point range in the first half as it built the insurmountable lead.
Five different Bobcats finished in double figures, led by Zoey Nicholas's 18 points.
With the win, Pickett County completed an initial sweep of local teams, having earlier defeated Scott High on the same court.
A total of 15 different players saw action for Oneida.
ONEIDA (51): Pike 19, Bush 12, West 11, Smith 4, Terry 2, Elmore 2, G. Shoemaker 1.
PICKETT CO. (86): Nicholas 18, A. Lowe 16, Reeder 12, Amonett 11, Tompkins 10, Keisling 8, E. Lowe 6, Conner 5.