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York controls game against Oneida

JAMESTOWN, Tenn.  |  Oneida ran into a buzz saw here Monday (Jan. 30), as York Institute picked up a win with surprising ease, 79-34.

The Dragons, a defending state tournament team who may well be headed back there again under second-year head coach Rodney Pile, used a 45-19 run in the second half to blow open a game that already found them comfortably ahead at the intermission.

York never trailed after the opening stages of the game, leading by nine points after the first quarter and by 19 at halftime, 34-15. 

Four players scored in double figures for the Dragons, led by Jackson Conatser’s 16 points.

Oneida got a typical night from , with 17 points, but no other Indian finished with more than five points.

York shot 55% from the field to just 26% for Oneida, and dominated the glass, 40 to 18. The Dragons committed just eight turnovers on offense.

The Dragons had beaten Oneida earlier this season, but the Dec. 15 game was a much closer 69-59 decision at OHS Gymnasium.

Monday’s game marked the first time Oneida has lost back-to-back games since before Christmas. The Indians lost at Kingston on Thursday.

Oneida, which remains the top team in District 3-A, with an unbeaten record in league play, was slated to go to Jellico for a non-district game on Tuesday, with an opportunity to snap the two-game skid before getting back into district play on Friday when Wartburg visits OHS Gymnasium.

Monday’s game saw lead the way in rebounding, with six. Jesse Zachary came off the bench to grab five boards. 

ONEIDA (34): M. Keeton 17, Spradlin 5, Gr. Keeton 3, Gilbert 3, Ga. Keeton 2, Brawner 2, Morgan 1, Zachary 1.

YORK (79): Conatser 16, Bilbrey 13, Wattenbarger 13, York 11, Parker 7, Beaty 6, Winningham 4, Hall 4, Leffew 3, Choate 2.

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