HARRIMAN — Despite a 64-34 setback to York Institute on the final day of play at the Harriman Christmas Classic here Saturday, Oneida’s Lady Indians won two of three to improve their season record to 10-4.
In a pre-lunch tipoff that marked their second game in 18 hours Saturday, the Lady Indians were dominated start to finish by Class AA York Institute, which never trailed.
Against an Oneida team that had given up an average of just 23 points in each of its last three games, York scored 20 in the first period en route to the convincing win.
The Dragons shot 57 percent — 8 of 14 — from 3-point range and out-rebounded Oneida 38-19, while turning the ball over only seven times on the offensive end of the court.
York jumped out to a 12-2 lead midway through the first quarter and led by 14, 20-6, after the opening period.
Oneida rallied to cut the gap to nine, 22-13, two minutes into the second quarter, only to see York close on a 15-4 run to take command of the game.
The Dragons did not let up in the second half, storming out of the locker room to a 14-4 start to put the outcome out of doubt.
York’s Ashley Wright scored 21 points to lead all scorers and did not play in the fourth quarter.
Kelsie Caldwell scored 11 points to lead Oneida.
The game was to be Oneida’s last until after the start of the new year. The Lady Indians will resume district play at Jellico tomorrow (Friday) and will travel to Coalfield on Monday.
Oneida’s next home game is not until Jan. 22, against Sunbright.
SCORING: Oneida — Caldwell 11, Carson 8, Morgan 7, M. Stephens 6, Huling 2. York Institute — Wright 21, Atkinnson 13, Burke 10, Gammon 6, Butler 4, Stockton 3, Hull 3, Watters 2, Crouch 2.
Oneida 60, Harriman 33: The Lady Indians started well and finished well against the host school of the Harriman Christmas Classic Friday evening, earning a 60-33 win.
Micah Stephens scored 12 points and Victoria Williams added 10 points and eight rebounds as Oneida limited its opponent to a paltry offensive showing for a third consecutive outing.
The Blue Devils shot just 19 percent from the field, while Oneida shot the ball at a 47 percent pace.
Oneida out-rebounded Harriman 39-36.
Haley Goldston scored 11 to lead the Blue Devils.
Oneida trailed early but took the lead for good on a 3-point shot by Lecretia Robbins nearly two minutes into the game. After spotting Harriman three points to start, Oneida closed the first quarter on an 18-0 run and never looked back.
SCORING: Oneida — M. Stephens 12, Williams 10, Morgan 9, Carson 6, Terry 6, Thomas 3, Newport 3, Robbins 3, Lay 2, B. Stephens 2. Harriman — Goldston 11, Peddicord 5, Higgins 3, Duncan 3, Goins 3, Sells 2, LaRue 2, Boyd 2, Gallagher 2.
Oneida 38, Rockwood 14: Oneida limited Rockwood to 17 percent shooting from the field and forced 15 turnovers in a 38-14 win in Harriman Thursday afternoon.
The 14 points were the lowest allowed by the Lady Indians since a 49-10 win over J. Frank White Academy on Nov. 30, 2010.
Micah Stephens scored 16 points and had eight rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals to pace Oneida to the win in the opening day of play in the annual Harriman Christmas Classic.
Lecretia Robbins and Victoria Williams each had seven rebounds as well.
It was a somewhat slow night for Oneida on the offensive end, as the Lady Indians shot 31 percent and got to the free throw line just twice. But Oneida out-rebounded Rockwood 41-27 — with 17 rebounds coming on the offensive glass — and limited the Tigers’ shooting opportunities.
Rockwood scored on a shot by Cheyenne Thompson with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter to cut the gap to 9-7, but then ran into a brick wall. Oneida went on a 21-2 run that covered the remainder of the first quarter, the entire second quarter and much of the third quarter. The Tigers would not hit double digits on the scoreboard until the final two minutes of the third quarter.
Oneida led 38-11 with 2:16 remaining before Rockwood closed the game by scoring the final three points.
SCORING: Oneida — M. Stephens 16, Robbins 7, Williams 6, Morgan 4, Carson 3, Newport 2. Rockwood — Thompson 5, Cheek 3, Evans 2, Cates 2, Lee 2.