MONTEREY, Tenn. — A strong second half allowed Oneida’s Lady Indians to play the role of homecoming spoiler here Friday evening, with a 48-42 win over Monterey at Burks Middle School.
Oneida (12-5) outscored Monterey (6-14) 29-17 in the second half to earn the non-district win, bouncing back nicely from a loss to Coalfield earlier in the week.
Micah Stephens had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocked shots despite being severely limited by foul trouble in the first half.
Fouls created havoc for the Lady Indians in the first half, as Oneida found itself simply trying to survive until halftime. Poor free throw shooting by the Wildcats — who finished the game 8-of-21 from the free throw line — and a strong post presence by Kelsie Caldwell enabled Oneida to do that.
Caldwell, who finished with five points and seven rebounds, came up with a series of key plays in the second quarter, and Oneida was able to stay within striking distance, trailing 25-19 at the half.
Led by Sara Dishman, who finished the game with 18 points, Monterey built a 16-8 lead in the first quarter and led by as much as nine (20-11) in the second quarter.
But Oneida was able to hang around. Baylee Newport, who finished with four points and six assists, capped back-to-back buckets by Oneida, and Lecretia Robbins — who finished with six points and eight rebounds — answered a Monterey bucket with a pair of free throws, and Oneida ended the half down just six points.
A 3-point shot by Sierra Hill to start the second half allowed Monterey to match its biggest lead of the night, but from there the Lady Indians took control.
Oneida used a 13-0 run to take its first lead since early in the first quarter. The lead came on a bucket by Robbins midway through the third quarter.
The Lady Indians would go on to end the third quarter with a six-point lead, closing on a 20-5 run.
Oneida would build the lead to double digits early in the fourth quarter, and Monterey was not able to seriously threaten. The Wildcats closed the game by scoring the final five points, including a 3-point shot with just seconds remaining.
Oneida shot 42 percent from the field and dominated the glass, out-rebounding Monterey 37-19.
Monterey shot well from 3-point range, hitting eight of 16 attempts, but finished just 32 percent from the field, as Oneida limited the Wildcats to just 20 percent shooting inside the 3-point arch.
SCORING: Oneida — M. Stephens 19, Williams 7, Morgan 6, Robbins 6, Newport 5, Caldwell 5. Monterey — Dishman 18, Ledford 7, Hill 6, Miller 6, Bilbrey 2, Horn 2, Farley 1.