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Oneida senior Shaylyn Lay drives the ball past an Oakdale defender during a 40-31 win by the Lady Indians on Friday, Feb. 1. (Independent Herald photo/Melanie Garrett. Click to purchase image.)

OAKDALE -- Oneida's Lady Indians used a fourth quarter rally to earn their seventh consecutive win and sew up at least a third place finish in the District 4-A regular season standings with a 40-31 win over Oakdale here Friday.

Trailing for much of the game, the Lady Indians found themselves battling poor shooting and foul problems. Leading scorer Micah Stephens was limited to just eight minutes in the first three and a half periods, while Oneida coach Marv West was forced to shuffle his post players due to the mounting fouls.

The Lady Indians shot just 19 percent in the first half and 26 percent from the game, but managed to hit shots when it mattered most. Freshman point guard Baylee Newport led the way with nine points, while Victoria Williams finished with eight points and six rebounds in extended duty due to the foul situation. Senior Lecretia Robbins had seven points for Oneida.

Despite the foul problems, Stephens finished with five points and five rebounds, while Jessica Morgan had six boards for the Lady Indians.

Sierra Snow scored nine points early and led Oakdale with 12 points and eight rebounds.

The Lady Indians never led until the fourth quarter, trailing 9-4 after the first period and 17-14 at the half.

Despite having an opportunity to take the lead in the third quarter, Oneida saw Oakdale continue to lead, by as much as six late in the period.

Oneida finally took the lead on a layup by Morgan with 4:55 remaining, then never trailed again.

The win guarantees that the Lady Indians, who are 8-2 with two district games remaining, will finish no lower than third in the regular season district standings, while keeping them in the hunt for the regular season district championship.

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