Oneida advanced to the District 4-A semifinals with a win over Jellico at OHS Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
Micah Stephens recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Baylee Newport had 14 points, 5 assists and four steals for the Lady Indians. Victoria Williams added 10 points and seven boards.
Jellico led for the first several minutes of the opening quarter, and continued to hang tough until midway through the third quarter, when fouls began to become an issue for the Blue Devils.
At one point, an Oneida team that was red-hot from the floor in the early going managed to open an 11-point lead. But the Devils chipped away at that advantage for the remainder of the second quarter, cutting the deficit to four points.
Jellico senior Rachel Ayers was a big reason for the Blue Devils' success, scoring 19 points and earning seven blocked shots despite being hampered by foul problems. Courtney Charles had 12 points and eight rebounds for Jellico, while Natasha Taylor added 11 points.
Oneida led 35-27 at halftime, only to see Jellico score the first four points of the second half to cut the lead to four. From that point on, however, it was all Oneida. The Lady Indians used an 18-6 run to push the lead to 16 points late in the third quarter, and Ayers fouled out of the game soon after, essentially ending any hopes Jellico had of a comeback.
Oneida would go on to lead by as much as 22 points in the fourth quarter.
The win earns the Lady Indians a berth in the Region 2-A tournament. Oneida will face Coalfield in the District 4-A semifinals Friday at Wartburg Central. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. The Lady Yellow Jackets defeated Sunbright tonight, 58-29.
SCORING: Oneida — Newport 14, M. Stephens 13, Williams 10, Carson 9, Caldwell 8, Robbins 7, Lay 7, Morgan 2, Thompson 2. Jellico — Ayers 19, Charles 12, Taylor 11, Vaughn 6, Creekmore 5, Beams 2.