Oneida's Baylee Newport stares down a Wartburg ball-handler during a game in Wartburg on Dec. 10, 2013. (Independent Herald photo/Melanie Garrett)
Oneida's Baylee Newport stares down a Wartburg ball-handler during a game in Wartburg on Dec. 10, 2013. (Independent Herald photo/Melanie Garrett)

 

Twenty players saw action and 14 wound up in the scoring column for Oneida Tuesday evening, as the Lady Indians overpowered Sunbright, 68-33.

Oneida improved its overall record to 5-3 and jumped to a 3-0 start in District 4-A play with the win, which saw the Lady Indians race to a 26-5 lead in the opening period before hitting cruise control.

Senior Destini Carson scored nine points in that opening period and finished with a game-high 14, while fellow senior Rachel Thomas scored 11 for the Lady Indians.

Sunbright was led by Hannah Bowling's eight points.

Oneida allowed just nine points in the entire first half, leading 43-9 at halftime before backing off in the second half.

Sunbright shot just 25 percent from the field for the game but improved markedly in the second half, quickly doubling its point total out of the locker room and playing almost evenly with the Lady Indians the rest of the way.

Oneida led by as much as 39 points, and shot well over 70 percent from the field for much of the first half.

The Lady Indians finished with a dominant 36-22 advantage on the boards and forced 28 Sunbright turnovers. Fourteen of those were the result of steals. Thomas led the way with four steals.

Sophomore point guard Baylee Newport finished with a season-high six assists despite playing only 13 minutes.

ONEIDA (68): Destini Carson 14, Rachel Thomas 11, Baylee Newport 8, Micah Stephens 7, Shelby Thompson 6, Victoria Williams 4, Raven Wright 3, Jessi Morgan 3, Madison Yancey 2, Brittany Stephens 2, Millie Newport 2, Sydney Dishman 2, Baylee Thomas 2, Aubrey Terry 2.