SUNBRIGHT — Oneida entered Friday's District 4-A showdown here knowing that Sunbright's winless record belied the Tigers' dangerousness, and Marty Maxfield's team did not disappoint, taking the Indians to the wire before Oneida escaped with a 53-43 win.
The Indians built a double-digit lead early, then saw Sunbright close to within four points in the fourth quarter before hanging on for the win — improving them to 4-0 in district play and marking coach Rusty Yaden's 100th career victory.
In his return, Cole West led all scorers with 20 points and seven rebounds. However, there was a moment when West — who has been out for nearly a month with a hairline fracture in his foot — landed awkwardly on his injured foot and grimaced, drawing concern from Yaden.
"We're going to evaluate Cole tonight and see how he feels," Yaden said after the game. "If it isn't great, we'll sit him tomorrow (when the Indians host Cumberland Gap). We have to be smart about this."To continue reading, please subscribe to the Independent Herald. If you are already a subscriber, email email@example.com to receive login credentials. If you are a subscriber who is logged in and believe you are seeing this message in error, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-569-6343.