In a game that marked the return of former Oneida head coach Amanda Jackson to the school, the Lady Indians cruised to a 67-49 win Monday evening.
Monday's game — originally scheduled for Jan. 7 before snow forced a postponement — marked Jackson's first game at OHS Gymnasium since leading the Lady Indians to a first round district tournament win over Coalfield in February 2012. In that single season at Oneida, Jackson led an Oneida team picked to finish towards the back of the district pack to a 19-win season before falling to District 3 champion Tellico Plains in the Region 2-A tournament.
Jackson's Jellico squad entered Monday's game with a 6-14 record, tying the school's combined win mark for the last five seasons. But a seventh win was not to be Monday.
Instead, the Lady Indians (14-5, 7-0) raced to a 42-16 halftime lead and hit cruise control en route to the 18-point victory.
Oneida shot 51 percent from the field in the first half and committed only four turnovers, while holding Jellico to 21 percent and forcing 17 turnovers, to build the insurmountable lead by the intermission.
Jellico lost despite holding a 46-34 rebounding advantage over Oneida. Carla Beams finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Lady Devils, while teammate Natasha Taylor had 20 points and 9 rebounds. Courtney Charles finished with nine rebounds as well.
But Oneida shot 44 percent from the field while limiting Jellico to 28 percent and forcing 26 turnovers, which proved to be the game's difference.
Baylee Newport continued to distribute the ball well for Oneida. The sophomore point guard had nine assists and five steals, and also led the Lady Indians in scoring, with 16. Micah Stephens added 11 points and six rebounds.
ONEIDA (67): Baylee Newport 16, Micah Stephens 11, Victoria Williams 10, Rachael Thomas 8, Jessi Morgan 8, Destini Carson 6, Brittany Stephens 3, Tesla Huling 3, Sidney Dishman 2.
JELLICO (49): Natasha Taylor 20, Carla Beams 19, Brittany Vaughn 6, Courtney Charles 4.