Oneida's seniors take the last few minutes off in Tuesday's senior night win over Coalfield. From left are Kelsie Caldwell, Rachael Thomas, Destini Carson, Brittany Stephens and Micah Stephens. (Independent Herald photo/Melanie Garrett)
Oneida's seniors take the last few minutes off in Tuesday's senior night win over Coalfield. From left are Kelsie Caldwell, Rachael Thomas, Destini Carson, Brittany Stephens and Micah Stephens. (Independent Herald photo/Melanie Garrett)

 

Oneida took another step towards a perfect regular season in district play with a 65-46 win over Coalfield Tuesday. But it was not easy.

After the Lady Indians jumped to a 13-point lead in the first half, Coalfield slowly chipped away at the deficit and pulled to within four points in the second half before finally running out of gas against an Oneida team that refused to allow a late-season upset.

After shooting just 19 percent against Oneida's full-court defensive pressure on Monday, the Lady 'Jackets shot 63 percent for much of the first half Tuesday before finally cooling off in the fourth quarter. For the game, Coalfield was 42 percent from the field.

Oneida, meanwhile, shot well for a second consecutive night, shooting 47 percent from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line.

Micah Stephens finished with 17 points, while Kelsie Caldwell had a season-high 11 points in her final regular season home game. Baylee Newport also placed in double-figures, with 10.

Taylor Bird scored 12 to lead Coalfield.

Oneida started off red-hot in the first quarter, jumping to a 23-12 lead behind its strong post play. The Lady Indians led by as much as 13, 34-21, in the second quarter before Coalfield began to slowly chip away. The Lady 'Jackets closed the half on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 34-28.

Coalfield would pull to within four in the third quarter, 39-35, and kept it there for several minutes. But Newport scored five straight points to push the lead to 38-29 after the third quarter, and Oneida was on its way to a comfortable win.

ONEIDA (65): Micah Stephens 17, Kelsie Caldwell 11, Baylee Newport 10, Jessi Morgan 7, Tessa Huling 6, Destini Carson 5, Victoria Williams 4, Rachael Thomas 3, Shelby Thompson 2.

COALFIELD (46): Taylor Bird 12, Natalie Layne 10, Chelsea Berry 8, Lauren Craig 6, Jessie Jordan 6, Grace Hensley 4.

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