Shay Buttram puts up a shot during Oneida's 67-61 loss to York Institute in Jamestown on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (Photo: Sarah Dunlap)

Oneida scored a season-high 79 points and clamped down on Jellico defensively to score its fourth district win of the season on Tuesday, Jan. 3, with a 79-32 win over the Blue Devils.

The Lady Indians jumped to a 26-4 lead after the first quarter and led 39-13 at halftime.

Oneida took advantage of a busy night at the free throw line, hitting 24 of 33 attempts, or 73 percent. In fact, most of Oneida’s first half scoring opportunities came at the line. Baylee Thomas, who finished with a game-high 16 points, connected on eight of 12 first half free throw attempts, while Sidney Dishman scored seven of her 14 first half points at the free throw line.

As a team, the Lady Indians were 19 of 24 at the free throw line in the first half.

Jellico, coached by former Oneida player and coach Amanda Jackson, had a strong third quarter, putting 14 points on the board.

But Oneida countered with 23 points of its own, widening the lead to 62-27 as the fourth quarter began.

Kendra Smith, who powered Jellico’s third quarter run with a pair of 3-point shots, finished with 14 points to lead the Blue Devils. Teammate Carmen Harris added 12, but only one other Jellico player scored.

With the win, Oneida improved to 4-0 in District 4-A play. A district game against Sunbright on Friday was postponed by the weather and will be played tomorrow (Friday), with tipoff set for 6:30 p.m. at OHS Gymnasium.

ONEIDA (79): B. Thomas 16, Dishman 14, Lamb 8, Hutson 8, Bertram 6, J. Thomas 5, Buttram 4, Boyatt 4, M. Newport 4, C. Newport 4, Brooks 4, Wright 2.

JELLICO (32): Smith 14, Harris 12, Moses 6.

York Institute 67, Oneida 61: Baylee Thomas scored 24 points, while Sidney Dishman and Emily Bertram combined for 28, but it was not quite enough for the Lady Indians in Jamestown Thursday evening, as two York players scored 20-plus to lift the Dragons to a 67-61 win over their guests on a snowy night.

Lexi Smith scored 21 points and Harli Smith added 20 for the Dragons, who built a nine-point halftime lead and held on for the win.

Lexi Smith hit three 3-point shots in the second quarter, adding to two she hit in the first quarter, and finished the first half with 17 points. Harli Smith, meanwhile, scored eight in the second quarter and finished the first half with 16 points, as the Dragons jumped to a 38-29 halftime lead.

Oneida clamped down on the Smiths in the second half, holding them to just eight combined points. Meanwhile, Thomas and Dishman did most of their damage in the second half. Thomas scored eight points in the third quarter, and added eight more in the fourth quarter, while Dishman scored eight of her 14 in the second half.

Oneida, though, was unable to trim the lead further in the fourth quarter after cutting it to six points after the third period.

ONEIDA (61): B. Thomas 24, Dishman 14, Bertram 14, Wright 5, Brooks 4.

YORK (67): L. Smith 21, H. Smith 20, Copeland 13, Conatser 6, Tipton 5, Reagan 2.

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