Oneida has lost one district game the past two seasons.
In Monday’s regular season finale, the Lady Indians avenged that loss in a big way, dominating arch-rival Oliver Springs, 69-36.
Sidney Dishman had 20 points, Baylee Thomas added 13, and Oneida shot 50 percent as a team to cruise to the lopsided win against a team that until just recently had given the Lady Indians fits in league play.
Oliver Springs spoiled Oneida’s opportunity for a second consecutive perfect season in district play with a one-point win on its home court last month. Given the opportunity to avenge that loss, the Lady Indians wasted little time in turning Monday’s regular season finale into a rout.
Oneida scored the game’s first eight points and led 21-5 by the end of the first quarter. Oliver Springs looked like it might right the ship at one point in the second quarter, trimming the lead to eight points, 28-20, with 3:07 to play in the first half.
But Oneida responded with an 11-0 run to end the first half and never looked back.
On a night when seniors were stealing the show, Emily Brooks made her mark on the game with eight rebounds, five steals and four assists.
When Oneida was not looking like a well-oiled machine on offense, the Lady Indians were creating havoc on defense. Oliver Springs’ first six offensive possessions ended in turnovers, and the Bobcats finished with 28 turnovers.
Thirteen different Oneida players scored in the game, and eight scored at least four points.
The outcome of Monday’s game did not change the District 4-A standings. Oneida finished as the No. 1 seed and will play in the district semifinals at Wartburg tomorrow (Friday). Oliver Springs finished as the No. 4 seed and was to have hosted No. 5 Sunbright on Wednesday.
ONEIDA (69): Dishman 20, B. Thomas 13, Brooks 6, J. Thomas 4, Buttram 4, Boyatt 4, Lowe 4, Bertram 4, Hutson 2, Terry 2, Wright 2, C. Newport 2, Lamb 2.
OLIVER SPRINGS (36): Baker 12, Buck 6, Armstrong 4, Green 3, M. Crass 2, Johnson 2, R. Crass 2, Chaston 2, J. Crass 1, Hester 1, Fowler 1.