WARTBURG — How would Oneida respond to its disappointing District 4-A semifinal loss?
As it turned out, the Lady Indians were downright defensive.
Facing Coalfield in Monday’s district tournament consolation game, the Lady Indians cranked up the defensive pressure against the Lady Jackets, forcing Coalfield into 25 turnovers and limiting their opponent to 33 percent shooting to earn a 53-40 win.
Playing against the district’s co-player of the year, Kaylea Foster, the Lady Indians’ defense shone particularly bright. While Foster had a big impact on the game, with 11 rebounds, Oneida limited the Lady Jacket senior standout to seven points and forced her into nine turnovers.
That defensive effort, combined with a strong night on the offensive glass — the Lady Indians had 18 offensive rebounds, helped Oneida overcome a second consecutive game with poor shooting. The Lady Indians finished by shooting just 32 percent from the field, including several missed layups. They also had an abysmal night at the free throw line, hitting 12 of 30 attempts, or 40 percent.
Sidney Dishman scored 16 points for Oneida, while Emily Bertram added 12 points and eight rebounds. Bertram was one of three Lady Indians with eight boards. Emily Brooks and Baylee Thomas each pulled down eight rebounds as well.
With neither team shooting well, Oneida held a four-point lead at the end of the first quarter. While the Lady Indians grew the lead to eight points in the second period, Coalfield managed to trim it back to four points at halftime, 24-20, despite not scoring a field goal for the final 4:57 of the first half.
The game was still tight going to the fourth quarter, with Oneida leading 38-33. But the Lady Indians blew the game open in the final period.
ONEIDA (53): Dishman 16, Bertram 12, B. Thomas 8, Brooks 5, Wright 5, Hutson 3, Boyatt 2, Lowe 2.
COALFIELD (40): Bird 19, Tinker 10, Foster 7, Seiber 2, Armes 2.