If you knew a team had lost seven seniors, including five who were in the primary rotation on gamedays, from a squad that failed to advance to the regionals, yet was expected to contend for a district championship despite those losses, you might scoff.
But those around District 3-A who are scoffing at the prospect of Oneida — which hasn’t had a winning season in five years and last advanced past the first round of the district tournament in 2014 — might not be scoffing long.
The Indians finished 14-15 last year, losing to Coalfield by 22 points in the district quarterfinals.
But that snapshot doesn’t tell the complete story of the 2017-2018 season. The Indians finished 10-6 in district games, their best record in league play since the 2013-2014 season, when they finished 9-3. Several of those six losses could just as easily have been wins, such as a 1-point loss to Wartburg, a 3-point loss to Coalfield and a 5-point loss to Oakdale.To continue reading, please subscribe to the Independent Herald. If you are already a subscriber and you're seeing this message, please login. If you do not have login credentials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org the name and address to which your newspaper is mailed to receive login credentials.
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