HARRIMAN — Midway may have played its best game of the season in Wednesday’s Region 2-A championship here. Oneida may have played its worst.
The result was a game that was never competitive, and ended surprisingly lopsided. The Green Wave defeated the Lady Indians, 67-40, to win the region title and earn a home sub-state game.
Midway, which had lost to Oneida twice in the regular season but had defeated the Lady Indians in the District 4-A championship game one week earlier, jumped to a 10-0 lead and never looked back, eventually leading 43-17 at halftime.
While the Lady Indians had beaten Midway twice, the Green Wave have been on a roll of late. In fact, Oneida was one of just two teams — the other being Clarkrange — that had beaten Midway since Christmas.
Region MVP Caitlyn Ross scored a game-high 17 points, and three of Midway’s five starters finished in double figures. Oneida did not have a player in double figures; the Lady Indians were led by Gracie Martin, who scored eight points off the bench.
Things got off to a bad start in more ways than one. While Midway was racing to a 10-0 lead, Oneida’s Kaitlyn Stiltner, who had been almost unstoppable against the Green Wave in the three previous meetings, was whistled for two early fouls and had to sit for most of the first half.
From there, things turned sour on the offensive end and the defensive end alike, as Midway jumped to a 24-9 lead before the first quarter had ended.
The game was never closer than six, and Midway led by as much as 29 points at one point.
Midway shot 61 percent on the night, while Oneida shot 33 percent. The Lady Indians did not hit a 3-point shot, going 0 of 13 from the perimeter, while Midway shot 44 percent from long-range. Surprisingly, out-sized Midway also dominated the glass, with a 27-19 rebounding advantage.
ONEIDA (40): Martin 8, Stiltner 7, Lamb 6, Boyatt 5, West 4, Thomas 4, Manis 2, Bell 2.
MIDWAY (67): Ross 17, Cawood 13, Lemaster 11, Bacon 9, Prinzi 9, Taylor 8.