Oneida earned its 20th win of the 2012-2013 season with a 65-45 win over Class AA Cumberland Gap at OHS Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
Micah Stephens scored 15 points and Oneida’s bench played a big role as the Lady Indians won their 10th consecutive game against a determined Panther team.
Oneida (20-5) fell behind 8-1 early as Cumberland Gap (3-18) held the Lady Indians without a field goal for the first five minutes of the game. But Oneida closed the first quarter on a 9-2 run and never trailed again, leading by double digits for much of the second half.
The Lady Indians’ bench scored 26 points. Baylee Newport led the way with 11 points and six assists. Victoria Williams had eight points and nine rebounds.
Oneida shot well for the second consecutive night, besting a 45 percent shooting performance against Coalfield on Monday by hitting 47 percent of its shots from the field against Cumberland Gap. The Lady Indians hit six of eight 3-point shot attempts, including 2-of-2 each by Lecretia Robbins and Shaylyn Lay.
Cumberland Gap also shot well, hitting 40 percent of its shots. But the Panthers managed to get to the line just four times and turned the ball over 18 times against a Lady Indian team that committed just nine turnovers of their own.
Oneida will enter its regular season finale against Oliver Springs Friday (7:30 p.m., OHS Gymnasium) having not lost since a 48-40 setback at Coalfield on Jan. 8. The Lady Indians can earn a shot at the No. 1 seed heading into next week’s District 4-A tournament with a win over the Bobcats in Friday’s game, which will also be senior night at OHS Gymnasium.
The No. 1 seed will have a bye in the first round of the district tournament and will play the winner of the No. 4 and No. 5 teams on Feb. 15 at Wartburg Central High School. The No. 2 seed will host the No. 7 seed — Jellico — on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Tipoff for that game will be 7 p.m.
SCORING: Oneida — M. Stephens 15, Newport 11, Williams 8, Lay 8, Robbins 8, Thomas 5, Morgan 3, Caldwell 3, Thompson 2, Carson 2. Cumberland Gap — Elliot 122, Bingham 9, Ridgeley 8, Brooks 5, Caldwell 3, M. Beeler 2, C. Beeler 2, Lake 2, Kimbrough 1, Carmical 1.