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Lady Jackets competitive in Oneida loss

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By Taylor Crombie

The Coalfield Lady Jackets ended up falling to Oneida Saturday night, but showed plenty of grit against one of the toughest teams in District 3-A.

A strong start was all the Lady Indians needed to defeat Coalfield 67-53. Oneida led 22-12 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Jackets refused to hand the Lady Indians the game.

The Lady Indians had extended their lead to 29-14 when Malachi Armes scored on a big steal to give Coalfield a spark on offense. Armes’ bucket kicked off a 12-5 run for the Lady Jackets that cut Oneida’s lead down to seven. Jaden Thomas drained a three before the end of the period to bring the score to 37-26 Oneida at the end of the first half.

Micah Moore led the Lady Jackets in the third period with a trios of 3-pointers to help them outscore Oneida 16-14. Carlee Kees contributed four points in the frame as well. The Lady Indians were still comfortably in the driver’s seat at the end of the period with a 51-42.

While the Lady Jackets looked competitive against Oneida in the second and third quarter, the final frame was a bit of a different story. After Armes opened the period with a pair of free throws, the Lady Jackets only made four out of their next eight while the Lady Indians added seven points on to their lead. The Lady Indians outscored the Lady Jackets 16-11 in the fourth quarter to close out the game with a 67-53 victory.

Moore led the Lady Jackets in defeat with 19 with five threes. Armes and Brooklyn Seiber also added eight points each.

Oneida (67) Thomas 18, Buttram 2, Boyatt 9, Newport 5, Lowe 1, Martin 2, West 7, Stiltner 2, Lamb 6, Bertram 15.

Coalfield (53) Henry 2, Armes 8, Lowe 2, Hooper 4, Seiber 8, Tinker 4, Moore 19, Maston 2, Kees 4.