Winning 23 games is nothing new for Marv West and the Lady Indians, in fact they just completed their fourth 23-win season in the last five years, but they also managed to win their first Region 2A Championship in 15 years.
Oneida faced off with Meigs County on Wednesday, March 1 in Harriman and managed to defeat the state's no.6 ranked team 61-56 to claim the Region 2A title.
Baylee Thomas set the tone early for Oneida with six points in the first quarter as her team took a 13-0 advantage. Thomas finished with 13 points on the night.
Sidney Dishman stepped up in the second quarter for the Lady Indians and poured in eight points to give her team a 29-11 lead at the half. Dishman led all scorers with 24 points for the game.
Meigs County outscored Oneida 20-15 in the third quarter to close the gap at 44-41, despite eight more points from Dishman.
Emily Brooks was aggressive for the Lady Indians and it paid off as she connected on 8 of 11 from the free throw line. Brooks finished with 10 points.
Meigs County managed to outscore Oneida in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but the Lady Indians held on for the victory and the Region Title.
Oneida was rewarded with a Sub-State game at home against Hampton on Saturday, March 4, but the Lady Indians came up one point short of earning a trip to the State Tournament as they fell 42-41.
Thomas led the Lady Indians with 16 points, while Brooks added eight points. Bertram and Harley Boyatt chipped in four points each, while Dishman, Jace Lowe and Millie Newport all finished with three points each.
Dishman, Thomas, Bertram and Brooks were selected to the All-Region Team. Dishman was named Region 2A Player of the Year.