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Lady Highlanders held off by Oneida in Class A sectional

Johnson City Press • Mar 7, 2020 at 11:09 PM

ONEIDA—Cloudland wasn’t deterred by a slow start.

In the end, however, a state basketball tournament berth fell barely out of reach for the Lady Highlanders — who dropped a Class A sectional clash 43-41 to Oneida on Saturday night.

The Lady Highlanders, who finished a banner year at 25-7, had a tough time offensively in the first quarter, producing just four points to Oneida’s 12. Cloudland picked up the pace in the second quarter, but trailed 23-11 at the break.

The third quarter is where Coach Matt Birchfield’s team made its move, outscoring the Lady Indians 15-8.

Jasmine Birchfield poured in 17 points for the Lady Highlanders. Mandy Benfield contributed 10 and Gracie Freeman nine.

Earning back-to-back state berths, Oneida (29-5) was topped by Kelsey Pike with 12 points. Harley Boyatt scored nine.

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