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Cosby swept by Oneida on Saturday night

Published: 4:01 PM, 02/02/2014 Last updated: 4:25 PM, 02/02/2014

Author: Staff Report
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY—The Cosby Eagles suffered a narrow non-district loss on Saturday night when they hosted Oneida High School.

The Indians used a strong run in the second period allowed Oneida to come away with a 56-51 victory and sweeping the season series from the Eagles. Oneida won the earlier game in November by a 67-45 score.

Cosby (12-9) jumped out to an early 18-11 lead in the opening quarter, but saw the Indians come on strong in the second. Oneida (15-9) outscored Cosby 15-2 over the final 4:48 of the half to turn a 21-15 deficit into a 30-23 lead.

The Indians led by as many as 10 in the second half, before Cosby mounted a rally down the stretch to cut the lead to one possession in the final 90 seconds. Trailing by seven with 3:26 to play, Jordan Self drained a three-pointer that cut the gap to four. The Eagles then got a defensive stop and Kyal Clevenger made one of two free-throws which brought Cosby to within 49-46 with 1:25 to play.

After Bryant Harper hit two free-throws for the Indians, Keenan Phillips answered with a field goal with 30 seconds left that made the score 51-48.

However the Indians hit another pair of foul shots, then got a steal on the Eagles' next possession to seal the win.

Self led the Eagles with 15 points and Clevenger tossed in 13. Cole West led Oneida with 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting, all of which came within three-point range.

Lady Eagles offense goes dry in second half

In the Saturday night opener, the Lady Eagles of Cosby dropped a 44-38 decision to Oneida, as the Lady Indians swept the season series. Oneida won the first meeting between the two teams, a 66-62 win on November 22.

Cosby held an eight-point edge in the game early in the second half, however the Lady Indians (19-5) would rally from that deficit and made plays down the stretch to pull away from Cosby. The Lady Eagles were held to just five field goals in the game's final 16 minutes.

The Lady Eagles (12-7) controlled much of the first half as they were able to open up a 22-17 lead at halftime. Cosby junior Bethanie Williams drained a three-pointer on the first possession of the second half to open up the eight-point edge, but the Lady Indians scored the next nine points of the game in a 3:30 span to retake the lead. The lead change was one of 11 in the game, including four in the third quarter.

Dessie Shaffer, the Lady Eagles' leading scorer on Saturday, broke the momentum with a three-pointer with 3:52 left in the third, but the Lady Indians held Cosby scoreless over the duration of the quarter and they added two field goals in the final 2:31 to take a 30-28 lead into the fourth.

Williams gave the Lady Eagles another lead on their first possession of the fourth quarter and the two teams swapped leads on their next three possessions before Oneida took the lead for good with 6:09 left on a three-pointer by Destini Carson. The long-range shot put the Lady Indians up 35-33.

Carson's shot was part of a 9-0 run, which was not answered until Shaffer's basket with 4:07 left stopped the bleeding. That would however be the final field goal of the night for the Lady Eagles, as they were limited to three free-throws down the stretch as the Lady Indians continued to pull away.

Shaffer led Cosby with 15 points, while Williams scored 10. Micah Stephens led Oneida with 15.

Cosby hosts Pigeon Forge in a non-district game on Monday night.

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