|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
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
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
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
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
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
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