ONEIDA — Coach Katie Nestler and her Oneida girls basketball team couldn’t say more about its defensive effort Friday night.

In a Tri Valley League Pioneer Division battle between a pair of state-ranked teams, Oneida’s feisty man-to-man defense — and a 22-point performance by Ella Rainbow — were the difference in a 57-37 win over TVL neighbor Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.

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Oneida swept the season series, first defeating VVS 56-51 on Dec. 22 when the Red Devils were 8-0 and ranked No. 5 in the Class B state poll.

"It all happened on the defensive end," Nestler said. "We rattled them a little bit, and we were able to get out and get some good shots. We say defense leads to our offense, and that was clear tonight."

"Katie does a great job with her kids," said VVS coach Randy Thomas, who is also the school’s athletic director. "They’re very well-rounded. They’re a long team that plays great defense. We struggled offensively tonight."

Rainbow, a sophomore guard, scored 13 points in the second half, showing finesse on nifty layups while making two 3-pointers and converting four of five free throws for an Oneida team that is ranked No. 10 in Class B, 5-0 in league play and 9-1 overall.

"We came in knowing which players to lock down … and that helped us get a run," Rainbow said.

Oneida senior Lauren Skibitski scored 13 points, raising her career total to 993. Freshman guard Kaylin Curro added 12 points. Sophomore point guard Sydney Lusher (six points) was solid managing the game.

Senior forward Alexa Kiser led the No. 22-ranked Red Devils (4-2, 11-3) with 14 points. Senior Lindsey Foster scored eight points in the loss.

Skibitski guarded Morgan Brewer (four points) and Curro guarded Kiser, using help from teammates to force VVS into tough shots. Anna Rossi (four points) is another one of Thomas’ "solid starters" that was limited on Friday.

"This is her first year and she’s doing very well," Skibitski said about Curro. "She’s a key part of our team."

Oneida led 11-9 after one and 17-15 midway through the second before using a 27-9 run that stretched into the third quarter to build a comfortable lead.

Oneida hasn’t lost since a 51-43 setback to Rome Free Academy in its season opener.

"It was a wake-up call," Nestler said. "To lose our first game … it kinda got us to work a little bit. These girls have committed to practices and become better teammates. We’re just playing some good basketball right now."

Both teams play again Tuesday. Oneida visits Marcellus at 6:30 p.m., and VVS travels to New Hartford at 7 p.m.

Contact reporter Marquel Slaughter at 315-792-4963 or follow him on Twitter @OD_Slaughter.