In a close game that went down to the wire, the Seneca girls were able to squeeze by Neosho on Tuesday, 39-34, in a varsity basketball game at Neosho High School.
The Lady Indians took a 5-0 lead out of the gate to open the game, but the Lady Wildcats set the tone for what the rest of the game would look like as they fired back with a 7-0 run to grab the lead. Seneca, however, closed on its own 7-0 spurt and led 12-7 at the end of one quarter.
While Neosho attempted to push the ball, and had some success throughout the game doing so, the Lady Indians were ultimately able to slow them enough in their 2-3-defense to remain in front the remainder of the way.
“We played hard,” Lady Wildcats coach Lance Robbins said. “I’m always pleased with our effort. (Seneca’s) 2-3-zone slowed us down a lot and we did not attack it very well. We settled for a lot of jumpers. To (the Indians’) credit they did a good job of slowing down the pace and trying to make it into a half court game. We just struggled to shoot.”
Mirana Heath led Seneca with 13 points while Molli Cooper chipped in 10, Courtney Cook eight, Annie Howard four, and Bailey Skelton and Elena Wood two.
Matty Liedtke led the Lady Wildcats with 10 points while Corea Lowery had eight, Chelsey Henry and Morgan Rogers six, Morgan Rathmann three and Brooke Stauffer one.