The Seneca Lady Indians defeated the Purdy Lady Eagles Friday morning by a score of 50-41, on the third day of pool play in the Neosho Holiday Classic at the Neosho Middle School.
The Lady Eagles led 12-9 after the first quarter behind six points apiece from Mattie White and Katie Hughes. During the first player rotation of the game, however, Seneca coach Bob Coffey cycled in freshman Elena Wood, who quickly found the net twice for five points. By the end of the quarter Seneca had eroded the deficit to three points.
The momentum carried the Lady Indians into halftime as they outscored the Lady Eagles 18-2 in the second period to stake a 27-14 lead at halftime.
The Lady Indians controlled all areas of the floor in the second quarter as Molli Cooper picked up two three-pointers and Courtney Cook and Mirana Heath both scored four points in the paint.
"We had a great second quarter that carried us to a win,” Coffey said. “Our depth really helped us with this one."
Purdy shifted to a more aggressive defense in the second half and slowed down the Lady Indians. The change came at a cost, however, as Courtney White got into foul trouble and had to sit out the rest of the quarter. The teams traded blows in the third quarter, as the Lady Indians managed to grow their lead to 42-27 to start the fourth quarter.
Lady Eagles coach Eli Ernst threw everything in the pot for the fourth quarter, and Purdy began to cut into the Seneca lead. The Lady Eagles’ were powered in the fourth with five points from Desirie Ennes and four from White. Though they closed the gap some, the Lady Eagles began to run out of steam as two starters, Mattie and Courtney White fouled out.
Mattie White led the Lady Eagles with 13 points while Ennes pitched in 11, Hughes eight, Billie House seven, and Courtney White two.
Cooper paced the Lady Indians with 11 points while Bailey Skelton finished with nine, Heath eight, Annie Howard five, Cook seven, Rachel Butterfield four and Wood six.