It was a tale of two halves for the Seneca Lady Indians on Monday. Problem was, the first half was too kind to the Aurora Lady ‘Houns as they held off a late surge from Seneca to win the Big 8 Conference showdown 59-51.
The deal breakers for the Lady Indians, as it tends to be in many losses, came down to turnovers and foul trouble. Seneca turned the ball over 16 times in the first half while committing 11 fouls. In all, they sent the Lady ‘Houns to the free throw line 31 times in the game, with only two of those 31 attempts coming one one-and-one attempts.
Aurora went 22-of-31 from the line, scoring 16 more points than Seneca from the free throw line alone.
“We fouled them way too much,” Lady Indians coach Bob Coffey said. “We had poor execution of our transition in the first half, we turned it over too much and we fouled too much. That pretty much tells the story in a nutshell.”
After having surgery for a broken nose on Friday, Seneca’s Molli Cooper was back on the floor Tuesday, albeit wearing a protective mask, which seemed to slow her in the early going. Cooper scored just two points in the first half but, like many of her teammates, came alive in the second.
After scoring just 12 points in the first half and trailing 27-12 at halftime, the Lady Indians exploded for 23 points in the third quarter and 16 more in the fourth. Seneca didn’t really do anything different, according to Coffey, but their play was much better in the half.
“In the second half we executed better,” Coffey said. “But when you’re playing from behind it makes it a little more difficult in the end (to come back).
“(Cooper) struggled with that mask for a long time. But you’ve got to give her credit for gutting it out. You could really tell how much (the mask) was bothering her in the first half. Then in the second half you could see how much she was getting used to it, and I think the other girls fed off that.”
Cooper went on to nail three 3-pointers in the third quarter and finished with 11 points in the game. Several other Lady Indians also had big games after halftime. Bailey Skelton scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the second half while Mirana Heath scored all 10 of her points after the break.
Annie Howard finished with eight points while Courtney Cook had three, Rachel Butterfield to and Elena Wood two.
Rachel Parker had a big game for the Lady ‘Houns with 25 points while Jordan Hall finished with 12, Shania Siegrist 10, Baylee Hilton five, Kendra Eden four and Lakin Waggoner three.
Page 2 of 2 - Aurora also won the junior varsity game, 47-27, with Wood leading Seneca with 13 points.
Seneca (6-10, 0-3 conference) entertains Pierce City at 6 p.m. tonight.