The East Newton Lady Patriots advanced to the Class 3, District 12 Tournament semifinals after defeating Seneca 67-41 on Monday at Seneca High School. Diamond and Seneca, meanwhile, are done for the season.
The Lady Wildcats fell to Southwest, 67-34.
Simply put, the Lady Patriots just out-shot the Lady Indians. In fact it seemed they couldn’t miss, at times. They scored 22 points in the first quarter, and 16 more in the second to take a 38-15 halftime lead.
“East Newton shot the ball very, very well in the first half,” Seneca coach Bob Coffey said. “We just couldn’t match their scoring, and it wasn’t because we weren’t guarding them. We played man the whole night, and to their credit they just knocked down shots. They played very well, and we played very hard.”
Haley Heilig led the Lady Patriots with 14 points, while Emily Brummett added 10, Aubrey McDermott six, Shelbey Thomlinson eight, Ellie White five, Laura Hopper two, Whitney Thomlinson nine, Sarah Harper eight and Kourtney Brewster five.
Despite losing the game and closing the season 8-18 overall, Coffey said his team never quit.
“First and foremost, I was extremely proud of our effort,” Coffey said. “The girls played really hard. I was proud of their effort, especially being down after the first quarter. We played a lot of girls tonight, and we played full-press the whole game.”
Annie Howard led Seneca with nine points, while Mirana Heath added seven, Bailey Skelton six, Molli Cooper five, Courtney Cook six, Rachel Butterfield two and Elena Wood six.
Southwest opened the game on a 15-6 swing in the first quarter and never relented as they put away the Lady Wildcats.
Ranked No. 10 in all of Class 3, the Lady Trojans went on to have their best quarter in the second, when they scored 26 points and took a 41-20 lead into the intermission.
Diamond, plagued by turnovers, couldn’t recover.
“Turnovers was a big key to us all year,” Diamond coach Brian Brimacombe said. “We just turned the ball over too much. We need the basketball in our hands more.
“They turned a lot of those turnovers into points and then started knocking down shots all over the floor. I was actually very proud of our kids in the second half. We just didn’t have enough fire power tonight.”
Nicole Ickes led the Lady Trojans with 15 points, while Jaime Shrum added 11, Cady Swindle three, Montana Hendrix four, Michaela Mitchell 11, Shannon Mitchell 12 and Taylor Mettlach 11.
Cady Littlefield had 16 points for the Lady Wildcats, while Hanna Million tossed in 10, Shayla Jones six and Meghan Dresslaer two.
Page 2 of 2 - East Newton will advance to face defending state champs Mount Vernon, who downed Clever on Monday (59-24) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Southwest, meanwhile, will face Ash Grove, who downed Sarcoxie 53-21, at 6 p.m. Thursday.