NEVADA — The Seneca Indians and Lady Indians traveled Tuesday to Nevada’s Wynn Gymnasium for an old-fashioned varsity doubleheader and returned winless at Wynn, the boys falling 68-29 in the never in doubt nightcap and the girls falling 39-33 in the varsity opener.
Both the Nevada and Seneca boys had not played since December, the Indians improving to 6-1 on the season with a 75-74 double overtime win over Newton County rival Neosho in the last game of 2017.
It was Nevada who remained the one-loss team, however, on Tuesday (both Nevada and Seneca lost their first game of the season to Joplin in the Carthage Tournament), as the Tigers growled to a 13-3 lead after one quarter and 33-13 at halftime.
Carter Swearingen, Clay Gayman, and Braeden Hinton scored 16, 15, and 13 points, respectively, for the 9-1 victors.
Gavin Dunnam paced Seneca with 10 points, who dropped to 6-2. The Indians returned to action Thursday at home against Miami (Oklahoma) in another traditional girls and boys doubleheader. Seneca also hosts Newton County rival Diamond tonight; the Indians dispatched Diamond by 24 points earlier this season, outscoring the Wildcats 25-3 over the final 11 minutes of the first half.
The Nevada girls, who pushed Neosho to the limit in the semifinals of the Carl Junction Classic, had to hold on tightly for the win after taking a 11-2 lead early on against the Lady Indians.
Hailee Lundine knocked down a clutch 3-point shot after Seneca made it a 34-29 game in the fourth.
The Lady Tigers featured balanced scoring — textbook balanced scoring, with eight different players scoring between three and nine points. Cali Beshore led the eight with nine points and four players each scored six.
Taylor Mailes and Sarah Hoover led Seneca with 10 points each, and both were the game’s only double-digit scorers.
The Lady Indians dropped to 3-7 entering their game Thursday against Miami.