SENECA — The Seneca Indians earned their second loss to start the 2018 portion of their 2017-18 season, taking a 52-43 loss to the Miami Wardogs on Thursday night, a team the Indians defeated 58-56 in December on the very same court.

Coaches often talk about winning quarters, and Seneca’s Will King and Miami’s Rusty Mercer had their respective teams each win two quarters Thursday night.

Seneca’s winning the first and fourth quarters added up to 27-17, while Miami’s winning the second and third quarters amounted to 35-16, of course a net advantage of nine points.

The Wardogs outscored Seneca 20-7 in the second quarter alone, which turned a 12-7 deficit into a 27-19 halftime lead for the guests from Oklahoma.

Kai Hamilton scored a game-high 17 points for the Wardogs, while the duo of Eli Chenoweth and Eli Lewis each scored eight points, representing Miami’s Eli contingent.

Gavin Dunnam led Seneca with 12 points and Preston Armstrong put in 10 for the 6-2 Indians.

Seneca returned to action Friday night at home against Diamond, a game reported on elsewhere in the pages of the Daily News.

Meanwhile, in the girls contest, Seneca led by 13 points at halftime en route to a 51-28 win over the winless Lady Wardogs (0-8).

The Lady Indians improved to 4-7 overall behind double-digit nights from Taylor Mailes, Jo Beard, and Chelsea Beville, a nice balanced attack with 11 points for Mailes and 10 each for Beard and Beville.

Ramsey Allemand scored a game-high 12 points for the Lady Wardogs.

Seneca’s girls return to action Tuesday night before opening Big 8 Conference play next Thursday on the road against McDonald County.