ANDERSON — The Seneca Indians came away with a sweep Friday night of their Big 8 Conference West rival McDonald County, spoiling the Mustangs' Homecoming twice.
In the boys contest, McDonald County had trouble slowing down Seneca's inside-outside duo of junior post Brennen Yust and junior point guard Preston Armstrong.
Yust, who burned Diamond for 31 points the previous Friday night, led the Indians with 23 points against McDonald County with a dozen points in the first quarter. Yust helped Seneca to a 18-12 lead after one quarter and thanks to his quick start, Seneca never trailed Friday night.
Armstrong hit for 21 points in a variety of ways, on shots around the basket or free throws or perimeter shots. In one highlight stretch, Armstrong knocked down a 3-point shot and then he grabbed a loose ball and hit a streaking Gavin Clouse for a transition layup off a turnover with a snap pass between his legs.
Isaiah Grotjohn added nine points, most of them he scored in the first half.
Cooper Reece led McDonald County with a game-high 26 points, but he was the only Mustang player in double figures. Reece scored 27 points at home Tuesday against Big 8 West foe Monett.
Dylan Allison added eight points for the Mustangs.
Seneca improved to 9-5 overall and 2-0 Big 8 West on the season and the Indians have won four straight contests to start the new calendar year. The Indians are back in action Tuesday on the road against Big 8 West rival Nevada; Nevada improved to 8-5 overall and 2-0 Big 8 West with a 65-39 win Friday night against East Newton.
McDonald County dropped to 4-10 overall and 0-2 Big 8 West. The Mustangs return to action on Friday with a Big 8 home battle against Lamar. Lamar handed McDonald County a 76-58 defeat in the Neosho Holiday Classic.
In the girls contest, Seneca prevailed 44-31 over McDonald County, propelled by a 13-0 stretch in the third and fourth quarters that saw the Lady Indians take a 37-24 lead.
Foul trouble played a key role in the contest, as both starting point guards Taylor Mailes (Seneca) and Ragan Wilson (McDonald County) left in the third quarter after earning their fourth personal foul.
Mailes spent even longer on the bench than Wilson, as she drew her fourth personal very, very early in the third quarter. The first half had been a literal foul fest.
McDonald County erased a four-point halftime deficit for a 22-21 lead on five straight points by Kristin Penn.
Chaney Platner hit a 3-point shot to give Seneca a 24-22 lead and Penn then quickly tied it up, but that would be the last offense for the Lady Mustangs for quite some time.
Platner started the 13-0 run with a trifecta and then came six consecutive points from Haley Miller and four from Jo Beard as the Lady Indians took advantage of their paint superiority, namely Miller and Beard.
Beard scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Lady Indians, while Miller added 13 points and Platner six.
Penn led McDonald County with 11 points.
Seneca improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 Big 8 West, surpassing last season's win total in the process, and the Lady Indians return to action Tuesday on the road against Big 8 West foe Nevada. Nevada defeated Seneca earlier this season for the Carl Junction tournament title.
McDonald County dropped to 3-9 overall and the Lady Mustangs are back in action Monday at home against Monett.