SENECA, Mo. — After playing one of their better first quarters of the season, Miami’s girls went flat.
As a result, they wound up suffering a 56-35 loss to Seneca, Mo., here Saturday evening.
The Lady Wardogs trailed just 14-13 at the end of the period, scoring the final five points in a 20-second span late.
But Seneca held an 18-11 edge in the second frame then broke the game open in the second half.
“I think we played with zero effort after the first quarter,” Miami coach Brian Busby said. “That’s not everybody, but it’s a team sport. It takes five girls doing their job on the floor at the same time.”
The loss was the sixth straight for the Lady Wardogs, who were playing on back-to-back nights for the first time in what could be a three- or four-week stretch due to pending makeup games with Grove and Jay.
They already know they will be playing at least on Thursday and Friday in the NEO tournament.
“I was very proud of them last night (following their 49-37 loss at Locust Grove),” Busby said. “They fought hard and they never laid down. I didn’t see that today.”
Seneca held a 10-7 edge in the third quarter then outscored MHS 14-4 over the final eight minutes.
Haiden Rowland scored eight points for the Lady Wardogs, who also picked up six each from Bekah Stewart and Courtnei Young.
Jacci Yust, a 5-8 senior, had 17 points for Seneca. Tawni Mailes and Jordanne Wright added 11 and 10, respectively.
Miami 13 11 7 4 — 35
Seneca, Mo. 14 18 10 14 — 56
Miami — Rowland 8, Stewart 6, Young 6, Carder 4, Waltz 4, Martin 3, Corntassel 2, Hicks 1, Mullin 1.
Seneca — Yust 17, Mailes 11, Wright 10, Esposito 7, McDaniel 5, VanWagner 2, Butler 2, Foley 2.
3-point goals — Miami, Martin 1; Seneca, Yust 1, Wright 2, Mailes 1.