SENECA — A second-half rally fell short as Miami dropped a 56-54 decision to Seneca Thursday, Dec. 7, in the first round of the Seneca Tournament.

The Wardogs trailed 33-25 at the half and 44-40 heading into the final frame.

Miami held a 14-12 edge in the fourth quarter.

The hosts broke out to a 15-9 lead in the first quarter then used an 18-16 edge in the second period to open up their eight-point halftime advantage.

Eli Lewis scored 16 points to head up the Dogs’ offense.

Conner Womack and Kaleb Jinks had eight each and Kai Hamilton tallied seven.

Others scoring for Miami were Drew Williams, six; Brant Morris, five, and Eli Chenoweth, four.

Brett Reeves scored 16 and Gavin Dunham added 14 for the Indians.

MHS shot 51 percent from the field. It was 23 of 45, including a 20 of 34 (9 percent) showing from 2-point range.

Seneca also was hot from the field, going 13 of 19 on 2s and 18 of 33 total.

The Wardogs (0-3) face Monett, Missouri, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, and Diamond, Missouri, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.