Bobcats slam Indian Land, look for more
By Eric Sprott
SENECA — With three players scoring in double figures, the Seneca High School girls’ basketball team rolled to a 59-21 victory over Indian Land to open postseason play on Monday night.
But for as good as that all sounds, the night didn’t come without its share of disappointments for the Bobcats, who weren’t able to walk away wholly satisfied despite the lopsided final score on their home floor.
Seneca (21-4) jumped out to a 9-0 lead with baskets from four different players in the first two minutes of action, but then went scoreless on eight straight possessions as the offense ground to a halt.
That, Seneca head coach Ashlen Dewart said, was a source of frustration, and certainly not the kind of showing a team with dreams of winning a state title wants to see.
“We just can’t have a first half like that,” she said. “We weren’t playing bad, and I think we were playing hard, but we weren’t playing as smart as we should.”
In the end, things obviously worked out for the Bobcats, who outscored Indian Land (3-21) in the third quarter 17-1, with Kaliah Kendrick, Anne-Hamilton LeRoy and Meshayla Maddox all hitting three-pointers along the way to give the Bobcats a 47-11 heading to the final period.
Kendrick may have gotten the Bobcats jumpstarted on the way to the big third quarter, as she hit a buzzer-beating three from the corner on an assist from LeRoy just before halftime on the way to a 15-point night.
However, the three-pointer wasn’t enough to keep Seneca from an extra-long conversation at the break, as Kendrick said the uneven opening half was discussed at length.
“(Dewart) said it was a little bit of a rollercoaster,” Kendrick said. “She told us what we had to do, and once we did it, it made a big difference compared to the first half.”
The Bobcats’ lead grew as large as 43 points at 54-11 early in the fourth quarter when Kendrick came up with a steal and scored on a fastbreak, signaling the end of the night for Seneca’s starters.
LeRoy finished with a game-high 17 points, while Maddox added 12 in the blowout win. Kristen Falk, who scored 10 points, was the only Indian Land player to register more than two points in the loss.
Next up, Seneca will host Chapman in second-round action Thursday at 6:30 p.m., as the Panthers come in off a 52-50 win over Union County on Monday night.
And the Bobcats are keenly aware they can’t suffer another up-and-down performance if they look to keep advancing toward their ultimate goal.
“We need to come out and be focused and prepared for what’s coming at us,” Maddox said of the Chapman matchup.
“The second half was much better tonight, and hopefully we got that out of our system,” Dewart added.
In other Class 3A girls’ action Monday night, West-Oak’s season came to an end with a 69-26 loss at Keenan in first-round action. No further details were available.
Seneca 59, Indian Land 21
IL 3 7 1 10 — 21
SHS 15 15 17 12 — 59
Indian Land (21) — Falk 10, Floyd 2, Lieser 2, Sentner 2, Strother 2, D. Wilson 2, G. Wilson 1
Seneca (59) — LeRoy 17, Kendrick 15, Maddox 12, Crowe 6, Brown 4, Baird 3, Hoover 2
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