The Lady Eagles used two big scoring runs at the beginning of each half to put away the Lady Indians 61-45 in the first game of the night.
The Pierce City ladies jumped out to 10-0 lead before Seneca scored a point. Pierce City pressed its advantage to 19-1 with a minute remaining in the opening frame. The Lady Eagles led 21-5 to open play in the second quarter as the Lady Indians showed grit, pounding the ball into the paint to cut the advantage to 9 points at 31-22 with two minutes to play in the first half. A 5-0 run at the end of the first half sent the Lady Eagles into the locker room with a 36-22 advantage.
"The girls are playing really well right now," said Pierce City coach Tiffany Dirks. "We showed some signs of an 11-day layoff to start the game, but the girls responded and played tough and got a solid win."
Molli Cooper led Seneca in scoring with 10 points. Mirana Heath and Bailey Skelton added 9 points apiece for the Lady Indians.
Scoring for Pierce City were: Krishna Merimann, 26; Kaelyn Osborn, 16; Christine Younker, 10; Megan Golubski, 7; and Bailee Hayward, 2.
Pierce City boys
The Eagles fell 71-45 to a bigger and more physical Seneca squad.
"We have got to become tougher down low," said Pierce City coach Matt Street. "Our youth really was exposed tonight. Seneca posed match-up problem that we really didn't have any answers for. Learn and move on. That is what we have to do."
Seneca shot out to a 17-6 lead after one quarter of play and cruised into halftime with a 37-20 advantage.
Scoring for the Eagles were: Cody Fitchpatrick, 15; Zack Hyde, 13; Kole Kelley, 7; Colin Garner and Ian Brottlund, 3 each; and Colton Drollinger, 1.
The Lady Eagles host Lockwood on Monday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Eagles travel to Purdy on Friday. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.