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Pierce City earns a split with Seneca Indians

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Going up strong. Pierce City's Cody Fitchpatrick scored a season high 15 points against Seneca during Tuesday night's basketball contest. The Eagles will be in action on Friday at Purdy. [Photo by Traci Osborn]
The Pierce City girls and boys basketball teams split games with Seneca on Tuesday night.

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.

Pulling down the board. Jenn Velten jumps to secure a rebound for Pierce City during Tuesday night's 61-45 victory over Seneca. The Lady Eagles used 19-1 and 17-0 runs to open the first and third period to secure the win. [Photo by Traci Osborn]
Pierce City dialed up the pressure to open the third quarter and frustrated the Lady Indians into four consecutive turnovers. The Lady Eagles churned the extra possessions into points as Pierce City roared out on a 17-0 run and led 57-31 at the end of the quarter.

"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.

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