SENECA - Well, the Seneca girls basketball team may have lost to DeSoto last Friday by the score of 37-32, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.
This year’s team features just four upper classmen, three seniors and a junior–the other eight players are freshmen. To make matters worse, two of those upperclassmen have been injured this year and unable to play at times.
The three upperclassmen available Friday night were seniors Makenna Greene and Savanna Wallin and junior Maxine Grover.
Maxine was returning to play from an ankle injury. Her older sister, Murielle Grover, remained unable to play because of an injury. So, Seneca head coach Kim Redman started the three upper classmen and two freshmen.
Late in the first half, Wallin picked up her third foul and had to go to bench. Then, there were three freshmen in the game.
Despite the inexperience, the Indians turned in a credible first half performance. Going into the locker room, Seneca trailed DeSoto by a score of 19-15.
Things didn’t start well for the Indians, who went down by nine or ten points in the first five minutes of the game, but the team finished strong.
In the second half, Seneca made a comeback and they were within two points with 2:30 left in the game trailing DeSoto 32-30.
Things didn’t work out from there. DeSoto went up 33-30 and then Camryn Venner hit four free throws to make it 37-32.
Seneca’s Makenna Greene, the team’s high scorer, appeared to hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, but the officials said it was too late and didn’t count it. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway since time had expired and the Indians were down by five points. That’s the way it ended.
Coach Kim Redman was disappointed when it was over, because she thought the team let some chances to win it get away.
However, she acknowledged the hesitancy of the freshman to take some open shots was understandable given their experience level.
Another factor contributing to the loss was the time Wallin had to spend on the bench at the end of the first half and then midway through the second half when she picked up her fourth foul. Ultimately, Wallin fouled out in the final minutes.
For the game, Makenna Greene led her team in scoring with 20 points Savanna Wallin scored seven points. Freshman Kendra Chambers scored four points and Ella Greene scored one point.
It was a tough loss, but no one needed to hang their head when it was over, because the Indians were in it to the end.
The Indians (boys and girls) will return to action Friday, Dec. 26 at Hillsboro. Girls are scheduled to play JV at 3 p.m. and varsity at 4:30 p.m. If there is no junior varsity game it may alter the varsity girls start time-check the school website for updates. The boys will play JV and Varsity following the girl games.The next game after Hillsboro is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 2, when the Indians will host Wonnewoc-Center.