Seward girls eliminated at state

Only about three hours after the Seward boys were eliminated from the Class 3A state basketball tournament, the Seward girls also dropped out with a 48-32 loss to Houston on Friday at the Sullivan Arena.

 

“Well somebody’s got to go out,” said Seward coach Mark Clemens. “You know, we did pretty good today, there’s a few things we didn’t fine-tune. We went 1-1 with Houston this season, so we were pretty closely matched.

“We out-rebounded them, but we out-turnovered them, so that wasn’t the best part of it.”

Seward out-rebounded Houston 33-22, but turned the ball over 23 times compared to 12 for the Hawks.

Seward’s Jasmine Perea notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, and Ashley VonBorstel led with 12 points and six rebounds.

The biggest problem Seward had to deal with was Houston senior NeNe Hale, who ran the court all game long with 25 points on 9-for-16 shooting.

“We should’ve kept her at 12 (points),” Clemens said. “If we keep her at 12, we win the game. That’s pretty much the game plan, but she had an ‘on’ day. She’s a really tough player, good ballhandling, shoots well, so she got us today.”

Hale, who just recently signed a letter of intent to play college ball at Central Methodist University in Missouri, had nine of Houston’s 16 points in the third quarter.

“You try to keep the ball away from her. Simple as that,” Clemens said. “Keep it away, and try to work that zone and not let her drive in. She’s really slippery and good at driving. If you can get the others to box out you can make it happen, and make the other players beat you, and not just one.”

The Seahawks managed to keep pace with Houston early on, and held an 11-8 lead late in the first quarter, but a floater from Savannah Wells with 35 seconds to play in the first period gave Houston the lead and the Hawks never looked back.

Trailing 22-17 at halftime, Perea’s post shots helped Seward to close to within five points late in the third quarter, and a triple from Tessa Adelmann set the gap at six with 1:45 to go, but it seemed that was the last push from the Seahawks. Houston closed up with 50 percent shooting in the second half.

Clemens kept a positive spin on things, saying that the team was glad to play at state a third year in a row.

“It’s a great experience, love it here,” he said. “It makes the season a little longer, which is always good.”

Friday girls

Hawks 48, Seahawks 32

Houston 13 9 16 10 —48

Seward 12 5 9 6 —32

HOUSTON (48) — Hale 9 5-8 25, Wells 4 1-2 9, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Lee 0 1-3 1, Malidore 0 0-0 0, Nida 0 1-2 1, Apangalook 0 0-0 0, Baybado 2 1-3 5, Barber 0 0-0 0, Quincy 1 2-3 4, Wilkerson 0 0-0 0, Irvin 1 0-0 3. Totals 17 11-21 48.

SEWARD (32) — VonBorstel 5 1-2 12, Perea 3 4-6 10, Adelmann 3 0-0 8, Honebein 0 0-0 0, Stallings 0 0-0 0, Brockman 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Whiteshield 0 0-0 0, Jackson 1 0-0 2, Kromrey 0 0-0 0, Robinson 0 0-0 0, Clemens 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 5-8 32.

3-point goals — Houston 3 (Hale 2, Irvin 1); Seward 3 (Adelmann 2, VonBorstel 1).

Team fouls — Houston 11; Seward 20. Fouled out — Jackson.

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