ANDERSON -- Seneca sophomore Hazley Grotjohn scored half of her team's 10 points in the opening quarter while leading the Lady Indians to a 48-39 win over McDonald County on Friday, Jan. 13, at Mustang Arena.
"The deficit shouldn't have been what it was," said McDonald County coach Sean Crane. "We played them earlier this year and beat them by 13. Honestly, it was the little things. We just didn't play as well offensively and that really hurt us, and then the big thing was that our defense was nowhere near as aggressive as we need it to be."
Grotjohn, who hit both a 3- and 2-pointer in the first quarter, finished the game leading all scorers with 20 points, six more than she scored the first time these two teams played this season.
"Katelynn Townsend is out with a foot injury and she held (Grotjohn) to 14 points last time," said Crane. "That would have really changed the game, but it's sports and those things happen."
Seneca outscored McDonald County, 16-11, in the second quarter to gain a 26-18 advantage heading into the halftime break. The Lady Mustangs came out of the intermission to post a 12-9 third quarter but got turned back in the fourth when the Lady Indians put up 13 points to their nine.
"We still had opportunities," Crane said. "We cut it to three late, but we just never could quite get over the hump. We were playing some different people than we did the last time we played them and we just didn't play as well as a team."
Carlie Martin led the Lady Mustangs in scoring with 13 points, with Megan Elwood tossing in 7 and Analisa Ramirez six. Roslynn Huston scored four points and Carlee Cooper three, while Anna Clarkson, Corina Holland and Jamie Washam hit for two points each.
"There's going to be nights like this, where things don't go your way," said Crane. "You still want to win on those nights, to find a way to win even when you're not at your best, but it just did not happen tonight."
MCDONALD COUNTY 39
SENECA (7-7, 1-0): Grotjohn 20, Staley 12, McKnight 6, Long 6, Campbell 4.
MCDONALD COUNTY (5-9, 2-1): Martin 13, Elwood 7, Ana. Ramirez 6, Huston 4, Cooper 3, Clarkson 2, Holland 2, Washam 2.
MCDONALD COUNTY 44,
EAST NEWTON 43
The McDonald County Lady Mustangs withstood a desperate fourth-quarter rally by the East Newton Lady Patriots to hang on for a 44-43 Big 8 West victory on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Granby.
McDonald County led 33-26 heading into the fourth quarter, only to see East Newton battle back on the strength of a nine-point effort from Brooklyn Blanchard, who hit one 3-pointer in the contest on her way to a game-high 17 points.
But McDonald County's duo of Megan Elwood and Carlee Cooper, who finished with 15 points apiece, combined to score nine points each in the fourth to keep the Lady Patriots at bay.
Cooper hit a 3 and two free throws in the stanza, while Elwood managed a 2 and two charity shots down the stretch as the Lady Mustangs won the fourth to secure the one-point victory.
Carlie Martin chalked up seven points for McDonald County, while Roslynn Huston scored six and Jacie Frencken one.
MCDONALD COUNTY 29
The Lady Mustangs fell to 5-10 overall with a 46-27 loss at Carthage on Tuesday night.
The Lady Mustangs trailed 33-13 at halftime.
Carlie Martin led McDonald County with 12 points, while Carlee Cooper had five, Megan Elwood four, Jamie Washam three, Analisa Ramirez two and Jacie Frencken one.
McDonald County will play a makeup game at Adrian on Thursday, Jan. 19. That game was originally scheduled for last month. The Lady Mustangs are also scheduled to play at Cassville on Tuesday, Jan. 24, for a ninth-grade/jayvee/varsity tripleheader beginning at 5 p.m.