VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — The Seeger Lady Patriots have won 18 Bi-County Holiday Tournament titles, but a year ago, they lost in first round.
Seniors Cara Fowler and Miranda Synesael were not about to let that happen again this season for Seeger.
That duo combined for 11 steals in leading the Lady Patriots past the Fountain Central Mustangs 57-33 in an opening-round game at Fountain Central High School.
“This is my last chance and it feels good to be back in the title game,’’ said Fowler, as the Patriots had won back-to-back titles before last season’s 49-48 overtime loss to Attica in the first round.
Seeger (12-3) will not only get an opportunity to win a 19th title, but the Lady Patriots can get a little revenge as they will play the Red Ramblers in the championship contest.
Defense was the key to getting Seeger back into the title contest as Fountain Central didn’t score its first points until there was 5 minutes left in the first half. The Patriots had already built a 21-0 lead when Macee Williams got the first basket for the Mustangs (2-7).
“We talked to the girls about getting off to a good start,’’ said Seeger coach Brent Rademacher. “Our defense was good, forcing turnovers, and our offense executed well to get us going. We did a lot of good things.’’
The fast start for the Patriots was fueled by 12 consecutive turnovers to start the game by the Mustangs.
“That’s a defense that we just started playing,’’ Rademacher said. “Our kids have really caught on to it. When you have a new team like we do this year, you don’t know what their strengths are right away and it has taken us a little while to figure things out.’’
Seeger turned them in 17 points before Fountain Central even attempted its first shot of the contest. Fowler and Synesael combined for six steals during that run and Synesael scored 11 of her game-high 18 points during that stretch.