CAYUGA, Ind. – The girls’ basketball game between North Vermillion and Seeger was tied at 40-all with over five minutes left in the game. The visiting Patriots then scored eight points in a row before a late Falcon basket made the final score 48-40.
Shawnacee Bowman of North Vermillion made a lay-up with 5:21 that tied the game then neither team would score for almost three minutes until Emily Brushaber hit a jumper that put Seeger in the lead for good.
“Emily isn’t one who shoots a lot,” said Seeger head coach Brent Rademacher, “but that was a big one.”
The Patriots added to their advantage when Kiley Swisher stole the ball and went the length of the court for a basket. Miranda Synesael hit a lay-up then Hannah Gustus added two free throws before Bowman made the final basket of the night.
“We struggled in the fourth quarter,” said Falcon head coach Terry Naylor. “We didn’t execute down the stretch. We had more turnovers in the fourth quarter, maybe because we didn’t have our point guard.”
Sierra Grube was the player he was missing as she had fouled out with about seven minutes left in the game, but she was not the only one that battled foul trouble.
Several players on both teams found themselves either on the bench or having to be very careful as there were 18 fouls on the Falcons and fifteen on the Patriots.
“We really wanted to press them the entire game," said Rademacher, “but we couldn't with all the fouls. I think fouls hurt both teams tonight.”
Seeger opened the game by hitting three of the five treys they would make on the night in the first quarter. That enabled them to take a 19-8 lead going into the second.
North Vermillion became a bit more active on defense in the second quarter – especially defending Synesael, who had hit two of the Patriot three-pointers according to Naylor.