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The Seeger girls basketball team celebrates after winning a Class 2A regional title on Saturday with a 57-41 win over Wabash in the title game at Tipton, Ind.

All season long Seeger has been known for playing good defense, but against Wabash in the Tipton 2-A regional title game, they added something else.

The Patriots dominated the boards on the Wabash end of the court. So after their defense made the Apaches take took a poor shot, Seeger would grab the rebound and race up court.

Doing so turned a close game into a 57-41 blowout.

“If you go in and look at the board, you’ll see the number one key to the game was box out and rebound,” said Patriot head coach Brent Rademacher. “We didn’t do a real good job of that in the first half, but we got better later on.”

The teams traded the leads through the first two and a half quarters before the Patriot defense and board work began to make their presence felt.

Seeger took the lead for good when Kelcey Swisher hit a runner with 51 second left in the third quarter. After the Patriots forced a turnover, she came down and hit a trey that made it 40-35 going into the final quarter.

Wabash cut into the lead with a basket to open the fourth quarter, but Swisher found Christen Lord, who nailed a long jumper for three of her game-high 26 points.

Abby Sexton followed with a lay-up, Lord hit two free throws and converted a three-point play and suddenly the Seeger lead was 13 at 50-37.

Wabash tried to get back into the game by fouling, but the Patriots answered that gambit by making enough free throws to maintain their lead and win the game.

Lord was euphoric after the game, saying, “This is our senior year and we wanted to prove we belonged here.”

She was the beneficiary of several excellent passes from Kelsey Griswold and Ariel Verhey fed her the ball on back cuts that Wabash was unable to defend.

Griswold gave credit to the entire team for the victory, saying, “We all thank each other after a play and we pick each other up all the time. We played as a team and it showed.”

It was up to Verhey to put into words what winning the regional title meant to the team.

“This is what we dream of all our life,” she said. “And we came together tonight to do it.”

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