WILLARD — The girls basketball postseason tournament began for a few local teams on Tuesday Feb. 21. One of the games on the docket was the Colonel Crawford Lady Eagles versus the Seneca East Lady Tigers at Willard High School in a sectional semi-final matchup.
Seneca East would get the best of the Crawford squad for the third time this season and end the Eagles’ tourney run, 36-31.
Colonel Crawford’s season ends at 11-12 overall. Seneca East improved to 12-11 on the season and will push on to the sectional finals against the No. 1 seeded Western Reserve Lady Roughriders. That game will be played on Saturday Feb. 25 at Willard High School, with tipoff set for 6:15 pm.
Things appeared to start out slowly for both squads and at the end of the first quarter, Seneca East had a 9-7 advantage. The second quarter saw just 16 total points as well, with 11 going to the Lady Tigers to widen the deficit to 20-12 at the half. Crawford would outscore Seneca East in the third and fourth quarters (10-9, 9-7) but it would not be enough to keep the postseason going for the Lady Eagles.
Just three players scored on the night for head coach Kyle Fenner and the Crawford squad. Ashley Gwirtz finished the contest with 15 points. Alexus Burkhart would chip in 14 points and Abbie Bradshaw wrapped the Eagles’ scoring with two points.
Megan Siesel would be the only Lady Tigers’ player in double figures on the night. Siesel, the leading scorer in the Northern-10 Athletic Conference with 21.6 points per game, finished the contest with 16 points for Seneca East.
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