Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman Girls Survive Scare from Emporia

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman Girls Survive Scare from Emporia

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If beating a team three times in a season is difficult, doing it four times may seem like the ultimate challenge.

And it certainly was when Seaman's girls played host to an Emporia team it had already beaten three times by double digits in Wednesday's Class 5A sub-state opener.

The Vikings prevailed 49-42, but the final score wasn't nearly indicative of how much of a struggle it was for Seaman. The Vikings led just once in the first three quarters and were down nine late in the third quarter before a strong finish thwarted Emporia's upset bid.

"They put up a fight," Seaman coach Matt Tinsley said of the Spartans, who had lost to Seaman by 12, 13 and 12 in the three previous meetings. "At this point in the season, you find a way to win. Survive and advance. We'll refocus and get ready to go Friday."

With its seventh straight win, Seaman (15-6) will travel to DeSoto (16-5) for Friday's 7 p.m. sub-state championship game. The Wildcats beat Pittsburg 46-39 on Wednesday and will be looking to avenge a 20-point loss to Seaman earlier this season.

Trailing the bulk of the game, Seaman was in serious danger when Taylor Milleson converted a three-point play with 1:56 left to cap a 7-0 Emporia run that pushed the Spartans' lead to 30-21. Having struggled offensively all night, the Vikings were staring at their largest deficit of the game.

Viking sophomore Camryn Turner had exemplified Seaman's offensive woes, going 4 of 12 in the first half and missing her first two shots of the second half. But she buried a 3-pointer to immediately answer Milleson's three-point play and then scored on a steal, jump-starting a 9-2 Seaman run to finish the quarter to make it a 32-30 game.

"I know if it's not falling at the beginning I need to keep shooting and it's eventually going to fall," Turner said.

Turner nailed another 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter that tied the game at 33-all and then found Riley Cowan for an inside score that put Seaman up for just the second time in the game. …

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