On Wednesday evening, the Mississinewa Indians won their third straight contest, using a strong second half effort, particularly on defense, to defeat the Southwood Knights, 69-31.
Despite the double-digit win, Mississinewa Head Coach Omega Tandy was not pleased with how her team played in the first half. After taking a 12-3 lead after one, Mississinewa got a little lax on defense, allowing Southwood to score 15 points in the second frame.
“Honestly, I was a little disappointed in the way we executed,” Mississinewa Head Coach Omega Tandy said. “We did kind of get off to a slow start. Defensively, [we were] not doing what we had practiced doing. There was a stretch where it was 19-12 in the second quarter and I called a timeout. We made to make some adjustments to our mindset and the way we were playing.”
At halftime, Tandy challenged her team to go back out in the second half and play the way they are capable of playing, and the Indians responded.
“They came out in the third quarter, called their own offenses and defenses, and kind of took charge and were leaders out there on the floor,” Tandy said. “It paid off. I think the difference was our mindset on defense, which kind of [carried over] on the offensive end.”
Mississinewa outscored the Knights 19-9 in the third quarter, including an 18-0 run at one point, before scoring 18 points in the final stanza to secure the victory.
Alayna Webb led the Indians in scoring with 16 points, Caily Bolser scored 13, and Tyler Bartel finished with 11 in the victory.