Second half surge powers Pioneers’ victory

 

Pioneer women’s basketball team closed in a GLIAC conference win last night on home court against the Tiffin University Dragons 55-44.

Sydnee Penn dribbles the ball up the court last night in the Pioneers home victory over the Tiffin Dragons. Penn powered the Pioneers to victory by being the catalyst of a 34-19 second half comeback. (Photo by Louie DeGeorge)

Starting off a little shaky in the first half, the Pioneers battled a back-to-back struggle leaving the court at halftime down 25-21.

But after re-adjusting their minds and bodies at halftime, the Pioneers came out of the locker room ready to play and ready to win.

“We were trying to play fast the first half,” head coach Jason Mishler said. “But our minds were going faster than our bodies. After halftime we tried to do some of the things we talked about doing and we did them a little bit in the second half and we were able to pull through.”

The players echoed their coach’s sentiments as well by focusing on getting back to their core principles.

“We were a bit scattered when we came out the first half,” senior guard Trisha Seilhamer said. “We were thinking too fast and after the second half we figured we needed to box out, we needed to slow things down, and we had to execute the way that we practice, and once we did the little things that is when everything fell into place.”

The victory against the Dragons not only was a redeeming win from their loss against the Dragons a month ago, but also was a step ahead their conference rival, standing third in the rankings after last night’s win.

“It was a big game for us,” Mishler said. “They were one game behind us in the standing for third and it helps us in the standings. They’re a tough team, they have been in the GLIAC tournament for the past couple of years and anytime we win in a GLIAC game it gives us confidence.”

Confidence was a key element to their transformation after the first half. After a fast first half, the Pioneer women decided it was time for composer and confidence.

And with the help of leadership and drive, Seilhamer and junior guard Sydnee Penn helped bring victory to their team.

[pullquote]Sydnee Penn played really well,” Mishler said. “She made some big plays for us and really got us going with our confidence.”[/pullquote]

“Sydnee Penn played really well,” Mishler said. “She made some big plays for us and really got us going with our confidence.

“Trish played great as well.  She’s been the leader of our team here and kind of kept us together at halftime and kept us together there in the second half.”

Penn powered her team through the Dragons as she registered a double-double by scoring a game-high 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

“We kept it together and really kept composed at the end,” Seilhamer said. “We were tougher than them in the end and I think that is what helped us win.”

Although the Pioneers were able to rally their way to victory, the women’s basketball team remains a focused attitude on re-adjusting themselves for the next competition.

“As good as it feels winning, there are a lot of things we need to work on and things that we usually do but didn’t tonight,” Seilhamer said.

“We certainly didn’t play our best tonight but it was a good win for us,” Mishler said. “We are focused on the GLIAC and our next game but this win gives us confidence.”

With the win the women’s team improved to 13-9 overall, 9-9 in GLIAC play while Tiffin dropped its record to 10-12 overall, 7-11 in conference.

Pioneers women’s basketball team will make their next appearance at home this Saturday, Feb. 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Tina Oprean is a sports writer for The Aviso AVW.

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